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Hey Fatty!

I have body composition scales in my wellness centre that measure my clients’ visceral fat, as well as their muscle and subcutaneous fat, so that we can see how the changes they are making in their lives are being reflected in their overall body composition, not just their weight. I often get asked what visceral fat is, why it’s important and how to get rid of it.

So What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat wraps around your abdominal organs and it can’t always be seen or felt. You may think that you are lean, but you could be ‘skinny fat’ if your diet and lifestyle is not optimal.

Why Is it Important to Reduce Your Visceral Fat?

Higher visceral fat levels are connected to diabetes type 2, insulin insensitivity, heart disease and certain cancers. Because it wraps around organs, it may affect their function. Visceral fat can also release hormones and inflammatory cytokines which in turn interfere with other hormones, which can then lead to changes in hunger, weight and mood.

How Can You Reduce Your Visceral Fat Levels?

-Eat correctly

-Exercise regularly

-Drink 2-3 litres water per day

-Reduce or don’t drink alcohol

-Don’t smoke

-Getting enough good quality sleep

-Reduce stress

Many people that I consult with often have sub-optimal health, but it doesn’t take much to get healthier, you just need to have a plan and keep to it.

Ally van de Pol is a Certified Healing Diets Coach (HDC), Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pain Free Performance Specialist (PPSC) and Naturopath-in-Training.

She can be contacted at

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