Visceral Fat – What is it?

Contrary to subcutaneous fat which is placed just under the skin, visceral fat is a much lesser known but equally much more important type of body fat. Some scientists even say it’s the most dangerous type of fat to collect in the body.This type of fat collects and hides in the nooks and crannies deep within the body especially in the belly and abdomen and creates a swampy mass of fatty, cellulite-like tissue covering the internal organs and logging up arteries.

You can easily identify those who have a large amount of visceral fat contained in their body because we have coined names for this. Names like “pot-belly”, “beer-belly”, “muffin top” and “jelly-belly”, not very nice I know, but true! The visceral fat settles in the abdominal cavity, most predominantly around the liver, which can form quite a large bulge if ignored.The main culprit for this is mostly our unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles which allows the body to accumulate this type of fat in that part of the body. One would think that a complete overhaul of lifestyle and diet would be appropriate to stop the accumulation of any more of these fatty deposits and to eliminate the visceral fat that is already there, right? But before we tackle the problem of how to do this, I first want to point out the very real dangers of excess visceral fat in the body and how it can create very real health risks.Due to the fact that visceral fat accumulates in the abdomen, coats and surrounds your internal organs as well as clogging up your arteries, it clearly will have a major impact on your health. We are all aware of the fact that the heart is a muscle which has to keep beating at a steady and regular pace to maintain life. But if the heart is pumping blood through clogged up arteries and the hearts is surrounded by fat then the heart will eventually give out. But before that happens you could be suffering from a whole range of complications linked to heart problems, such as blood pressure/hypertension and potential heart attack, which opens the door for all kinds of treatments and medications to counteract the damage such as angiogram and/or stent placement.And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, you could also potentially start to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, as the liver cannot process all the fatty substances in the blood, which triggers an insulin resistance. With the high levels of cholesterol coursing through your veins and a whole host of serious and potential life threatening heart and health problems it’s time to take action. You can prevent all of these future health risks and stop the vicious cycle from ever starting. We now know what precisely is visceral fat and how it can affect the body, now lets take a look and what we need to avoid so we stop the accumulation of this fat the body.If any of the following are common in your life yu could be accumulating excess visceral fat and putting your health at risk.

  • High stress levels (long-term)
  • Obesity
  • Unbalanced diet (high in fat, especially)
  • Sedentary lifestyle (little to no exercise)
  • Smoker
  • Drinker (more than 2 alcoholic drinks on a daily basis)

In your quest to have a slimmer, fitter and healthier life including a better diet, we are obliged to confront the problem of belly fat. The fact is that visceral fat is very much harder to get rid of then subcutaneous fat, but please don’t be put-off or discouraged just yet, harder doesn’t actually mean impossible or really difficult. If you simply add an extra hour to your exercise plan, broken down into manageable sections, you will see the difference in no time at all. If you currently do not exercise, the suggestion is to do some moderate exercise at least 3 times per week, and then set up a more intensive and disciplined plan as you see the results of your
efforts. Raising the heart-rate and including some waist slimming exercises during the initial phase will get you off to a cracking start. Choosing a side salad instead of chips or roast potatoes is also another step in the right direction. You could also add some fat burning foods to your diet. Getting rid off excess visceral fat and maintaining a healthy diet with some moderate exercise is going to be your ticket to a healthier, longer and definitely slimmer life!