Visceral fat is commonly known as belly fat.
It’s found inside your abdominal cavity and wraps around your internal organs.
It’s hard to judge how much visceral fat you have. However, a protruding belly and large waist are two signs that you have too much of it.
On the other hand, subcutaneous fat is stored just below your skin. It’s the fat that you can pinch easily from just about anywhere on your body.
Carrying too much visceral fat is a serious health problem.
Studies have shown that excess visceral fat is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even certain cancers
Why Is Visceral Fat Harmful?
Fat cells do more than simply store excess energy. They also produce hormones and inflammatory substances.
Visceral fat cells are especially active and produce even more inflammatory hormones, such as IL-6, IL-1β, PAI-1 and TNF-α
Try a Low-Carb Diet
Low-carb diets are an effective way to reduce visceral fat.
In fact, many studies have shown that low-carb diets are more effective at reducing visceral fat than low-fat diets.
Ketogenic diets drastically reduce carb intake and replace it with fat. This can put you in a natural metabolic state called ketosis.