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  • Writer's pictureD'Ann Franck

What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is the unhealthy fat that collects around our internal organs and ultimately our waistline. It isn’t just a problem in those who are overweight or obese. Even thin people can still have visceral fat. If you are thin and not fit, you probably have visceral fat.

Why should we care about this? This kind of fat ages you and depletes your energy. It overworks and wreaks havoc on the liver. It has been linked to a slew of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and metabolic syndrome (a set of risk factors which increases the chance of developing these diseases). Additionally, the more visceral fat you have, the lower the amount of energy your body can create at any given time.

It is because visceral fat is the most dangerous kind of fat that doctors have grown more concerned about waist size than the number on the scale, which can be very deceiving. While abdominal fat is usually visible, visceral fat can be hidden deep inside an outwardly "thin" person. The same holds true for fat that can line blood vessels, restrict blood flow, and damage the cardiovascular system.

What does this have to do with You?

Well, you need a plan that works from the “inside out.” This means it goes after this visceral fat – the worst fat, the bad stuff that contributes to all those diseases FIRST. This is exciting news!

For those of you who aren’t “getting any results,” with what you are doing, realize that this fat that we are talking about, the stuff that surrounds your organs, and is UNDER the muscle of your abdomen, is not the most visible stuff. Once you take care of the worst fat that is the most dangerous to your health, you can move on to the more visible subcutaneous fat we are all familiar with.

The other thing this should tell you is that just because someone is skinny doesn’t mean that they are healthy. They can still have visceral fat. That means you shouldn’t rule ANYONE out from needing to address Visceral fat. It can help most everyone!

Removing visceral fat decreases the chances for so many health issues, in addition to decreasing our waistlines. It is our RESPONSIBILITY to get out there and show others how to attack this visceral fat! It’s time to make America Healthy!

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