Visceral fat can increase the risk of many diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia, and depression among others so it is really important to lose excess visceral fat.
Some slimming clubs focus solely on overall weight on the scales and don’t pay attention to what the composition of the weight is.
When I assess clients I use a Tanita scales that measures body fat and muscle percentage, and also measures Visceral fat, which is the internal fat in the abdomen area that can actually wrap around major organs. As you can imagine, this type of fat is particularly dangerous and it is so important to focus on losing visceral fat. It can be more difficult to measure also and some people who I assess appear to be very healthy but their visceral fat can indicate high levels.
I recommend when trying to lose weight to make sure that you are getting a good balance of the three key macronutrients namely protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats. In western society, generally people seem to eat more simple carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta, white rice and potatoes rather than a good balance of the 3 major food types. In addition taking a good multivitamin and making sure you have plenty of fibre in your diet is very important to keep everything working smoothly.
There are 4 key things the body needs to be in balance:
- A Balanced Diet
I can’t emphasise enough how important this is. A good guideline for water consumption is 2 litres per day with some needing more. Rule of thumb is about 1 litre per 32kg or 5 stone (70 lbs) of body weight.
Hope you found this helpful.