Excess visceral fat is very different from weight. Your weight has many potential variables, including how hydrated you are and, for women, your menstrual cycle. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the comparison between your weight and your height. It was designed by the insurance industry during the 1850s as a way to calculate a person’s risk of developing a serious health condition. And while measuring your BMI certainly has its benefits, it is also a flawed metric since it doesn’t take into account many important factors like your muscle mass or body frame. However, it is not uncommon for people to have normal BMIs alongside excess visceral fat stores. And that’s not healthy.
So, what is excessive visceral fat, and what can you do to lower your visceral fat stores to a healthier level?
In today’s episode, I explain what visceral fat is and why having extra visceral fat can negatively impact your overall health and well-being. I explain the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fats, how to measure your fat stores, and the various factors influencing your visceral fat stores. I discuss how excess visceral fat can impact your long-term health, often increasing your risk of heart disease and insulin resistance. I also explain the F.E.A.S.T method and how it can help you reduce belly fat and visceral fat to improve your overall health.
“The more you move, the more calories you burn, and the more likely that over time you’ll lose more of that visceral fat.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:
- Understanding the difference between visceral fat and BMI
- Why your weight and BMI is not a good indicator of your overall health
- Understanding subcutaneous fats and visceral fats
- How to measure your fat stores
- Factors that impact your visceral fat stores
- How excessive visceral fat stores can impact your long-term health
- Why smoking cigarettes makes you more likely to store excess visceral fat
- Using the F.E.A.S.T method to reduce belly fat and visceral fat stores
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