Beware of the belly fat monster

Something has been weighing a little heavy on me for the past few weeks…I have been struggling to maintain my goal weight.
I weigh myself every second or third day, not because I am obsessed with physical appearance, but because I am trying hard to find the correct balance to maintain my weight.
I don’t train as hard and as often as I used to on my weight-loss journey and do not eat as strictly controlled as I used to.

I had to adjust my diet in order to stay at a healthy maintainable weight without losing or gaining any more.
During the last few weeks I have gained 3 kilos, losing, 2, gaining 1 and so it goes, up and down and I have been feeling miserable about it.

Of course I do have occasional fears of going back to where I was. I don’tnt necessarily fear the rolls and bigger cheeks – but knowing what I endured over the past decade with anxiety, depression, bad skin and general health problems, I definitely do not ever want to return to the old me.
As the amount of weight I have gained is not much to write home about, I cannot blame hubby for saying that it’s all in my head, but by now, I know what’s in my head and what’s real.

My body composition analysis actually showed a 3 kg gain around my belly area and my visceral fat has gone up from level 3 to level 4.
On the bright side, I am no longer be a level 8 (where I started) but it certainly is something that I cannot ignore and I will tell you why…

What exactly is this VISCERAL FAT?

Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.
Visceral fat is technically excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue accumulation. In other words, it’s known as a “deep” fat that’s stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It’s a form of gel-like fat that’s wrapped around major organs.
If you have a protruding belly and large waist, that’s a clear sign you’re storing dangerous visceral fat. While it’s most noticeable and pronounced in obese individuals, anyone can have visceral fit, many without even knowing it.

Carrying around excess visceral fat is linked with an increased risk for:

· Coronary heart disease
· Cancer
· Stroke
· Dementia
· Diabetes
· Depression
· Arthritis
· Obesity
· Sexual dysfunction
· Sleep disorders

Visceral fat is considered toxic and can cause major problems in the body because it’s capable of provoking inflammatory pathways, plus signalling molecules that can interfere with the body’s normal hormonal functions.
Fat cells do more than simply store extra calories. The fat tissue itself acts like its own organ by pumping out hormones and inflammatory substances. Storing excess fat around the organs increase production of pro-inflammatory chemicals, which leads to inflammation; at the same time, it interferes with hormones that regulate appetite, weight, mood and brain function.

I will be the first to admit that I have been indulging in some sweet treats, put a little pressure on myself career-wise and gone to bed in the early hours of the morning.
The lack of sleep and stress actually does more damage than my occasional milk-tart slice…now that’s scary.

Going forward- How I’m going about losing my Visceral Fat?

Eat well balanced, portion-controlled meals
No more wine
Do resistance training
Do high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
Keep calm and stress less
Try to get my 8 hours sleep

Let’s see if I can get it down to level 3 by next week….taking it one level at a time.

Xoxo
Sio

SioBeware of the belly fat monster