Unfortunately, many people are not aware but visceral fat is one of the most damaging things to our health.
This is because it sits under the abdominal muscle which is really close to all those important internal organs, including the pancreas, the liver and the intestines.
In fact, since it’s metabolically active, some experts label visceral fat as an organ as well.
It is very dangerous because it also raises the risk of cancer, heart disease and many other serious health problems.
That being said, if you’re planning on shedding this enemy to your health, you might want to know some helpful scientific tips in order to be successful and not give up!
One study published in Journal of Clinical Investigation states that people who kept their houses between 60 and 61 degrees for at least 10 days experienced an increase in brown fat as it is meant to protect the human body from low temperatures.
As you may or may not know, white fat is dangerous for your health while brown fat actually helps the metabolism burn all that bad fat.
Keep a Healthy Sleeping Schedule
According to a multinational study from back in June, published by JAMA Network Open, your sleeping schedule is really important if you are planning on reducing your visceral fat.
More precisely, 137,000 people were asked about their sleep patterns and the results showed that those who go to bed after 10 PM have a 20 per cent higher risk of obesity or just have a larger waistline.
Furthermore, for people who went to bed between 2 and 6 AM, the risk was nearly double – 35 to 38 per cent!
And that’s not all! Long naps every day are also associated with more visceral fat, in particular as far as women are concerned.
Scientists believe this is the case because late bedtimes can increase the production of stress hormones which cause the body to hold onto belly fat longer.
Do This Short and Easy Exercise
Another study published in The Korean Journal of Sports Medicine says that people who simply climb stairs continuously for 5 minutes twice a day, can lose an average of 7.3 pounds of total body weight and 5.5 pounds of fat in only 3 weeks!
For even better results, you can also carry some hand weights.
According to a review of studies from last year, resistance training is really efficient in reducing visceral fat.
But if you want your daily workout to be more intense, studies have also shown that increasing your exercise to 60 minutes per day is able to burn no less than 30 per cent of your visceral fat in about 3 months.
Drink Protein Shakes
Other studies have concluded that protein is really efficient in burning belly fat and also making those positive changes last!
Some research published in the journal Scientific Reports last summer, involved a test group that took a protein supplement while on a mild, calorie-restricted diet and a group that took a placebo.
The results showed that the first group lost more visceral fat than the second in the end.
Stop Drinking Diet Soda
Whether it contains sugar or not, in reality, no soda is actually “diet” especially if you are trying to get rid of visceral fat.
One study from the University of Texas followed almost 500 people of adult ages for more than a decade.
What they found was that those who consumed diet soda developed a larger waist circumference by no less than 70 per cent on average when compared to those who just cut out soda altogether!
This could mean that artificial sweeteners cause the human brain to actually expect calories because of the sweet taste.
But when those calories don’t really arrive, the body responds by turning up hunger signals.