Visceral fat technically means excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue accumulation. In other words, it is known as a “deep” fat that is stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It is a form of gel like fat that is actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
Visceral fat is especially dangerous because, as you will find out, these fat cells do more than just sit there and cause your pants to feel tight – they also change the way your body operates.
Types of fat
There are different types of fat present in the body. Brown fat, white fat, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, belly fat, and thigh fat.
Carrying around excess visceral fat is linked with an increased risk for many fatal diseases like coronary artery disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, depression, arthritis, obesity, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, etc.
When there is too much glucose ill our bloodstream and our cells already have filled glycogen stores, glucose is stored as fat. The more often and longer that blood insulin levels remain high, the more likely a person is to accumulate excess body fat and to battle weight problems. Insulin also communicates with many other hormones needed for various functions, including those made in the adrenal glands, such as the stress hormone cortisol. Abnormally high levels of insulin and hormonal imbalances result in powerful urges to eat, mood changes, lack of energy and various other factors that contribute to disease formation. Hence it is very important to maintain a healthy insulin level in our blood stream.
Research suggests that when you control diet, you mostly lose white fat, which is different than visceral fat and tends to be lost or gained evenly all over the body. You are more likely to lose visceral fat when you combine exercise with diet control.
Visceral fat, in fact, is an avoidable health nuisance which should not be allowed to accumulate at all. In this, proper diet, exercise and sleep are the most important tools to help you out.
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