The adipose fatty cells are not pretty even at their best, but for our health, a fat belly is more dangerous and doesn’t look nice either. Our body contains two type of fatty tissue. We can see the subcutaneous tissue of the bottom and on the hips. This is passive tissue that is used as energy storage for hard times and it also keeps our body warm.

The visceral fat is produced in the abdominal cavity and around the organs. Excess of this type of fat increases the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and can cause a heart attack or a stroke. In order to check the state of our body, there is the famous Body Mass Index (BMI) test, but it is not ideal because it doesn’t take into account the location of the body fat. People with a normal weight but have a large abdominal perimeter are still at risk even though their BMI is under 25. A simple method is to measure it with a tape measure: if the abdominal perimeter of a man is above 102cm and above 88cm for a woman, the abdominal fat has reached critical level.

The good news: when the body needs energy, it first burns visceral fat. Sports, a balanced diet and daily active lifestyle can help lose weight. When we lose 100 grammes of visceral fat and our waist is one centimetre thinner, we are getting healthier.

 published in the Fuerteventura Magazine HOY