Staying slim, even when eating lots of unhealthy foods, maybe not what it seems. Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. Subcutaneous fat is stored just under our skin that we can see and feel.
Dangers of Visceral Fat Too much of any body fat is bad for your health. But the visceral kind is more likely to raise your risk for serious medical issues. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, stroke and high cholesterol are some of the conditions that are strongly linked to this.
How can I tell if I have too much visceral fat? There’s no way to know where and how much visceral fat is hidden in your body without expensive MRI test, however measuring your waist is a rough estimate. In women, 35 inches or more is a sign of visceral fat. In men, it’s 40 inches. This is a crude tool, especially if you’re a very big boned tall person. And if you’re of Asian descent, the benchmark for visceral fat drops to 31.5 inches for women and 35.5 inches for men.
A growing belly can be the result of both types of fat. For slim people we have no way of knowing if they are storing visceral fats except increase in body weight without extra muscle gain. Fats in the blood or a fatty liver may be an indication.
Excessive BMI may be an indicator, 30 or higher could be a sign of visceral fat. If you’re Asian, a BMI of 23 or higher could be a concern. However BMI can be inaccurate if you are carrying a lot of external muscle.
HOW CAN I PREVENT FAT BEING STORED AROUND MY ORGANS? Regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, exercise reduce stress and sleep longer, Limit alcohol