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The Internal Organ That Makes You Fat

If you want to lose weight, you need to shrink your omentum, the fat organ that is connected to your stomach.

The sole purpose of this part of your anatomy is to catch and store fat, and once fat is stored there your body has easy access to it. That's not a good thing because the fat creates an inflammatory process that irritates the arteries and puts you at risk for blocked arteries.

That's the word from Oprah Winfrey's favorite doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, author of several books, including "YOU: On a Diet, The Owner's Manual for Waist Management," who told Oprah's viewers about the omentum. "This organ literally pumps chemicals into your body, and it holds the secrets to losing weight."

A healthy omentum that is not packed with fat looks lacy, much like stockings. It's transparent and thin. The unhealthy omentum is heavy and thick with fat. From the outside it looks like a beer belly. "When someone's beer-bellied, you know how it gets that tense, big look? That's the omentum pushing up against your stomach, and it coils up in there." Here's the good news: Lose weight and your omentum will shrink and return to its natural lacy, transparent state.

If the omentum is an organ that makes you fat, did you know you have a muscle that also makes you fat? That's the tongue. "First of all, the tongue makes us incredibly good at eating," Dr. Oz said on "Oprah." "Human beings don't waste any calories. We put food in our mouth, and we get the calories out because the tongue moves the food around a lot and our teeth embed against each other. Now, because we're efficient like that, we extract all the calories. Our tongue also tells us what kinds of food to eat."

The foods you crave could reflect your mood. "Our bodies are designed to fulfill our needs," Dr. Oz explained on "Oprah." "The gut and the brain are the two most closely related organs. So it makes perfect sense that the foods we eat change the way our brains function."

Dr. Oz thinks these common cravings are a sign of how we're feeling:

  • Meat could mean you're angry.
  • Sweets might be a sign of depression.
  • Ice cream might mean you're anxious.
  • Salty snacks could mean you're stressed.
  • Pasta might signal loneliness or sexual frustration.
  • All of the above might mean you're just a little bit jealous.

(Source: Oprah.com)

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