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How to Lose Visceral Fat in a Week, Say Physicians

Four ways to help lose dangerous fat in just a week.
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Visceral fat is located deep within your abdomen and it wraps around your vital organs, which can cause serious health problems like type 2 diabetes, stroke, certain cancers, fatty liver and more. Most people have it even though they likely don't know it and Dr. Jorge Luis Green, the board-certified bariatric and general surgeon for Renew Bariatrics explains to Eat This, Not That! Health how much is too much. "For women, your risk of chronic disease is increased if the waist circumference is 80 cm or more and for men 94cm or more." Getting rid of visceral fat is possible and experts reveal to ETNT Health how to start losing it in just a week. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Intense Workouts

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Dr. Kim Harris, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor with Prescott Medical Aesthetics says, "Personally, if you want to lose visceral fat in a week, I recommend vigorous exercise, diet and fat-burning products. For exercises, I recommend running, aerobics, jumping rope, cycling, speed walking and swimming. These are intense exercises that can help remove visceral fat." 


Diet is Key

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Dr. Harris states, "You also need a diet such as water or green tea, eating 6 meals a day with low carbs, eating two fruits a day, eating two yogurts a day, drinking boldo tea and eating less salt with more herbs. For fat-burning products you may have B12 injections. So, rigorous exercise, diet and fat-burning products, all combined may help you lose visceral fat in one week, although, I personally think one week is such a short time."

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Eat More Protein

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Dr. Green explains, "Protein can help you lose weight and improve your muscle mass. It can also help prevent the symptoms that often occur at the beginning of the diet. Try eating at least 50 grams of protein each day. You can find protein in foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products."

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Eat Less Carbs

whole wheat carbs, pasta, bread

Lindsey DeSoto, a registered dietician nutritionist with The Dietician Momma suggests, "Instead of restricting healthy fats, reduce your carb intake. People who eat a lower carbohydrate diet lose more visceral fat than those who follow a low fat diet. Generally speaking, a low carb diet is less than 100-150 grams of carbohydrates a day."

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Measuring Visceral Fat

Body fat analysis with electronic bioelectrical impedance scale at weight loss clinic.

According to Dr. Harris, "The best indicator of visceral fat is to measure your waistline. For women, having a waistline of 80 cm. or more is a sign of too much visceral fat. For men, 94 cm or more is the critical number for having visceral fat. Visceral fat usually shows up because of too much calorie consumption and too little physical activity. In other people, visceral fat is a factor of genetics. It could also be caused by alcohol consumption, especially for men."

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