6 Types of Body Fat

Essential Fat

It’s essential.  It plays a role in regulating body temperature, vitamin absorption, and the production of fertility hormones, just to name a few. This fat is not highly visible but is located throughout the body.

Brown Fat

Brown fat burns energy and is responsible for maintaining the body’s temperature.

White Fat

White fat is the body’s largest energy storage system. It is essential for insulin management to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance and it also helps to manage hunger. White fat also plays a role in managing growth hormones and cortisol. While white fat can be a good thing, too much of it becomes a bad thing. White fat can cause insulin resistance at greater levels, further raising the risk of weight gain.

Beige Fat

Beige fat is created when the body is exposed to stress, leading to the “beiging” of white fat. While a high level of beige fat is not a target goal, it is a step in the right direction to maintain healthy levels of good brown fat; which allows for the transformation and burning of fat as energy.

Subcutaneous Fat

Located just underneath the skin, subcutaneous fat accounts for approximately 90% of the overall body fat percentage. It is responsible for the production of estrogen. This fat type also acts as a cushion between muscle and skin tissue for protection and comfort. Subcutaneous fat is essential but too much, particularly around the abdomen, increases the risk of health complications.

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat, also known as ‘hidden fat’, is fat that is stored deep inside the body and wraps around the abdominal organs including the liver and intestines. It makes up about one-tenth of all the fat stored in the body. You can’t always feel it or see it. Even thin people can have high levels of visceral fat.

Dangers of Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is dangerous because it releases proteins and hormones that can be toxic to the body and cause inflammation.

Having visceral fat in the belly is a sign of metabolic syndrome, a collection of disorders that include high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and insulin resistance. Together, these increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Higher levels of visceral fat are also linked to an increased risk of colorectal and breast cancers, liver disease, gall bladder disease and gout, fertility problems, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What Causes Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat is more common in men than in women.

In men, age and genetics play a role in developing visceral fat.

Drinking alcohol can also lead to more belly fat in men.

In women, getting older can change where the body stores fat.

Especially after menopause, as muscle mass reduces while body fat increases. As women age, they are more likely to develop increased visceral fat in the belly, even if they do not put on weight.

Although visceral fat levels generally increase with age, our diet and activity levels have a much deeper impact on the level of visceral fat. If you consume excessive empty calories and do not exercise, you will be at a higher risk!

Are You at Risk?

There’s no way to know where and how much visceral fat is hidden in your body without expensive imaging tests. There are some other ways that may give you some indications:

  • Measuring the Body Mass Index (BMI) may tell whether you are carrying too much fat.
  • Waist circumference is also a good indicator of how much fat is deep inside the belly, around the organs.

These measurements do not apply to children and pregnant women.

If you fall into one of the overweight or obese categories, there is hope! Getting your nutrition and exercise regimen in check will start you on a path to getting rid of that visceral fat!

It may not be easy but it is so worth it.

How to Lose Visceral Fat

Eat smart.

Eliminate sugar from your diet.

Sugar has zero nutritional value and is very addictive. Avoid soda, sugary drinks, high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar. Refined starches such as white rice and white flour metabolize quickly into sugar and should also be eliminated.

Other foods that seem to encourage belly fat include trans-fat and processed foods such as margarine, packaged foods, potato chips and fast food.

Instead, increase your intake of lean proteins (chicken, eggs, beans), unsatu-rated fatty foods (fish, nuts, avocados), whole grains and fibre (beans, berries, oatmeal).

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is very effective in helping your body reduce fat.

The 16/8 Method: fast for 14-16 hours, with a daily “eating window” of 810־ hours.

Women tend to do better with slightly shorter fasts, recommended duration of a fast should be between 14-15 hours for women and 16 hours for men.

The following intermittent fasting (I.F.) nutritional programme is a suggested guide:

Intermitten Fasting (I.F.) Programme

Upon Rising

Glass of Water

heaped taspoon of Herbal Klenz Powder

Drink another glass of water with 1/4 teaspoon of K-Salt immediately after.


cup homemade organic low-fat yoghurt with fruits.

eggs (scrambled, half-boiled or hard-boiled). Optional.


tablet of Chromium Picolinate

tablets of Kelp

capsule of Liverin

Before Lunch

Glass of Water

heaped taspoon of Herbal Klenz Powder

Drink another glass of water with 1/4 teaspoon of K-Salt immediately after.


Salad (comprises 50% of the meal) and a small quantity of your usual food.

Eat brown rice instead of white rice.

Before Dinner

Glass of Water

heaped taspoon of Herbal Klenz Powder

Drink another glass of water with 1/4 teaspoon of K-Salt immediately after.

Dinner (same as lunch)

Salad (comprises 50% of the meal) and a small quantity of your usual food.

Eat brown rice instead of white rice.

Sleeping Habits

Practising healthy sleep habits will also offer fat-burning benefits.

Aim to have seven to nine hours of sleep daily.

Keep Moving

Studies have shown that regular exercise can help rid your body of visceral fat. Exercise reduces inflammation and can help normalize insulin and leptin levels. Start slow and try to work your way up. Every bit helps. Go for walks after dinner. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Additionally, full body strength-training exercises will increase caloric burn and help melt away visceral fat as compared to cardio. It is also important to keep building your muscles. Work out with weights, and do resistance training such as push-ups and leg raises.

The recommended amount of time to exercise is at least 30 minutes per session, 3 times weekly.

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