Visceral fat, unseen by us all and yet a real risk to our health.
There are 2 types of fat stored in our bodies, that which is stored under our skin (subcutaneous fat) and internal fat (visceral fat).
Subcutaneous fat defines our body shape and is not thought to have the same health risks as visceral fat, which is stored in our abdomen and around the liver, pancreas and intestines. Visceral fat is now thought to be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.
We all have some levels of this fat and it has been shown that when the stress hormone Cortisol is released the body accumulates visceral fat, though this is not the only reason why visceral fat is laid down.
It is possible to reduce the level of visceral fat through eating a healthy balanced diet
(yes, all roads lead to the Eatwell guide), taking regular exercise, getting a good night’s sleep, reducing your stress level, keeping alcohol to a sensible level and quitting smoking.
Remember my recent blog about apples and pears? Well, I have low levels of visceral fat so all my fat is on the outside. Isn`t it a shame I cannot show off my gorgeous liver or perky pancreas. LOL !
Down with visceral fat, aim to be slim inside and out!