Carrying excess visceral fat – that sticks around important organs, such as the liver, pancreas and intestines – increases the risk of long-term, life-threatening medical conditions. These include:
Another experiment focused on obese men who took coconut oil daily for 12 weeks.
Results showed that the men lost an average of 1.1 inches (2.86 cm) from their waists without intentionally changing their diets or exercise routines.
It must be noted that although visceral fat is found within the body, there is still a correlation between the harmful belly fat on the inside and the circumference of a person’s waist.
One four-week study observed 20 obese adults who took two tablespoons (30ml) of coconut oil every day and found that the waist circumference in males were significantly reduced.
The NHS stresses that regardless of your height or body mass index (BMI), it’s important to measure the waist to check if you’re
carrying too much body fat around your stomach.
The Heart Foundation adds that “your waist measurement is an indicator of the level of internal fat deposits which coat the heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas”.
How to measure your waist:
- Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.
- Breathe out normally.
- Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist.
- Check your measurement.
Your health is at risk if your waist size is:
- Over 94cm (about 37 inches) for men
- Over 80cm (about 31.5 inches) for women
For anybody measuring up as high risk, it’s advisable to visit your GP to discuss your health and possible lifestyle changes.
Although coconut oil has been proven to help reduce waist circumference and visceral fat, it’s important for your health to perform a moderate amount of exercise.
To be specific, regular aerobic exercise is the best way to combat harmful belly fat and comes with a host of other healthy benefits too.
Aerobic exercise can include: swimming, brisk walking, running and cycling.
The NHS states that regular exercise can “lower your risk of early death by up to 30 percent”.
That’s because one life-enhancing benefit of moving the body is that it slashes the chances of developing major illnesses.