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Having a ton of visceral fat on our body can be very detrimental to our health. This is because it’s an active body fat that is stored within our abdominal cavity and is therefore found on a number of important internal organs like our intestines, pancreas and liver, effectively associating it with a large number of health risks.
Matter of fact, it’s a key player in a variety of health problems more than subcutaneous fat is, which is the kind you can grasp with your hand. That’s because it lies out of our reach and stays deep within our bodies, where it can lay the most damage.
So how do we get rid of it?
Getting Rid of Abdominal Fat
Of course, it will always circle back to what you’re putting in your body. Unsurprisingly enough, a diet that’s high in saturated fat will only lead to high levels of abdominal fat, and so changes on that department should be made immediately in the form of a diet change.
There are many out there, but the ketogenic diet comes highly recommended if you want to reduce the amount of visceral fat in your system. One of the more popular diet types today, the keto diet puts your body in ketosis, which is a natural metabolic state that can help you lose fat immediately as well as body weight.
Besides the keto diet, trying other low-carb diets should also be particularly effective.
Per a previous study that went on for eight weeks and consisted of 69 overweight men and women as its participants, those who followed a low-carb diet lost 10 percent more visceral fat than those who didn’t. They also lost 4.4 percent more total fat than those who followed a diet that is only low-fat.
It’s also recommended that you turn to plenty of protein while you’re following a low-carb diet. In fact, it’s highly encouraged. That’s because protein can help improve your metabolism that in turn can lead to an increase in weight loss, therefore translating to visceral fat loss.
Here are six of the best foods you can eat that has plenty of protein:
- Chia seeds
- Kidney beans
- Low-fat plain yogurt
Coupled with consistent exercise, these six diet staples should do the trick and help you get rid of abdominal fat.
A previous study also showed that people who eat lots of protein generally have a much lower body mass index.