visceral fat

Dangers of Visceral Fat and How to Get Rid of It

Did you know that there are two different types of fat? Could you identify them? Which do you think is worse, visceral or peripheral fat? in this post we will find the answers. The first thing is to differentiate each one of them. The peripheral fat is one that is under the skin, usually on the hips and thighs, buttocks, and arms, it is more common in women.


Visceral fat

The visceral fat is around organs and viscera.

Up to 60 years it is more predominant in men, but from this age it becomes equal.

One of the most common causes of these problems is lack of exercise and incorrect diet, but there are also other causes that we must take into accounts such as menopause, genetics, and incorrect diets.

Now let’s do a test, touch your thighs and you will notice that subcutaneous and peripheral fat.

Now let’s go to the abdomen, what do you notice now? Is it bulging? then it is very likely that there is visceral fat around your intestine, stomach, and liver.

This fat eventually leads to a heart attack or any other heart problem.

It has a number of characteristics :

– It is not inactive, we do not have it there, surrounding organs and that’s it, this fat is releasing toxic substances into the blood, which brings with it metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance, and if we have hypertension the problem can be worsened even more.

– causes arteriosclerosis, digestive problems, and colon, which in turn brings diabetes and different types of cancer.

– It also influences the state of mind causing fatigue, general malaise, stress, anxiety, and different types of depression.
There is a fact to take into account the measurement of our waist should never be greater than half our height. So take out the meter, measure yourself and start introducing the changes that I will tell you about later today.

Peripheral fat

Now, let’s not forget the peripheral, the one that, as we said, women suffer most and is found in the hips, thighs, and legs.

– usually have no symptoms, but these fatty patches can also be dangerous

– you may feel cramps, heaviness, numbness in the legs. Symptoms that the arteries are no longer so in perfect condition and that fat has accumulated in them. Peripheral arterial disease is common but can become serious and occurs when there is excess cholesterol and other fats in the blood.

The downside of all this is that these symptoms do not appear clearly, but they can cause heart problems and even stroke.


What must be considered?

  • Family history, if there are cases of obesity or strokes in your family, change your habits from now on.
  • From 40 you have to take maximum care of yourself
  • You do not have to eliminate fat completely from the diet, we already know that it is beneficial, as I tell you here, olive oil, avocado, salmon. Nuts…
  • Do not skip meals, you must do 5 a day, and you know, few amounts many times a day, so we keep the metabolism active.
  • Consume soluble fiber: Oats, bran, flax seeds, chia seeds, plums, apples, oranges, leek and celery, carrots …
  • No to salt, white flour, pre-cooked meals, pastries, soft drinks …
  • If to physical exercise, a constant and regular aerobic exercise, the question is to keep your heart active, so walk, swim, dance, climb stairs …

Now that we know this, we return to the question from the beginning, which is more harmful? The answer is visceral, but we must not forget the subcutaneous or peripheral, as it also has its consequences.


Conclusion: Take good care of yourself, and take care of what you eat.

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