Visceral fat is the fat that grows around the belly and it’s a sign of an extremely dangerous condition called metabolic syndrome, or what American metabolism doctor Elie Jarrouge calls “metabolic chaos”. Metabolic syndrome consists of a dangerous cocktail of high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.
Doctor Jarrouge said: “Public enemy #1 is excess visceral fat. This is the excess fat in your abdomen between and inside your organs.
“It’s the source of most metabolic chaos and diseases.”
Yet, not everyone knows that oily foods may be a major contributor of visceral fat, suggests the doc.
Doctor Jarrouge described on Twitter how “junk food that you constantly eat, which is very high in sugar, refined carbs and oils, is the main driver”.
The type of junk food he is talking about could include things like chips that are cooked in hydrogenated oil.
Hydrogenated oil is the type of fat that turns into a solid at room temperature – often used because it can make foods fresh for longer. Diabetes.co.uk states that these oils can be found in margarine, cakes, doughnuts, and ice cream.
Not all oily food is associated with visceral fat. Reasonable consumption of food containing liquid vegetable oils is known to be healthy – as it mostly contains healthy unsaturated fats.
Olive oil, sesame oil, and canola oil are a few of these types of oils. Palm oil is missed off the list because it’s much higher in saturated fat. It contains nearly double the proportion of saturated fat as olive oil.
The 16:8 is when you fast for 16 hours and only eat within an eight-hour period of the day. These eight hours should be filled with healthy, balanced meals.
But there are some side effects to the activity.
The NHS explains: “You may experience some headaches and constipation but you can limit the risk of this by making sure you are drinking plenty of fluids on your fasting days and eating plenty of vegetables and fruit.
“On the fasting days you can expect to feel hungry but remind yourself this is only for two days out of seven and make the most of your calories.”