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Visceral Fat

Visceral Fat

You will be aware that during your One2One reviews we take your weight and our scales give us many readings, including that of visceral fat, here we discuss what visceral fat is and look at why it is important for us to target reducing this.

visceral fat can lead to many health problems

Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.

Visceral fat is sometimes referred to as ‘active fat’ because research has shown that this type of fat plays a distinctive and potentially dangerous role affecting how our hormones function.

Storing higher amounts of visceral fat is associated with increased risks of a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes.

What types of fat do we store?

It is important to define the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is the fat that we store just under our skin. The fat we may be able to feel on our arms and legs is subcutaneous fat.

A growing belly can be the result of both types of fat. The fat we can feel just under the skin is subcutaneous fat but we may also be storing significant extra fat within our abdomen where our organs reside. This intra-abdominal fat is our visceral fat.

What are the health risks associated with visceral fat?

All of us will have a certain amount of visceral fat but those of us with a larger quantity of visceral fat may be exposed to increased risks of the following health conditions.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

How can I prevent fat being stored around my organs?The following recommendations have been recognised as being helpful in reducing levels of visceral fat.

  • Harvard University states that diet and exercise have been to be more effective at reducing visceral fat than the fat around our hips and thighs. So don’t be too disheartened if diet and exercise is not reducing your clothing sizes as much as you’d like as your work could well be paying off through unseen benefits inside your body.
  • Take part in regular exercise
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Ensure you regularly get a good night’s sleep
  • Reduce your levels of stress
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Quit smoking


The best way to attack visceral fat is through changing what we eat and exercise, try our Group Personal Training to make sure you get the visceral fat loss you deserve.


Carly Cox - fitter Within two months of joining with the intention to lose weight I achieved a weight loss of 11lbs and am down to the size I was before pregnancy and feel a lot fitter. this wouldn’t have happened without the great One2Ones and team work of the Club.
Carly Cox