4 Things To Know About Visceral Fat

What is visceral fat?

Visceral fat is one of two fat types that experts talk about in regards to belly fat, the other is subcutaneous. A healthy amount of subcutaneous fat is needed in the body but too much of it can be a visible sign of being overweight or obese. However, visceral fat is far more dangerous and hard to see. It is body fat stored around your internal organs in your abdominal region, including your liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines.

What are the risks of excess visceral fat?

Excess visceral fat is dangerous as it releases toxic chemicals in the body, can provoke inflammatory pathways and can signal molecules that can interfere with the normal hormonal functions.

Carrying excess visceral fat can increase the risks of:

  • High blood pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Breast cancer

  • Dementia

  • Obesity

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Sleep disorders

What can be done to reduce visceral fat?

You can cut down on visceral fat by:

  • Reducing sugar and refined carbohydrates intakes

  • Increasing the consumption of non-starchy vegetables, fats and proteins

  • Regular exercise

  • Reducing stress

  • Improving your sleep

How can I monitor my visceral fat?

Contact Court House Squash and Wellness today for an InBody test which would give you a clear picture of what your body composition is and how you can work on your health and fitness goals.

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