Did you know there are different types of fat, and that not all fat is bad? Visceral fat, also known as ‘white fat’, is considered to be the most dangerous. Fast Fit Body Sculpting explains how visceral fat develops, potential risks, and how to get rid of it.
What is visceral fat?
Visceral fat is more dangerous than you may think. This type of fat can lead to heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, arthritis, depression, obesity and a variety of other serious medical conditions.
Visceral fat provokes inflammatory pathways and interferes with the body’s normal hormonal functions.
Visceral fat is considered to be ‘deep fat’. Visceral fat forms a gel like substance that wraps around your major organs over time. The blood flow of visceral fat drains into the liver from the portal vein, which means that the toxins and fatty acids from visceral fat are filtered through the liver. This has a negative impact on the production of blood lipids, or cholesterol levels.
The key indicator of visceral fat is a protruding belly and large waist, but it can be present in anyone.
Fast Fit Body Sculpting will do a free body composition analysis to determine your body fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and visceral fat to help us develop a plan which is fully customized to you.
How visceral fat develops
Visceral fat develops as a result of too much glucose — or sugar — in your bloodstream. Our cells fill with glycogen, and glucose then begins to store itself as fat in the body. Eating refined and processed carbohydrates and foods high in sugar and starch quickly intensifies this process. These simple, refined carbohydrates enter the bloodstream and trigger a large release of insulin from your pancreas. This leads to weight gain and increased hunger and begins a cycle which makes it difficult to stop consuming these products.
The longer your blood insulin levels remain high, the more likely it is that you will gain excess body fat and become overweight. Your hormone levels will also be negatively affected, and these hormonal imbalances will further trigger your urge to eat, changes in your mood and lack of overall energy. This is a perfect storm for the formation of disease in the body.
The risks of visceral fat
Visceral fat places you at a higher risk of developing inflammation in the body, which is considered to be at the root of many medical conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline such as dementia. In fact, studies show that the bigger your hip to waist ratio is, the more likely you are to develop dementia.
You’re also at a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Additionally, due to the hormonal changes associated with excess body fat, the greater your visceral adipose tissue (or VAT) is, the more likely you are to experience depression and other mood disorders.
How to lose visceral fat
Women with a waist circumference larger than 35 inches and men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches are most at risk for health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and mood disorders.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. Losing visceral fat is very difficult, even with changes to your diet and increased exercise. To lose visceral fat, you should reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbs, eat more non-starchy vegetables, fat from lean sources and protein, exercise regularly, and reduce your stress levels.
To make these methods work even better for you, you should consider Fast Fit Body Sculpting’s red light therapy for fat loss. Red light therapy is particularly effective in combination with a variety of lifestyle and diet changes. Contact Fast Fit Body Sculpting today to learn more and get started down a pathway to a healthier lifestyle!