Visceral fat is a type of body fat that’s stored in the abdominal cavity next to many vital organs, which is why it’s deemed dangerous. Having too much visceral fat has been linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Certain lifestyle factors have been associated with visceral fat build up, such as eating a poor diet, so making changes to what you eat can help get rid of it. One drink in particularly which has been found to boost visceral fat loss is green tea.
Green tea is labelled one of the healthiest drinks on the planet as it’s been proven to hold a host of health benefits.
It’s antioxidant content is what gives green tea a lot of its benefits.
Green tea has been found to improve brain function, improve physical performance, lower the risk of some types of cancer, and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Studies have also demonstrated its effectiveness at getting rid of visceral fat.
Green tea contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine, both of which have been shown to boost metabolism.
Several studies have also suggested ECGC may be effective at losing belly fat.
The effect may be strengthened when green tea consumption is combed with exercise.
As an overall diet to follow, experts recommend trying a low-carb diet.
Many studies have shown low-carb diets are more effective at reducing visceral fat than low-fat diets.
An eight-week study involving 69 overweight men and women found those who followed a low-carb diet lost 10 per cent more visceral fat and 4.4 per cent more total fat than those on a low-fat diet.
A popular low-carb diet is the ketogenic diet, also known as the ketosis diet.
The keto diet reduces carb intake and replace it with fat, putting the body into a natural metabolic state called ketosis.
One study involving 28 overweight and obese adults found those who followed a keto diet lost more fat, especially visceral fat, than those following a low-fat diet.
Alongside making changes to what you’re eating to get rid of visceral fat, regular exercise is also important.
Many studies have shown aerobic exercise can help you lose visceral fat, even without dieting.