What’s visceral fat and why should you care?

There are 2 different types of fat; subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous fat is stored directly below your skin and is the type you can ‘pinch’  Visceral fat is less obvious as it’s stored around the organs in the abdominal region including the liver, intestines and pancreas.

How do you know if you have visceral fat?

Well you could have an expensive scan done or you can measure your waistline. If you measure more than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women then you are carrying too much visceral fat even if you are a relatively healthy weight and generally in good health.

The dangers of visceral fat

Too much visceral fat can interfere with how your liver functions and interrupt normal hormonal communications between your vital organs. This can lead to insulin resistance (the beginning of diabetes), high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a higher risk for developing heart disease. High visceral fat storage has also been linked to breast cancer, colorectal cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

How to get rid of visceral fat

There are several things you can do to stop the accumulation and get rid of this dangerous fat. By doing them you will promote the usage of visceral fat by your body as a rule and lower your risk factors. In this video, I share my top 5 tips for reducing visceral fat.

I hope you found those tips helpful? If you know you are storing visceral fat, you now have several ways to reduce it and by doing so, you’ll get lighter and better race day results, I promise!

Starting today, what small change are you going to make to start to reduce your visceral fat?

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