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Why Is Reducing Visceral Fat Important to My Health?

Keeping your weight down isn’t about fitting in your skinny jeans or your favorite shirt — it’s also about your overall health. This is especially true when it comes to body fat. But not all of your body fat is the same; in fact, visceral fat is the worst of the worst when it comes to your health.

At Marvelous Clinic and Medspa, our team is ready to help you shed the excess fat that has you feeling weighed down. Dr. Mohamed Mansour is our expert physician who helps you figure out if you’re at risk for dangerous conditions due to a buildup of visceral fat. If so, he offers several options to help you lose the fat for good.

What is visceral fat?

 

Your body is made up of many different components — skin, blood, muscles, ligaments, bones, and fat. Fat is something that’s inevitable, and something that your body needs. However, too much fat is a problem, as it leads to obesity and harmful medical conditions.

The most dangerous type of fat is known as visceral fat. This type of fat is located specifically in your abdominal cavity. It’s usually deep within your abdomen, and encases your organs. It’s especially prevalent around your liver, intestines, and stomach. Visceral fat is dangerous because it can also find its way into your arteries.

This type of fat is considered an active fat, meaning that it plays a part in how certain things in your body, like your hormones, function and are used. This is why visceral fat can end up being dangerous if it’s left go.

But is your belly fat the same as visceral fat? The answer is no. The fat that you can see under your skin is known as subcutaneous fat, and isn’t nearly as harmful as visceral fat. We at Marvelous Clinic measure visceral fat accurately with the most affordable Dexa scan body composition and also track it every three months via Dexa scan to make sure it burns properly with our weight management program.

Visceral fat and your health

Even though visceral fat can’t be seen with the naked eye, it poses a lot of serious health risks when it’s not under control. Visceral fat and obesity are similar in the fact that they both increase your risks of conditions that could be debilitating in some cases. For instance, visceral fat may lead to diseases like:

When you have excess visceral fat, it can lead to insulin resistance in your body. If you don’t try to get it under control, insulin resistance can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus. This is a lifelong problem, and can result in even more complications down the road.

So it seems that if you have visceral fat, your health is doomed, right? Although it does put you at risk, there are steps you can take to get your body, and your overall wellness under control.

How to lose visceral fat

The best way you can lose excess visceral fat is to take charge of your health and wellness. This means losing weight if you’re obese or overweight. Although this isn’t easy, it’s essential in destroying the excess fat in your abdomen.

A healthy diet is the first step in getting your health under control. This means kicking the sweets and sugar to the curb, and fueling up on lean meats and vegetables. You may also add in complex carbohydrates and a lot of water to your daily meals.

Exercise is another essential component when you want to lose fat. Cardio exercises like jogging and biking are great ways to lose weight and stay in shape. However, make sure to add in weight training exercises as well to build lean muscle, which helps fight off fat.

Stress also contributes to visceral fat. Although reducing your stress levels is easier said than done, taking small steps may help reduce your risk of life-threatening diseases. Trying yoga or meditation is a great start to calming your mind and body.

If you have excess belly fat, don’t let it take over your life. To learn more about medical weight loss and how it can help you, call our office today at 346-202-6250, or you can book an appointment with Dr. Mansour online.

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