There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area.
Subcutaneous fat lies directly beneath the skin, on top of the abdominal muscles and covers up your abdominal muscles. Subcutaneous fat shifts with movement, and is often referred to as stubborn fat because it is difficult to get rid of even with diet and exercise.
Visceral fat lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively, but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.
Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both types of fat greatly increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
Subcutaneous Fat (stubborn fat like love handles) shifts when you move or sit & is hard to burn through diet and exercise
Visceral Fat (think beer belly) feels somewhat hard when you push it & is effectively reduced through dist & exercise
Of course diet and exercise can reduce the amount of visceral fat in your abdomen but subcutaneous fat can be resistant to diet and exercise. Often cosmetic procedures are the most effective way to remove subcutaneous fat for good.