Understanding Visceral Fat
The word “fat” seems to appear everywhere. Whether it be in ads for “fat free” foods or as a primary food group for Keto diets and, there are good fats and bad fats. What we don’t hear often enough are discussions about visceral fat and the health risks of carrying too much of this type of fat on our bodies. Your body stores two types of fat; “Subcutaneous” fat is the fat that we store just under our skin. The fat we may be able to feel on our arms and legs is subcutaneous fat. Stored below this type of fat is “Visceral” fat. This type of body fat tends to be stored in and around the abdominal cavity. An access of visceral fat is what can lead to health risk due to its proximity to your vital organs such as the pancreas, liver, and intestines. Carrying a high amount of this visceral type of fat can be the root cause of many health-related illnesses. It can expose you to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, types of breast or colon cancer, problems with hormonal functions and inflammatory diseases. It can be hard to tell how much visceral fat you are carrying without a detailed MRI scan but a good at-home way to check is through a waistline measurement and general guideline that about 10% of your total body fat is likely to be stored as visceral fat. Therefore, the higher amount of total body fat you are carrying, the more likely you are also carrying more visceral fat. A protruding belly is a good first indicator.
Can you reduce Visceral Fat?
It is important to note that the body cannot choose where you will lose fat. The rule of thumb is that you tend to lose body fat where you put it on first but it is not an exact science. Therefore, to reduce visceral fat you need to work on reducing total body fat. One of the first ways to help your body with fat loss it to reduce your carb intake. Excess complex carbs that are not used for energy are stored by the body for fuel when you need it and you guessed it, that energy source is stored as fat. Don’t go off the rails on not eating carbs, rather limit them and for the days when you do over eat carbs try “Ultimate Fat and Carb Blocker”. The primary ingredient of this supplement is white kidney bean extract which interferes with the amylase enzyme (the enzyme responsible for breaking down complex carbohydrates such as breads, pasta, potatoes, pizza). The white kidney bean binds to the amylase enzyme and prevents the breakdown of starch into smaller simple sugars, inhibiting the absorption. The other helpful compound in white kidney bean extract is called “phytohemagglutinin” (scientific name) which binds to the inner surface of the small intestine. This triggers the release of the hormones that promote satiety and prevents the production of the hormone that causes hunger ( ghrelin ) ,causing a reduction is appetite. Alas, with everything good there are some downsides. The action of this supplement which is to block the absorption of carbs leaves them in your intestines to be removed during bowel movements. Undigested carbs that are sitting in your intestines may cause gas and bloating. So, it is very important to drink a lot of water on this supplement to help your colon pass those carbs. This supplement is not a supplement that you can take everyday all the time. Try to keep in mind this supplement interferes with carbohydrate absorption which is not recommended for long term or even for every meal. Your body needs carbs to function so blocking them long term can cause health risks. The action of the white kidney bean extract can also lower blood sugar levels and thus can affect diabetic individuals by causing blood sugar levels to drop too low .
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