Visceral fat hides near vital body organs such as the liver and intestines. Because of its unique location, visceral fat is part of the metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of cardiovascular complications.
Accumulation of visceral fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Belly fat is the main culprit of visceral fat accumulation. A study conducted on laboratory rats showed that blueberries can effectively address the risk of belly fat, thereby helping to reduce fat accumulation in internal organs.
Visceral fat hides near vital body organs such as the liver and intestines. Because of its unique location, visceral fat is part of the metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of cardiovascular complications. Fortunately, you can help solve this problem by improving your diet.
A study by the University of Michigan Heart Center, USA, found that a diet high in blueberries can help reduce fat in internal organs.
This effect is attributed to the high content of phytochemicals (natural antioxidants) found in blueberries.
In this study, the authors used laboratory mice of the breed prone to obesity, simulated fatty liver and metabolic syndrome.
The experiment divided the mice into two groups. One group was fed a mixed diet with blueberry powder and the other a normal diet.
The mice fed blueberry powder were also divided into 2 subgroups: a low-fat diet and a high-fat diet.
After 90 days, it was found that mice fed blueberry powder (at a ratio of 2% of the diet) had less visceral fat.
The study also showed that rats that ate blueberries had lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, fasting blood sugar and insulin sensitivity (insulin sensitivity is essential for weight loss), and other factors that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
* Some diet tips for weight loss and visceral fat loss.
Health authorities believe that increasing the amount of protein in your diet is an effective way to help reduce body fat, because protein makes you feel full faster than carbohydrates and fats.
Good sources of protein include: chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk, red lentils, chickpeas, brown bread, nuts, and soybeans.
Since some high-protein foods will also be high in saturated fat, experts recommend choosing foods rich in lean protein and as low in fat as possible.
In addition to improving your diet, regular exercise is essential. According to the Harvard Health Blog, in most cases, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day can help reduce visceral fat.
This habit will also help improve heart rate, breathe easier and increase resistance. Exercises include: brisk walking, swimming, cycling and dancing.