Are you familiar with the term Visceral Fat? We’re sure you’ve heard about it. It’s all the unwanted belly fat that forms inside the abdomen. It is considered dangerous because it is the type of fat that surrounds the internal organs, like the liver and the intestines and is also known as ‘Active Fat’ because it influences how hormones function in the body.
Visceral Fat can pose a lot of problems. If you have more fat stored than you need, especially around visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, your body becomes inflamed. This kind of fat stores inflammatory white blood cells and this is why inflammatory belly fat is linked with cognitive decline, arthritis, diabetes and so on.
Fat-generated inflammatory cytokines are the main contributors to heart disease and other inflammatory disorders. When your body is inflamed, your liver becomes overwhelmed with cholesterol and toxins, which leads to plaque buildup in your arteries. Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease markers like high triglycerides, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Furthermore, Visceral fat is thought to play a large role in insulin resistance, which means a heightened risk for developing diabetes.
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Apart from Exercising, reducing stress and managing your diet well, beware of how you cook your meals as well. Boiling, steaming, baking, and grilling foods will help to make meals healthier and lower in fat. On the other hand, certain foods encourage belly fat. For instance, trans fats are found in meats and dairy as well as in deep-fried or processed foods. Avoid them along with sodas, candy, baked goods, and other foods sweetened with fructose.
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