Hop on the Tanita scales at my gym in Mosman and you’ll notice one measurement called ‘Visceral Fat’.
It is the hardest to move, but one you really want to push into the healthy range.
Why is that?
Well, the best place to start is to define what visceral fat is.
Visceral means “having to do with the organs”. It’s the fat within our abdominal cavity. It’s different to the fat which sits around our waist, just under the skin. Visceral fat is beneath the muscle and down deep inside.
You can’t pinch visceral fat.
It smothers your organs, such as your intestines, liver and pancreas. In doing so, it carries a much, much higher risk of disease. Insulin resistance, heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes have all been linked to high visceral fat levels.
You might not be able to see it, but you can’t escape it.
Well, how do you decrease it?
Luckily for us, visceral fat can be lost similarly to normal fat.
Consume fewer calories than your body burns each day and exercise regularly. Sticking to that one rule WILL burn visceral fat over time. Be consistent.
There are a couple more things you can also do to decrease visceral fat.
Visceral fat is definitely a measurement to be aware of.
After reading this though, it shouldn’t be a problem!