What is Visceral fat
Our body always have some fat. But excess fat is always linked to Heart diseases and metabolic problems. All types of Fats are dangerous but some fat are create more problems than others.
One of them is Visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored within the abdominal cavity and is located near several vital organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. Point worth noting is that all belly fat is not necessarily visceral fat.
If you have some belly fat, that’s not necessarily visceral fat. Belly fat can also be subcutaneous fat, stored just under the skin, you can easily see subcutaneous fat but visceral fat is hidden in abdominal cavity and cannot be seen.
How Visceral fat is measured
- CT Scan / MRI Scan – Best and most accurate method to measure Visceral fat is CT scan or MRI scan. But both methods are expensive and time consuming.
- Waist measurement – Measure your waist near belly button. Don’t measure a narrowest part. Measure at one single point every time. For men measurement above 40 cm and for women anything above 36 cm is bad.
- Waist to hip ratio – Take a circumference measurement of the waist and hip which will give you your waist to hip ratio. For men anything above 1 is bad and for women it should be below 0.85.
- Monitor scale – This uses an electrical current that can differentiate between different fat tissues.
Losing Visceral Fat
- Eat Healthy and balanced diet – Consume more of whole grains, green vegetable and food rich in proteins. Cut processed food from your diet. Stop taking sugar and alcohol.
- Workout each day – Train in high intensity exercises regularly for at least 30 to 60 minutes. Every person has different body type and different endurance. Consult fitness expert/ doctor before stating any type of workout.
- Get more sleep – Try to sleep 8 hrs in night. Not having good amount of sleep impacts gain of visceral fat. Try to get good amount sleep, if you are not able to sleep properly consult doctor.
- Drink lot of water – A healthy person should drink 2 Liters of water a day. Drinking water reduces inflammation inside body and also increases calories burnt.