While most people worry about belly fat because of how it makes them look and feel, there is a bigger issue lying deep inside a bulging midsection…
Something that is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease…
And it’s killing us.
See while we fuss about the fat under our skin and the “inch we can pinch”, inside the abdominal walls excess fat can crowd and inflame our organs, or viscera.
Visceral fat: The dangers
A fat filled mid-section is strongly linked to impaired glucose and lipid metabolism, insulin resistance and colon and breast cancer…
In fact, the greater the abdominal obesity the higher the risk of metabolic syndrome.
And as a hormonally active tissue, visceral fat releases a range of bioactive molecules and hormones including those that harm our health.
Visceral fat: Measuring your risk
The most accurate way to measure how much visceral fat you have is through MRI and CT but these are costly and inconvenient.
However, while body mass index (BMI) doesn’t differentiate between different tissues or visceral or subcutaneous fat, it is a decent easy measure that correlates well.
A BMI greater than 25 kg m2 defines overweight and above 30 kg m2 is considered obese and we know that, for the most part, as BMI rises so does abdominal fat making this measurement a helpful guide.
Waist circumference is also able to provide some insight into the likelihood of intra-abdominal fat stores…
We women should maintain a waist circumference lower than 80 cm.
Visceral fat: Reducing your numbers and your risk
This begs an important question: what can you do to shed belly fat and lower your risk of deadly disease?
Let’s take a look…
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It’s important to follow a low glycaemic load food plan, with plenty of leafy salad greens and veg, some fresh fruit and gluten-free fibre-rich, whole food whole grains.
If you’re a fan of alcohol, fried foods, red and processed meats, refined grains and
sugary drinks, you guessed it: They need to go!
Remember, also, to be aware of your portion sizes because double helpings don’t help.
2) The little-known crucial key: our microbiota
When most people think of tummy fat, they don’t think about gut microbiota but…
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that unhealthy gut bug species are linked to “the intake of a diet low in fruit, whole grains and fermented dairy products and high in red, processed meat and eggs and fried and fast foods” and to increased visceral fat.
What can you do to improve your digestive health?
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Especially if you are peri or post menopausal or have type 2 diabetes, exercise is needed to shed visceral fat.
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism confirmed this, finding a simple 50-minute walking program, three times per week, was enough to encourage the loss of visceral fat.
Add in resistance training and the results can be spectacular!
You’ll look and feel great and you may just save your life!
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