How many of you remember when Oprah Winfrey came out in front of her audience with a wagon full of fat? The fat, in the wagon, represented the number of pounds she has lost on the liquid diet she was on. This episode happened in 1988 if you want to relive that you can do a search in your browser and find it pretty easily. People were amazed at what 67 pounds of fat looked like. Now we all know that she has battled with her weight ever since and I believe most of us can certainly relate to what a BATTLE that it is.
One form of FAT that most of us do not think about is the ever-growing fat that is inside our bodies. We look in the mirror and see the bulges, the rolls, and the ever-expanding waist and hips (I am not even mentioning our puffy faces and enlarging legs and feet). We see the fat that is under our skin, called subcutaneous fat, but if you are like me you didn’t even consider that something else is going on, and it is below the surface. It is called Visceral Fat.
Before I started on the Keto WOL or Eating I did not give Visceral Fat much thought. No doctor had really ever explained it to me so I was rather clueless. I have learned – and continue to learn – SO MUCH more about my own health and how I can heal my own body from just by what I put into it nutritionally – eating healthy fats, greatly reducing my carbs and eating satisfying proteins. One way I am healing my body is not only getting rid of the subcutaneous fat but (better still) getting rid of the internal fat that is around my organs.
Explanation of Visceral Fat
“Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines.” Source for the definition of Visceral Fat
So why is this type of fat important and why should you be concerned about it?
Carrying around excess visceral fat is linked with an increased risk for:
- Coronary heart disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sleep disorders For source and to read more click here.
A person with a normal weight can also have visceral fat stored that can be dangerous to their health, so this is important for them as well.
Here is a short video on Visceral Fat from the t.v. show “The Doctors”. I hope this helps you understand it better and gets you on the path to a healthier you. I have found that the Ketogenic Lifestyle has made a world of difference, for me, in reducing that internal fat called visceral fat or belly fat.