What is visceral fat?

Not all body fat is equal, and visceral fat is a really nasty sort to have.

Visceral fat is the fat stored within the abdominal cavity, it envelopes the internal organs.

Broadly speaking most people fall into two types of body shape if they carry excess fat – apples or pears.

apples and pears

If you’re a ‘pear’ you carry your excess weight predominantly on your bum and thighs.

Compared to visceral fat, this fat is relatively quiet in terms of harm it does to the body.

Hip and thigh fat represents food intake beyond your need, and if you keep this up you’ll get fat round the middle, and perhaps develop visceral fat too.

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What Is Visceral Fat?

If you’re an ‘apple’ it’s even more important for you to maintain a healthy weight, because you’re likely to be storing fat within your abdominal cavity when you put the excess pounds on.

If you have a spare tyre this is basically the outer manifestation of visceral fat contained within your abdomen, encasing and squashing your vital internal organs. Unlike ‘pear’ fat which is a pain to tuck into jeans, visceral fat is a totally different monster.

Visceral fat has been likened to a gland in its own right because it releases so many active hormones – most of which are a nightmare for the rest of your body. One on them is leptin.

The bigger your belly the more leptin will be floating around your body, and this invites diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia and certain cancers to visit.

Your waist measurement is the most powerful predictor of getting one of the above, and gives you an idea of the amount of visceral fat you have.

Your Waist Measurement Predicts Your Health

This is taken from the British Heart Foundation site:

what is visceral fat

Women – increased health risk with waist measurement over 32″ (94cm), severe risk over 35″ (88cm)

Men – increased health risk over 37″ (94cm), severe risk over 40″ (102cm)

What is visceral fat – it’s a ticking time bomb to your health.

Get in touch with any questions, have a great week.

Dr Julie

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