Most people worry about the fat that they accumulate around their abdomen, thighs, hips etc but there is a more dangerous form of fat that we don’t see. This fat is called visceral fat and it is hidden deep in the body. Most of the time you do not even know it is there until health problems occur.
Visceral fat is stored deep in the belly and around organs such as the heart, kidney and liver. The accumulation of this fat may be in part to genetics but an unhealthy lifestyle plays a big part. Smoking, drinking and eating a diet high in processed food contributes to visceral fat storage.
The problem with visceral fat cells is that they produce hormones and chemicals that increase internal inflammation and have been linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. 20% of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are not overweight but they may be viscerally obese.
Exercise is the most effective way to combat visceral fat because it increases your body ratio of lean muscle to fat. When you have more lean muscle your metabolic rate is higher as muscle is a tissue that requires constant rebuilding and repair.
Muscle is also denser than fat and you weight more when you put on muscle. Don’t let this demotivate you, judge your success by how you are fitting into your clothes and how many centimetres you have lost around your waist and thighs. How easy it is to climb stairs and walk.