Keeping Visceral Fat Away After Weight LossPosted: Nov 29 in Obesity Medicine by Wendy Scinta
When we’re trying to lose weight, we tend to think that fat is fat. It’s all bad, and we want to get rid of as much of it as possible. But not all fat is the same, and some is actually more dangerous to our bodies, even after you’ve lost weight.
Visceral Fat: The Most Dangerous Fat
Subcutaneous fat is the fat that lies just under our skin. It’s the fat that we can see most easily and work so hard to get rid of. But it’s not necessarily the fat that is most dangerous to our health.
Visceral fat resides in the abdominal cavity, under the abdominal muscles. It is the most harmful type of fat because it tends to surround our vital organs. The more visceral fat we have, the more likely we are to develop Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
When we’re working to lose weight with diet and exercise, we’re usually getting rid of both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. However, once we’ve hit our goal weight and become focused on maintaining our weight loss, it’s vital that we work to keep the visceral fat that we can’t see from coming back.
How To Keep Visceral Fat Away
Studies show that the best way to keep visceral fat away is to continue with exercise even after you’ve lost weight. It actually requires less exercise to prevent visceral fat from coming back than it does to maintain your existing weight. One study showed that 40 minutes of activity twice a week was enough to keep visceral fat away completely for a full year after weight loss.
Maintaining the better health you’ve created for yourself is just as important as maintaining your weight loss. This means continuing with some form of exercise to prevent visceral fat from coming back.