Visceral fat has been linked to an increase of metabolic disturbances, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. There are many factors at play when it comes to both weight loss and weight gain more importantly certain hormones. According to experts, there are five foods which should be avoided due to their negative effect on these hormones directly impacting belly fat.
Belly fat is thought to manipulate some of the hormones such as leptin which control a person’s hunger.
People who are obese or who carry high volumes of visceral fat have been found to have elevated leptin levels, subsequently causing them to feel hungry more often, which could lead to more weight gain in the long run.
Leptin resistance is when your body does not respond to this hormone and is now believed to be the leading driver of belly fat gain in humans.
Leptin’s main role is long-term regulation of energy, including the number of calories you eat and expend, as well as how much fat you store in your body.
With this in mind, what are the five food types significantly impacting leptin levels and increasing your visceral fat?
According to the health site Dr. Axe Co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, the food types to avoid include:
- Refined grains
- Added sugar
- Added fat
- Artificial flavours
- Synthetic ingredients.
Health experts warn that regardless of your height or BMI, you should aim to lose weight if:
You are a man with a waist measurement of 94 cm (37 inches) or more
You’re a woman with a waist measuring 80 cm (31.5 inches) or more
Serious health problems could occur if:
You are a man with a waist measurement of 102 cm (40 inches),
You’re a woman with a waist measuring higher that 88cm (34 inches).