In Part 1, we talked all about visceral fat. To recap, visceral fat is abdominal fat that exists deep inside your abdominal cavity. It encircles several crucial organs, such as your stomach, liver, and intestines. It’s the main reason behind stubborn belly fat and a precursor to many chronic and age-related diseases.
This week, we get to tackle the fun stuff… getting rid of it! Part two of our belly fat series is all about helping you deal with excess visceral fat.
How to Lose Visceral Fat
You might be surprised to learn that visceral fat is actually easier to lose than subcutaneous fat. That’s because it metabolizes faster and can be eliminated through urine and sweat. So, can you guess the best way to break down those stubborn fat cells? That’s right! Exercise is the number one way to lose excess visceral fat. Research shows that 30 minutes of aerobic or cardio exercise daily helps reduce visceral fat and fat around the liver.
There’s a lot of research that supports the use of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) too, but even light exercise can help dramatically.
Try some of these enjoyable cardio workouts:
- Brisk walking
- Fitness classes
The secret to making losing abdominal fat look easy is being active and doing things you enjoy. You can also target the abdominals with crunches, planks, or leg lifts.
Fighting Belly Fat with Foods
Diet and exercise are both things we can control. To help reduce belly fat try reducing the amount of bad fats you consume. These are fats in processed foods, red meats, packaged snacks, and desserts. Stick with lean cuts of meat and healthy oils like olive oil. Try replacing sugary drinks with fruit-infused water and keep your portion sizes small.
Additionally, studies show that the micronutrients and macronutrients abundant in a high-vegetable diet can decrease visceral body fat and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Try eating a diet higher in vegetables and low-fructose fruits like berries.
Blood Sugar and Visceral Fat
It’s important to remember that having high levels of belly fat causes problems with insulin production and vice versa. Researchers have found that visceral fat secretes retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4), which has been shown to increase insulin resistance. Supporting metabolic organs like the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder can help normalize glucose levels, thus reducing visceral fat.
To help with the above, Certified Naturals offers two innovative supplements. The first one is called Glycemic Control, an organic seaweed supplement that, over time, lowers the glycemic index of the food you eat to improve insulin sensitivity and metabolic health. What’s the secret, you might ask? It’s called InSea2®. InSea2® is the only organic substance that can impact the two digestive enzymes that convert dietary carbs into glucose, reducing glycemic stress by up to 48.3% from the first use.
Another supplement by Certified Naturals, AppleSlim, can also help reduce stubborn belly fat. It is made from a rare wild apple that contains a powerful polyphenol called ApplePhenon.
A three-month-long study demonstrated that taking the main ingredient in this supplement daily resulted in a 9% visceral fat reduction in overweight people, in addition to smaller waist and hip measurements. In a second study, Adiponectin levels (an anti-inflammatory hormone that plays a role in glucose regulation) improved, visceral fat volume decreased, and overall weight decreased.
Using a combination of the above methods, you can dramatically reduce stored belly fat and keep it from returning. Plus, you'll look and feel more like your old self again, enjoying better overall health and quality of life.