In the earlier post on “how to lose weight fast”, we briefly touched on the two types of stomach fat; subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Today we will dig deeper into this topic, particularly on how lethal visceral fat is to our body than subcutaneous. We also look at some easy steps to reverse this condition, but before we proceed, let’s look at this video by Dr Oz on his TV show where he talks precisely about the same issue – Excess Stomach Fat.
Dr Oz mentions in this video “It’s not your weight, but it is your waist size which is the best predictor of health”. So how do we measure it? The ideal waist size measured at your belly button should not be more than half of your overall height. So guys go ahead and measure yours, and if it is more, then it is visceral fat. Visceral Fat is the one which lies behind your abdominal muscles and surrounds your organs like the liver and the pancreas. Subcutaneous fat lies under the skin above the stomach muscles. Numerous test and scientific research have proved that even though both types of fats is dangerous, visceral fat is more lethal primarily due to the consistent release of inflammatory molecules into your system. Consequences of this are heart diseases, kidney failure, diabetes and hypertension to name a few.
If you are still reading this article, then chances are that you are also suffering from this issue and are looking for a solution. We will look into that later but before that let’s understand for a fact that there is no quick fix for visceral fat. Forget about those bogus fat loss pills that are out there in the market, as doctors themselves have admitted that even liposuction fails to remove visceral fat. A nutritious and balanced diet coupled with a healthy lifestyle is the only solution for visceral fat. Having said that let’s look into some ways how we can achieve this and eventually get rid of visceral fat.
Easy steps to get rid of visceral fat.
- Eat small meals at regular intervals which have less of simple carbohydrates more of proteins and fibre. Do not overeat; the key is small meal size.
- Eat healthy fats like nuts, avocados, grass fed butter etc which aids in fat loss. Check this article for more information on “Healthy fats”.
- Avoid sitting for a long time and make it a point to exercise at least 30 minutes in a day. Even though a brisk walk across the park should do it but I would advocate a hard and intense routine of exercise which should leave you worked out even after you stop. However, the key is to get your body in motion.
- Quit smoking and avoid alcohol intake. If not at least reduce it.
- Follow a routine with the diet and don’t confuse your body with irregular eating. This confuses your digestive enzymes resulting in fat accumulation. The key here is to respect you biological clock especially as you grow older.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Each day, at least 2 to 3 litres in small portions at regular intervals should be consumed, rather than gulping half a litre in one shot.
- Stay away from soft drinks, processed food and items that contain refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Check this article which talks about the effects on Sugar to our body.
In the end, what matters is your willpower to reverse the obese situation to a healthy condition. A word of caution, it takes time and dedication in achieving it. Think about it, that fat was not accumulated in the body in one week instead, it has been plaguing on from years, then how on earth will it vanish in one week.
On that note, share this information with family, friends and loved ones, because sharing the knowledge is the best way to help others.