Get Rid of the Visceral Fat!

Get Rid of the Visceral Fat!

Have you been walking down the street lately and noticed a man’s belly pushing out excessively from underneath his coat?  More than likely, this man is suffering from a large build-up of visceral fat throughout his abdominal area.  What is visceral fat you ask?  Visceral fat is the type of fat that builds up and wraps around your organs including your heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas.  This is a very dangerous fat because it can release inflammatory chemicals that can cause a variety of serious health problems and complications.  In comparison, there is also subcutaneous fat which builds up under the skin primarily and causes general, cosmetic issues in a person’s body.  Of the two, visceral fat is definitely more dangerous.

So how do you rid your body of this visceral fat?

Along with proper diet and exercise, there are several things you can try to help target visceral fat.  First, try and avoid sugar, specifically fructose, if possible.  Most people think that fruit juices are healthy because they contain healthy words like apple, grape, etc.  In the raw form of actual fruits, yes, fructose can be healthy and beneficial.  But, when it comes to most fruit juices, sugar or high-fructose corn syrup is often added to the drink which creates dietary problems causing an increase in the amount of sugar that enters our body unnaturally.  This can lead to an increase in visceral fat.

Another dietary change that you can make is the consumption of whole grain complex carbohydrates. 

Whole grains help you feel fuller longer because they take longer for the body to fully digest.  This helps us to avoid the cravings that we may have between meals in which we are more likely to indulge in unhealthy and unsatisfying fast food.  Also, since the whole grains take longer to digest, this allows your body to have a constant flow of nutrients, preventing sharp drops in blood glucose levels.

Along with dietary changes, there is a need for increased physical activity.

Even if you can commit 30 minutes a day to an activity you enjoy, it is a good starting point.  Eventually, you should incorporate exercises that will challenge your cardiovascular fitness such as treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes.  A great way to really target the visceral fat burning process is to incorporate interval training into your cardiovascular workouts.  This type of training utilizes short, intense bouts of training with a short to medium bout of recovery followed by an intense bout again.  This process is repeated for a specific time frame and helps your body to continue to burn fat even after you leave the gym for the day.

 

source; Valley Chiropractic Rehab

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