Who wouldn’t want to have flat abs? Almost everyone would wish that they’d have them right? But the truth is, everyone has some stomach fat even people who have flat abs. It is normal, but having too much belly fat can affect your health. We can see visible fat right under our skin, other fat is around our organs like heart, liver and lungs. That deeper fat is what is called “visceral fat” and even thin people do have that.
Visceral fat is a body fat that is stored within our abdominal part, particularly in our internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. It is also referred to as an active fat because it plays an important and potentially dangerous role on how our hormones function. We need some visceral fat as well because it provides as a protection around our organs. But having too much of it, will likely give you more problems to your health such as having a high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers including colon and breast cancer. And if you gain too much weight, your body will start to store fat in unusual places under your arms and waistline.
Tips to have a flat abs
1. Improve your posture by not slouching, straighten up and your tummy will look trimmer. Align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over your hips, hips over your knees and knees over your ankles. Keep your shoulders open, draw your navel to your spine and put your weight on your feet and/or heels.
2. You should engage in a whole body exercise. You will look better if all your core muscles are firm, including your arms and legs. Do a slow and high quality exercise.
3. You need to change your diet and increase your energy output where you can burn more calories and reduce body fat. Examine your diet by eating less and moving more. You can think of eating more lean protein and veggies and avoiding greasy burgers and fries at your favorite fast foods restaurants.
4. Manage your stress. You can do this with regular exercise such as a long walk or even doing everyday household chores. Stretching also can relieve muscle tension combining with some techniques in yoga, tai chi and other form of meditations.
5. Set a realistic goal. Not everyone has the same genes. Focus on your body and not on some perfect image. You will have your firmer body soon with great hard work and fun.
How to know if you have too much visceral fat?
You can determine how much is your visceral fat by getting into a CT Scan or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan). MRI scans are not a cheap procedure and is recommended as a diagnostic tool for diabetes risk.
There’s a simple and low-cost way to check your visceral fat. You get a measuring tape and wrap it around your wait at your belly button and check your girth. Do this while you are standing up and making sure the tape measure is level. For women, your waist size should be less than 35 inches and for man, it should be less than 40 inches.