Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity, further underneath the skin, and surrounding internal organs. Visceral fat is more dangerous to carry than subcutaneous fat because it negatively impacts normal hormonal function in the body. It can increase risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease, certain cancers, and even Alzheimer’s disease. The best way to test if you are carrying excess visceral fat is through an MRI scan, however a basic waistline measurement can also be a good indicator of excess visceral fat.
To get rid of excess visceral fat, you just need decrease your total body fat percentage. Through eating a balanced diet of natural, whole foods and leading an active lifestyle, you can lose weight – including visceral fat – and decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other weight related diseases. Another great way to avoid visceral fat is to greatly limit your intake of alcohol and sugar as these are commonly stored as visceral fat. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try to snack on whole fruits that balance natural sugars with fiber which will help you maintain a healthy weight.
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