Lifestyle Diseases Linked to Visceral Fat

Visceral fat, a.k.a. belly fat, active fat, abdominal fat, or deep fat, lies out of reach and is tucked deep within your abdominal cavity where it pads the spaces around your viscera, e.g., heart, lungs, liver, and other vital organs.

It’s also stored in the “omentum” — an apron-like flap of tissue that sits underneath the abdominal muscles and blankets the intestines. As the omentum fills with fat, it gets harder and thicker.

You need some visceral fat to cushion your organs, but research shows that too much of it has been linked to the following health conditions:

Kaiser Permanente studied 6,500 men and women for an average of 36 years and concluded subjects with higher visceral fat had a higher risk of dementia than those with less visceral fat.

How It Works 

I prescribe a customized training program based on your health status via our branded app, Karen Owoc Lifestyle, where you can communicate with me in real time. You receive on-demand customized workouts, where you can track your progress.

Dynamic Core Training
Your customized program works with your schedule, yet it is interactive, personal, and an accelerated training program. Get rid of stomach flab while strengthening your core.

Your core muscles are not just your abs. They are all the muscles that connect your upper body to your lower body, so in addition to your abs, your core includes the muscles of your back, hips, and gluteals (buttocks). See blog post: Why You Need a Strong Core.

If you’re not sure of the prescribed exercises, a video of each exercise demonstrates the movement with the correct form and posture.

Six Steps to Losing Belly Fat

Losing belly fat requires a combination of lifestyle changes:

  1. Drink less alcohol. Your liver’s primary job is to act as the “filter” for any foreign substances that enter your body (e.g., drugs and alcohol) and to metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins to produce energy. When you drink alcohol, the liver burns alcohol instead of fat.
  1. Eat foods high in water and fiber (low in calories). A study showed people who eat 10 grams of soluble fiber per day can reduce visceral fat by 4% over a 5-year period.
  1. Avoid dense, dry, fatty foods (high in calories). 
  1. Eat less processed foods. Overly processed foods are often loaded with trans fats, refined grain sugar, and salt, which contribute to fat stored in the belly.
  1. Reduce stress, and don’t skimp on sleep. Higher cortisol (a stress hormone) levels from uncontrollable stress are associated with abdominal fat distribution. Insufficient sleep also increases the release of cortisol.
  1. Move more — and move multiple muscle groups at once. Become more functionally fit and more efficient at working out.

WARNING: Doing sit-ups and crunches will not shrink belly fat. In fact, these exercises are unsafe for your back, and they are dangerous if you have a bone density condition (osteoporosis).

Dynamic core exercises prescribed for the 4-Week Ab Challenge will strengthen your abdominal “girdle” that holds in your belly fat, but won’t get rid of it. Guidance through all of the six steps to losing belly fat will contribute to meeting your health goals and increasing your longevity.

No matter how long you’ve carried this extra load upfront, you can still reverse the damaging health effects of belly fat.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

Contact me if you’re ready to get started!