With latest obesity figures from the NHS showing that 1 in 4 British adults are obese it is about time we all took the necessary steps to stop this epidemic.
If you are obese then you are putting your health at risk, with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even some cancers associated with obesity.
While you can monitor your weight using scales, new research has shown that a more effective method could be the monitoring of your visceral fat instead, which is the fat stored within your abdominal cavity.
How is visceral fat dangerous?
This type of fat develops around your internal organs, and if found in excessive amounts can put a strain on them.
It is meant to be used as an energy source, but with our modern diets of sugary foods and drinks it has now been shown to develop at a shocking speed.
What research was undertaken?
In a study published in the journal Obesity Reviews, researchers found that monitoring visceral fat was more effective for monitoring general health, when compared with weighing scales.
This research also revealed that it is possible to reduce the amount of visceral fat with the use of exercise, with levels of visceral fat reduced with 2-6 months of exercise.
Participants of the study were able to reduce visceral fat while their weight remained the same.
So what can you do to reduce visceral fat?
This study has shown that exercise is key for reducing visceral fat, but the exercise you should do should be as intense as you can manage.
It is certainly not a good idea to go half -hearted at exercise, as you are unlikely to experience much benefit.
I would also recommend that if you are looking to lose visceral fat that you look at cutting back on your intake of sugary and salted foods.
This means less junk food, which you should swap for healthier alternatives like complex carbohydrates, protein and vegetables, preferably prepared at home so that no additives are present.