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Visceral Fat – What is it?

Posted on | March 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

42-16033240Visceral Fat is scientifically known as abdominal fat, organ fat or intra-abdominal fat.  However most of you will be more familiar with Beer Gut, Beer Belly, Muffin Top, Love Handles, “Lovies” or Pot Belly.  All jokes aside – Visceral fat is actually a health risk. 

This type of fat is located between internal organs and torso of the abdomen. Therefore, it’s NOT the fat under the skin (subcutaneous) it’s the deep fat surrounding your vital organs.

Excess visceral fat causes Central Obesity and indicates a higher risk of having cardiovascular disease. Central Obesity is of course associated with a large waist circumference and having an apple shaped body.

 An apple shape, high visceral fat and large waist circumference increase the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and is a marker that suggests you may have Metabolic Syndrome. 

 What are your health risks?

 Are you an Apple Shape or a Pear Shape?   A Pear is best!

 What is your Waist Circumference?  

 Place a measuring tape on your navel and wrap it around to measure your waist circumference.  You are at purchase antibiotics online risk of suffering from health problems if:

Men have a Waist Circumference greater than 100 cm   – and –

Women have a Waist Circumference greater than 90 cm

 Sit-Ups Myth Buster!

Don’t fall for the gimmicks and bad advice.  Sit-ups don’t work to make your stomach flatter.  You can’t spot reduce. 

 The best way to reduce visceral fat is a through eating a balanced diet (I recommend protein-dominant diet) and regular cardiovascular and resistance exercise.

Best of all – seek out the professional help of a Health Coach.  And save your money if ANYONE tries to tell you that sit-ups will get rid of your beer gut.

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