Visceral Fat vs. Body Fat

(“Looking slim is one thing, being healthy is quite another!”)

What is visceral fat?

Visceral fat is different from other body fat. Visceral fat, also called intra-abdominal fat, refers to the fat that surrounds the internal organs and is the reason so many people have big bellies.  Visceral fat is the really dangerous fat, directly linked to diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. It is full of hormones and toxins, which, when released, go directly to the liver or into the bloodstream. (Thus the need for liver support.) The more visceral fat your body carries, the more likely you are to develop any of the above diseases or conditions, all of which can incapacitate or kill you.

Sedentary people, smokers and drinkers have been shown to have more visceral fat, than active people who are non-smokers and non-drinkers. 

What is body fat?
Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, is body fat that is close to the skin’s surface and is considered less dangerous than visceral fat. Body fat can be reduced through improved diet and building muscle mass through resistance exercise (muscle burns body fat).

How can you identify if you have visceral fat?

BMI (body mass index – height/weight ratio) is indeed a predictor of heart attack or visceral fat, but it is a relatively weak predictor when other risk factors (such as diabetes, smoking, cholesterol, diet, activity and hypertension) are taken into account.
In contrast, an elevated WTHR (waist to hip ratio) is a strong predictor of heart disease or visceral fat.
To calculate the WTHR,
–         Measure both your waist and hips in inches (or centimeters).
–         Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement.
–         In women, the ratio should be 0.8 or less (waist should be narrower than the hips).
–         In men the should be 1.0 or less (waist should be narrower or the same as the hips).
How to eliminate visceral fat?
Although visceral fat is the easiest to put on, it is also the easiest to take off. Although diet will slow down the increase of visceral fat, it is EXERCISE and CLEANSING that reduces it.
–         Know your starting point — Omron scale – – or the WTHR measurement
–         Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
–         Stop smoking
–         A brisk 30-minute walk, six times a week (3 times a week didn’t produce the same results)
–         Support the body’s detox system (rebounding, pure water, green drinks, skin brushing, infarred sauna, footbaths and liver support)
–         Clean diet – reduce/eliminate sugar, and processed/fried foods

 

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