Visceral Fat | What it Means for Your Health
What is Visceral Fat?
Visceral fat refers to the fat around your waistline.
Visceral is the fat that is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke. For this reason measuring your waistline is a better indicator of your general health than BMI (Body Mass Index).
So if you’re monitoring the progress of a lifestyle change, watch your belt to track your progress.
Weight isn’t the Best Measure of Fitness
Measuring your weight can sometimes be deceptive. It is possible to lose fat while gaining muscle when you’re exercising regularly. This means that while your general health and fitness may be improving, the number on the scale could be increasing making you feel like you’ve gone backwards! This is because muscle weighs more than fat.
Waist circumference is measured halfway between the lowest rib and the top of your hip (for most people around the level of your belly button). For Caucasian males a measurement greater than 94cm indicates an increased risk, while greater than 104cm indicates a high risk. For females it’s 80cm and 88cm respectively.
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