Why is visceral fat so bad?
The fat cells that make up visceral fat don’t just sit there on your body, but they actually produce hormones and inflammatory substances.
The longer that visceral fat stays on your body, the more inflammation it will cause. This inflammation increases the risk of chronic disease.
For instance, long-lasting inflammation can cause plaque (a combination of cholesterol and other substances) in the arteries which then increases your chances of developing heart disease.
Visceral fat can also cause fatty acids to travel to the liver. If fat builds up in the liver, this can cause insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
How to get rid of visceral fat
Like any other type of fat, to lose visceral fat you’re going to need to make some changes to your diet and increase your exercise. Here are six steps you can take to lose visceral fat.