Belly fat is typically a mix of subcutaneous and visceral fat. According to Web MD, visceral or “deep” fat wraps around the inner organs and is considered to be a major health hazard. It plays a role in insulin resistance and increases risk of diabetes.
Leptin, a hormone released by belly fat, plays a role in appetite regulation but also in learning and memory. This makes it harder to control your food cravings and can affect your cognitive abilities. In fact, people with larger bellies were found to have an increased risk of dementia. (source) Belly fat can be stubborn and hard to lose, but if you put in the work and change your diet, you can blast away your belly in as little as 14 days.