Why are you measuring your visceral fat?
Now that government-enforced regulations are being relaxed, many people are planning on weight loss after Covid-19. Some sectors of our economy are still excluded from regular trading, but for many there is a sense of normalcy that is being resumed. The number of people vaccinated is increasing day by day, so the prospect of large gatherings and trips abroad is only a few months away.
Commentators have clung to the Covid stone, a simple catchphrase for the weight many people gained over the course of the three bans. This simplifies what is a very challenging situation for many. Certainly many people have been affected by the lockdowns, and as I wrote earlier, many of the outlets that have helped burn those excess calories and thus maintain the body's natural balance have been closed. The net result is that many people put on weight, but when normal routines return, most of that weight will be lost over time.
But for those people who had a weight problem that went into locks, their situation mainly got worse. Pretty much everything slowed down during the lockdown.
Work became home work.
The school became the home school.
Sport became couch sport.
So there was an increase in food and alcohol sales. This was to be expected, but with all of these shut down calorie burning opportunities, it was inevitable that there would be national weight gain. That weight gain is a primary concern for the aforementioned cohort who entered the lockdown with a BMI score that puts them in the overweight / obesity category.
Although we are entering the Mas vaccination phase against Covid-19, it is important to reiterate the now medically and scientifically proven relationship between obesity and the expected poor outcome if you become infected with Cvoid-19. The key to understanding it is your body fat percentage and specifically the type and percentage of body fat you carry.
Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat are good. A small amount of fat is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids that the body cannot make on its own. Fat helps the body absorb vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. These vitamins are fat-soluble, that is, they can only be absorbed with the help of fats.
Visceral fat is the bogey fat. Carrying too much fat leads to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is also the fat that comes with complications when contracting Covid-19. Over time, as you gain weight, visceral fat builds up around your organs. Since it is invisible, its importance is only recognized when a health problem arises.
When motivated, measuring your visceral fat is one of the most important weight loss screening measurements of our initial assessment. This will give you a general health report that will help you measure where you are and what steps to take to reduce your BMI.
My goodbye message to you: If you are planning on weight loss after Covid-19, an important first step is measuring your visceral fat. Please check out our nationwide network of weight management clinics here.