Visceral fat, as opposed to subcutaneous fat, is not visible to the eye. It is a type of body fat that’s stored within the abdominal cavity. It’s due to the fat’s location that makes it so dangerous for anyone with large amounts of it, as it can build up in the arteries. Located near vital organs including the stomach, liver and intestines, it puts a person at serious risk of health problems. Fortunately, a few small changes can make all the difference and eating one particular food a day could help you lose visceral fat, it’s been suggested.
Harvard Health states that around 10 percent of all body fat is visceral fat.
For those unsure of how much visceral fat they are holding, a calculation of taking your total body fat and then taking 10 percent of it will give you an estimate of the amount of visceral fat you may have.
An easier way to know if you are at risk is by measuring your waist size.
According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, for a woman with a waist measurement exceeding 35 inches means they are at risk of serious health problems due to the amount of visceral fat they are holding.
For men, a waist measurement of 40 inches or more means finding a way to lose the visceral fat should be crucial.
Leading nutritionists and health experts suggest adding an avocado a day could help one to lose the dangerous belly fat.
With its proven ability to lower cholesterol, quell hunger pangs and spot-reduce belly fat, avocado’s have been hailed a perfect dietary staple for weight loss.
Native to Mexico, avocados contain 322 calories and 29 grams of fat on average, which is 10 to 20 more than times other food items found in the produce aisle contain.
With that amount of fat, avocados could be considered more fat than a fruit. However, it’s the type of fat that avocados contain that makes them deserving of the health food fame.
What the study said
One study in the Journal of the American Heart Association put 45 overweight people on one of three different cholesterol-lowering diets for five weeks.
One diet was lower in fat, providing 24 percent of total calories and didn’t include an avocado. The second diet was a non-avocado diet with a moderate amount of fat, providing 34 per cent of total calories.
The third diet was equally moderate in fat, at 34 percent, however, it included one whole avocado per day.
The researchers concluded that those on the avocado a day diet lost 13.5mg of “bad” cholesterol which was enough to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
The study concluded that eating an avocado could help play an important role in lowering cholesterol which in turn helps to lose excess weight and obesity.
Free radicals are destructive oxygen molecules that sabotage a person’s metabolism, making it more difficult for them to lose fat.
Avocados, however help neutralise free radicals and make the metabolism work more smoothly aiding in weight loss.
Avocados are also low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients.
These properties could help to shrink one’s belly fat, lose visceral fat and reduce the risk of developing serious health complications.