Author Topic: Visceral fat...  (Read 689 times)

Visceral fat...
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:31:29 pm »
…is a major factor in ill-health.

However, it isn't easy to find out what proportion of the viscera can (reasonably) safely be fatty tissue. There are guidelines for the overall proportion of body mass that can be fatty tissue, expressed as a percentage of body weight. I have found references to a "visceral fat rating", which is a number (no units) up to fifty nine. I'm suspicious of this, partly because it's mentioned on websites that are selling weighing scales.


hellymedic

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Re: Visceral fat...
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2014, 01:02:39 pm »
Get a tape measure and measure your waist. Tape measures need carry no commercial baggage.

You will be carrying too much visceral fat if your waist is over 38"/96cm for a man.

Calculate your waist:hip ratio.
http://www.virginactive.co.uk/active-matters/tools/waist-hip-ratio

That is all.

Re: Visceral fat...
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2014, 04:58:34 pm »
Or, have a transverse CT scan done for another reason - it shows visceral fat very clearly. Apparently, I have a "normal" amount, whatever that is!

hellymedic

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Re: Visceral fat...
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2014, 05:04:12 pm »
I suspect mine is low.
My waist:hip is 0.72 and I can easily feel my aorta if I lie on my back.

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Re: Visceral fat...
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2014, 10:24:54 pm »
My scales give a visceral fat rating. I have no faith at all in that reading. My waist is 30-31" usually which is good enough for me.

hellymedic

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Re: Visceral fat...
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2014, 11:39:58 pm »