ThamKC/Getty Images It is healthy to have some body fat in the body. But visceral fat is the type that you should avoid because of its harmful effects.
Visceral fat forms within the abdominal cavity, near vital organs, including the liver, stomach and intestines. In some cases, it may also appear in the arteries.
Having such type of fat is unhealthy and can contribute to numerous serious and potentially deadly health problems. People with visceral fat are at risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, colorectal cancer and even Alzheimers disease.
Poor diet is known as the most common cause of visceral fat buildup. But people can avoid excess fat by making simple changes to their daily food consumption.
Low-carb diets have been found to be effective in reducing visceral fat. Studies showed that reducing carbs even work better than diets that focus on low fat consumption.
In one study with 69 overweight people, the group that took a low-carb diet for eight weeks lost 10 percent more visceral fat and 4.4 percent more total fat than those on a low-fat diet, Daily Express reported Thursday.
Among all forms of low-carb diets, the keto diet appeared the most effective in getting rid of visceral fat. This approach focuses on drastically reducing carb intake and replacing it with fat.
The keto diet uses the natural metabolic state called ketosis to promote weight loss. Another study that involved 28 overweight and obese adults showed that the very low-carb diet could burn more fat than a low-fat diet.
Researchers even allowed the keto group to eat up to 300 more calories per day. A separate experiment supports initial findings, showing that people on keto diet could lose 2.2 times more weight than those following a calorie-restricted, low-fat diet.
The other foods people can eat on keto are seafood, cheese, meat, low-carb vegetables, nuts and seeds, avocados, eggs and olive oil. However, the diet also requires reducing or completely avoiding certain food products.
To effectively cut weight and lose visceral fat, people on keto should eat less foods that are high in carbohydrates. The list includes pasta, sugary foods, root vegetables like potatoes and unhealthy fats like mayonnaise.
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