FEATURE: The Dangers of Visceral Fat and 7 Ways to Fight It

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Anyone trying to lose weight knows it’s all about burning off the unhealthy excess fat. But it turns out that not all fat is created equal—and not all people who need to lose fat even know about it. To get the low-down on which type of fat you need to lose—and what you need to eat to get there—we spoke to Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, CSSD, one of the leading nutritionists in the San Francisco Bay Area,  and founder of the interactive weight-management web site Nutrition for You. Villacorta makes a clear distinction between two kinds of fat: subcutaneous fat, which is stored between skin and muscle; and visceral fat, which accumulates around organs, especially the liver. Visceral fat, which cannot even be accessed by liposuction, is significantly more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. 

What makes visceral fat so dangerous? The visceral fat cells literally function differently than subcutaneous fat cells. “In comparison to visceral cells, subcutaneous cells are greater in number,” Villacorta says. “But the visceral cells are actually larger in size per cell. And they get to be so big that they atrophy themselves—at which point they constantly, 24/7, produce cytokines.” Cytokines are a hormone with known inflammatory properties. “They promote atherosclerosis, tumor growth, aging, oxidation, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.” That’s quite a laundry list of bad things! 

Because visceral fat is stored around the liver, it impacts liver function as well. “The liver processes fats,” Villacorta explains, “and because these fats surround it, the liver has to keep processing them—and with them processing a lot of LDL, or bad cholesterol.” That means more artherosclerosis—and hardened arteries. “If you have this fat you can consider yourself always in a low-level inflammatory state,” Villacorta says. “It is a chronic condition—always happening, again and again.” 

So, how much fat is too much? After all, you need some degree of visceral fat to cushion your organs. But many of us have too much of it. Men are considered high risk if they have a waistline of 40 inches or greater, Villacorta says; women are in this category with a waistline of 35 inches. But once you hit that limit it’s already too late—you’re in a perpetually inflamed state. So Villacorta counsels taking preventive action sooner, at a waistline of 37 or 38 for men. “Ten pounds is two inches,” Villacorta points out, “and people can gain 10 pounds without even noticing; people average a 15-pound gain over the holidays and take a year to lose it just to gain it back again—so if you’re at 37 or 38, you’re not high risk, but you are in range.” If your waistline is bigger than 40 inches, you should consider taking action immediately. 

It’s critical that you measure your waist properly to find out where you stand. To measure your waist, use a seamstress tape measure straight around yourself one inch below your belly-button. Your actual waistline is not where the waistband of your pants rests—it is generally lower than that (unless you wear your pants like Britney Spears, in which case it’s higher). 

If you feel you may be at risk, ask your doctor to do an increased C-reactive protein (CRP) test the next time you do a lipid profile. CRP goes up as inflammation develops, so high levels of CRP may indicate excess visceral fat. 

Fighting Visceral Fat Through Exercise and Diet
To get your visceral fat under control, you should begin with a smart exercise regimen. Most people know—as does Villacorta—that you can’t spot-burn fat, but he says that a combination of cardio and strength training has been shown to help reduce visceral fats. And, of course, you need to control your caloric intake—but, Villacorta says, what kind of calories you eat really matter. “Junk calories leave you inflamed, so you must really think about your quality of nutrition.” 

Below, find Villacorta’s seven must-do dietary tips to reduce visceral fats—and take anti-inflammatory action.

Eat Your Greens (and Blues… and Reds…): Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables—to the tune of seven to nine servings per day for men. But pay attention to the color of your fruits and veggies. Pigment is a vital chemical in plants; it forms, Villacorta says, “the plant’s immune system; and the different colors have different health benefits.” So eat a variety, from berries to orange and yellow veggies to dark leafy greens. Berries are among the best things you can eat—packed with antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries are particularly great choices.

Focus on Fiber: Choose whole grains and high fiber foods. Whole grains and fiber have been proven to reduce inflammation. That means whole wheat pastas; brown rice; Quinoa; beans; lentils; whole wheat breads; and whole grain breads.

Skip Saturated Foods: Reduce your saturated fat consumption. This is the fat found in fatty meats, like red meats, as well as bacon, sausage, cheeses, whole dairy milk, and full-fat yogurt. Choose instead chicken, turkey, fish, and lean cuts of beef. Villacorta emphasizes that it is now possible to find meat with 3 percent fat, even while eating some red meat; just stay away from prime rib and the high-fat content cuts of meat. For dairy, go low fat—including yogurt.

Go Omega: Eat more omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, and powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The best way to get your Omega-3 intake is to eat three or four ounces of fish like salmon or trout two times per week. Other great sources include flax seeds, walnuts, and soybeans. One crucial tip: Flax seeds need to be ground or your body can’t digest them, so don’t just throw them into your cereal. Instead, grind them up (a coffee grinder is great for this).

Add Some Spice (and Other Antioxidants): Eat antioxidant rich foods. Many spices, such as oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger, are rich in antioxidants. Stay away from processed soy—eat tofu or less processed soy. Drink green tea. And treat yourself to some dark chocolate, as long as it’s at least 70 percent cacao. Red wine is also seriously good for you—in moderation.

Think Whole Foods and Smaller Plates: Eliminate as much possible highly processed foods, especially those with high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. Even when eating whole foods, resist excess calorie consumption. Only eat enough calories to maintain weight and optimum metabolic needs. That means being careful—but not being crazy about it, because food is, after all, one of the great joys of life.

Drink Less Booze: Practice moderation with alcohol intake, as alcohol is highly caloric and leads to fat gain. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of two servings of alcohol per day—but a serving in AHA’s eyes is just four ounces of wine. By comparison, a restaurant pour of wine is six ounces, and at home it’s typically six or eight ounces, so you really need to watch your serving sizes. Likewise, an AHA allowed serving of beer is 12 ounces, and for hard liquor a mere 1.5 ounces.

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    Greetings & Namaste,

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    Exercise programs do not have to be expensive either. I am a master at building fitness plans with the minimal of equipment. If all you have is your body weight than I can build you a 90 day plan. The same goes if all you have is a resistance band, exercise ball, dumbells, kettlebell, etc.

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    Q: I am interested in starting the Full Body Detox program. At this time, I would like to know which program is best for me. At current, I have started removing things from my diet as of 2 weeks ago (pork, chicken, red meat, I'm trying with the fish but it's hard!) I am not eating cheese but I still eat yogurt and every now and then I will eat a boiled egg (egg whites). I have removed soda from my diet, no coffee, I drink herbal or green tea, pomegranate juice or orange juice and I drink filtered water (I have a countertop filter that I change every 6 months and the Brita pitcher that I change every 2 months). Along with the supplement, is there an eating plan that you can suggest for me? I am eating more fruits and vegetables, but I would welcome suggestions on certain foods that I can eat while I begin my cleansing.

    A:

    The Full Body Detox kit comes with a prescribed dietary plan and notifies a person what they can and cannot eat during the detox.

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

    A:

    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: Please tell me which products will help my 11 yr old son eliminate or aid in his healing of this horrible disease (Allergic Fungal Sinusitis). He was taking allergy shots once a week for a year. He is allergic to everything...grass, trees; dustmites, soy, wheat, dairy, eggs. He now drinks rice milk and I order food online at ener_g foods such as breads, cookies etc that are made without all the things he is allergic to. I want to boost his immune system to help fight this disease. He is on a strict diet and I would love you input on how to help him.

    A:

    Clearly he's toxic! Clean his body out and the problem will go away. Try CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) . Let him drink warm water and lemon juice (from fresh squeezed lemon) every day. Let him drink herbal tea of Mullein leaf and/or Eucalyptus. When he is bathing, drop in 6-8 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus per bath and add 1 box of sea salt to every bath. Let him soak for 45 minutes or so. He can heal from this problem!

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    Q: My Doctor wants me to start using the Cholesterol medication, Zocor. He says my high cholesterol is due to genetics. I'm not crazy about the idea of using this medication that he says may affect my liver. I've tried lowering the 'bad' cholesterol with diet and exercise. What are my natural food options? Thanks! After you do the full body detox and want to pursue other cleanses do you have to stay on a raw diet. Can you eat cooked beans or the herbs won’t be as effective? I’m a college student and I need food for thought and sometimes things aren’t accessible.

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    I'd recommend you start taking CHOLESTEROL BUSTER, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, and INTESTINAL JANITOR (Fiber). Food-wise, all fruits and vegetables will help lower your cholesterol levels. Avoid meat and dairy products if your cholesterol levels are high.

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    Q: I want to start the raw food diet, but do not want to lose weight has i am under weight already. I need tips to gain or at least maintain my weight. I do lift weights as part of my exercise routine.

    A:

    Thanks for the question,

    Losing "weight" on a raw foods diet is a definite probability. But the weight might be excess fat and water retention due to detoxing. By weight I am assuming you are talking about muscle. It is not that complicated to keep muscle while on a raw food diet. The Vegan Effect diet program I created is 60-90 percent raw. Raw before dinner if that helps. I allow myself one cooked meal a day. For the most part the diet is a Low fat/high carb/high fruit/high alkaline diet. 

    The most important thing to remember is getting enough calories. My athletes (including raw body builders) typically eat 1000 calories of fruit for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie. Usually post workout. You need to eat roughly 3000 calories to maintain or grow muscle mass. Some of my mass building athletes eat as much as 5000 calories. Albeit at a higher fat ratio than our standard 70/10/20 carb/fat/protein ratios. 

    Please refer to my blog on building muscle ona vegan diet found here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/building-muscle-on-vegan-diet

    There is a raw organic food bar with 22 grams of protien that can be found here http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products/. *Note: I am not affiliated with them nor do I sell any supplements*. It is however a great bridge to meals. 

    Besides getting enough calories make sure you are getting around 20 grams of protein 5 times a day to maintain muscle mass. Sprouting beans, nut butters, seeds, and nuts help.

    I run a 6 month online health coahcing program that includes lessons on sports nutrition and include a individualized fitness plan. I am currently running a ridiculous half off special to fill spots. If you are interested visit www.theveganeffect.com and contact me there.

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: Which are the best fruits and vegetables that promote weight loss during the detox and should the nuts be excluded? Do I need a combination of protein, carbohydrates and fats in order to lose substantially and if so, are there fruits and vegetables in these categories and is there possibly a limit to certain ones?

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    All fruits and vegetables help to tone you to the weight you desire. Why exclude nuts? Weight comes from meat, dairy products, refined products, etc. Not natural foods! Don't worry about protein, carbs, etc. It creates confusion! Real food doesn't cause problems. Let all the dietary confusion go and you will be fine!

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    Q: Greetings! I am 58 years old, five feet six inches weighing 119 pounds. I am a vegetarian, I eat fish but no meat. I don't drink or smoke. I am in fairly good health but I am having problems with impotence and penile erection. What would you recommend for this condition. Please let me know the items you recommend and the cost along with shipping to Toronto Canada.

    A:

    We recommend you perform the Male Cleanse to help heal your sexual reproductive system. After your cleanse, take (on a daily basis) 3 capsules of the following Dherbs formulas:

    Male Hormonal
    Prostate Formula
    Jackrabbit

    These products all contribute to the health of the male reproductive system and can treat your existing symptoms.