The Invisible Killer Visceral Fats

The Invisible Killer Visceral Fat

The invisible killer or visceral fat is scary because it's not visible. There are so many people walking around that they don't know they are dangerously high in visceral fat.

Before we go any further, let's distinguish between the two types of fat found in our body.

Subcutaneous fat is the fat that sits just under your skin. It's easy to feel, just gently pinch your waist. This is subcutaneous fat.

The other (visceral) fat sits behind the abdominal wall in the abdominal cavity. Visceral fat accumulates around the organs – the lungs, heart, pancreas, liver, and intestines. The more visceral fat you have, the less space your vital organs have to do their essentials.

This poses a serious threat to health:

  1. Increases blood pressure, which leads to heart attacks.
  2. Secretes a hormone that causes inflammation in the body that leads to arthritis and cancer.
  3. Affects the liver and leads to insulin resistance, which is the onset of type II diabetes.
  4. Associated with Alzheimer's and dementia

What are the main causes of visceral fat accumulation:

  1. Age. The older we get, the more susceptible we are to visceral fat accumulation.
  2. Poor diet. Reliance on processed foods too much is a major contributor to visceral fat.
  3. Alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption – think about beer belly.
  4. Exercise. Excessive intake of calories without exercise or a means of burning off inevitably leads to the accumulation of visceral fat.
  5. Stress. It's not known that stress triggers a hormone that helps build visceral fat.
  6. Not enough sleep.
  7. Postmenopausal women.

The first observation you can make is that if you have a large midsection you are likely to be carrying an excess of visceral fat.

Another test that is easy to perform is to check your BMI, or body mass index. Click here to use our BMI calculator.

If you need further assistance, please book an initial assessment at your nearest motivational clinic, where we:

  • Perform an overall body composition analysis where we measure your fat, water and muscle percentages, your visceral fat percentages and your metabolic age.
  • Evaluate your measurements, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), check your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Examine your current daily eating habits and lifestyle, and discuss where to make changes.
  • This consultation will help you determine which type of plan best suits your needs based on your personal and unique needs.


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