Visceral Fat: Fat you actually need..?


A lean belly leads to a healthier life. When measuring your body fat surrounding the waist, you are actually measuring visceral fat. This is the fat that surrounds your abdominal organs.  It is normal to have some visceral fat; however, a high level of visceral fat can lead to serious health issues.

What is visceral fat?

Compared to ‘normal’ fat, visceral fat is stored deeper in the skin. Visceral fat is wrapped around major organs like the liver, pancreas and your kidney. Visceral fat ensures that there is some distance between each organ. Too much visceral fat creates can lead to inflammation and high blood pressure, which increases the risk of serious health problems.

Another problem with visceral fat is its impact on adiponectin or ‘fat hormone’. Adiponectin’s function is to regulate your body fat. Visceral fat inhibits adiponectin. As a result your body produces more fat than you actually need. A high level of visceral fat also influences your insulin sensitivity. Which means that it can lead to type 2 diabetes later in life.

How to measure visceral fat?

There are many different ways to measure visceral fat, these include options you could do at home, but you could also go to your doctor. An easy method you could do right now is to take a measurement of the largest parts around your waist and hip. However, this option is not entirely accurate. Once you have measured both your waists and hip, divide the waist by the hip measurement. A healthy body should have less than 1.0 for men or 0.85 for women.

A good indicator of having a high level of visceral fat, is a high BMI score (Body Mass Index) and a large waist. If you have both, chances are likely that you have a high level of visceral fat.

For a more accurate measurement of your visceral fat you can also make use of a Tanita body composition monitor. The Tanita bathroom scale helps you to accurately monitor and calculate your visceral fat. By now you should be aware of the dangers of having to much visceral fat. But our body consists of more than only fat, take muscle mass for example. And right here a Tanita weighing scale is your friend . The Tanita body composition monitors can exactly measure your visceral fat. Because it is more than just a visceral fat scale.. It measures your entire body, it gives detailed information on your body’s composition. Getting a detailed overview of what your body is made of will help you to adopt that healthy lifestyle.

What is the ideal visceral fat rating?


The Tanita body composition analyser can track visceral fat in your body. Based on all the available information it gives you a range between 1 and 59. A rating between 1 and 12 indicates that you have a healthy level of visceral fat. A rating between 13 and 59 indicates that you have an excessive level of visceral fat.

How to lose visceral fat?

Below are some pointer on what you can do to lose visceral fat.
  • Reduce the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Fill up on non-starchy vegetables, fats and proteins
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Focus on getting enough sleep

Train with Tanita to reduce your visceral fat

Tanita offers a wide range of weighing scales. These scales all make use of the proven technology of Tanita. This technology gives you detailed insights in the composition of your body. And this happens everytime you step on your bathroom scale. In less than a couple of seconds you get a detailed overview. This will give you the opportunity to keep an close eye on your visceral fat or your body water. But it will also help you to lose weight effectively or to keep track on growing muscle mass.

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