Being fat or overweight can cause coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, dementia, depression, arthritis, sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders.
Body fat comes in two types:
Subcutaneous fat, which is the noticeable layer of fat that lies just below the skin that jiggles and causes cellulite.
Visceral fat, which is sometimes referred to as ‘active fat’ because research has shown that this type of fat plays a distinctive and potentially dangerous role in affecting how our hormones function.
Visceral fat is technically excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue accumulation. In other words, it’s known as a “deep” fat that is stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It’s a form of gel-like fat that is actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
Visceral fat can go completely unnoticed because it’s not visible to the naked eye.
Visceral fat is especially dangerous because these fat cells do more than just sit there and cause your pants to feel tight, they also change the way your body operates.
Excess visceral fat is the cause of many serious health problems. The higher the amount of visceral fat a person stores, the more at risk they are for certain health complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Exercise is a good way to lose visceral fat. The Bible says: “Physical training is good.” 1. Timothy 4:8 NLT
You should include into your routines; cardio exercise, like running, cycling and swimming, which raises a person’s heart rate, and strength training, like squatting, pumping weights and pushups, which improves muscle size.
A healthful diet that is low in sugar and fatty foods will also help a person lose weight and shift excess visceral fat. A healthy diet should include lean proteins, fruit and vegetables and also complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, beans, and whole grains. Boiling, steaming, baking, and grilling foods will help to make meals healthier and lower in fat.
Some doctors recommend that people with high levels of visceral fat try to reduce their stress levels. This is because when someone is stressed, their body releases a hormone called cortisol, which increases how much visceral fat a person’s body stores.
God’s desire is for you to be healthy in body as you are strong in spirit! (See 3. John 1:2)