Visceral fat and or belly fat is a lingering problem among American’s in today’s stressful world. Visceral fat is defined as active fat and is stored around your internal organs in your abdominal region, including your liver, pancreas and intestines. Therefore, it is much harder to burn and or get rid of……. however, a combination of clean eating and a consistent workout routine usually do the trick. Now your saying to yourself that’s easier said than done. Where do I have time to include planned meals and workout in My Life? Well my friend let me break it down to you this way it’s a matter of LIFE or DEATH. Visceral fat is much more than a larger than wanted waist line it is a combo of many things.
Too much visceral fat can interfere with how your liver functions and interrupt normal hormonal communications between your vital organs. This can lead to insulin resistance (the beginning of diabetes), high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a higher risk for developing heart disease. High visceral fat storage has also been linked to breast cancer, colorectal cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Ready to make exercise and cleaner eating a lifestyle? If a big YES is, here are a few steps that will change your life.
1. Follow a Healthy, Balanced Nutrition Plan
Research and research more, ask experts you know (personal trainers, dieticians, doctors, and nutritionist) about how to get started with living a cleaner healthier lifestyle. Surely you will find what you are searching for just take the first step and ask.
2. Get moving/regular exercise
This means more than spirts of a week or two. Regular exercise includes scheduling workouts into your everyday routine. A great start is walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes about three times a week. Make sure you begin to break a sweat and get that heart pumping. Next you could graduate to joining a gym and taking aerobic classes and/or hiring a personal trainer.
3. Stay on track
Having a workout partner and/or accountability person will keep you on track. This person could be a spouse, bff, co-worker, or neighbor. Don’t expect to lose weight overnight — you didn’t gain it overnight, after all. Try to stay consistent, create rewards for reaching certain goals or milestones. The goals should not include ice-cream or birthday cake (I’m just saying lol).
4. Make it a lifestyle
In order to improve your overall health, stop smoking, drinking, being inactive and eating high-fat, processed foods. Choosing healthier lifestyle choices will improve your quality of life and will show up in inches lost and muscle gained. Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep and take time to destress. The stress hormone, cortisol, significantly increases the storage of visceral fat. Do some deep breathing or yoga or take a bath or quick walk and PRAY. Also, red wine in moderation is not such a bad thing………ijs
Tina’s Total Body and Fitness