The fat of our body is not the same everywhere, it varies according to the zone where it is and can have more or less important consequences on our health. Fat deposits in the abdomen, called visceral fat or abdominal fat , are thought to be associated with increased risk of various diseases such as diabetes, sleep disorders, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. It is not about the subcutaneous fat of the love handles, but of the one under the muscles of the abdominal wall. Here are three things to know about it.
1) How to identify visceral fat
Having a belly does not necessarily mean that our body stores abdominal (or visceral) fat . Indeed, if certain criteria of waist circumference are supposed to indicate the presence of abdominal obesity, it is the measurement of the arterial pressure and a lipid balance which makes it possible to establish a certain diagnosis.
2) The impact of a sedentary lifestyle
Unlike fat in the legs and hips , visceral fat benefits from a very dynamic renewal process. If you do not eat enough, it is reduced much faster than other types of fat deposits. And it generates a lot of energy when needed. But our sedentary lifestyle and often excessive food intake prevent it from turning into energy, and its effect on health is more serious than other types of fat.
3) Get rid of it
Experts interviewed by the UK’s Guardian website point out that abdominal fat is relatively easy to “burn” by practicing half an hour of vigorous exercise each day without increasing food intake, or decreasing portions of food. Classic abdominal exercises should be avoided because they only help the muscles keep the fat in the abdominal cavity, but any form of physical activity is welcome.