Visceral fat, also known as abdominal fat or belly fat, is stored within the abdominal cavity, the largest hollow space of the body that houses vital organs, such as the liver and intestines. When visceral fat accumulates in this part of the body, it can interfere with vital bodily functions, raising your risk of chronic complications, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Seventy-seven women, aged 31 to 72 years were enrolled in the study.
They were divided into four groups according to the average number of steps they walked per day (less than 7,500, more than 7,500, less than 10,000, more than 10,000, less than 12,500, more than 12,500).
After conducting a comparative analysis at the end of the study, one key finding stood out.
“The results of this study suggested that women who walked less than 7,500 steps per day tend to have significantly increased intra-abdominal fat accumulation,” the researchers concluded.
The findings imply that walking 7,500 steps or more a day can help to keep visceral fat at bay.
Other studies attest to the belly-busting benefits of daily walking.
In a study published in the journal Elsevier, “daily walking rather than improvement of exercise capacity” correlated with the reduction of visceral fat in obese Japanese males.
Other exercises are also recommended to trim visceral fat.
According to Bupa, protein can be a helpful way to lose weight because it makes you feel fuller than carbs and fat do.
“So if you include a lean source of protein, such as skinless white chicken, in your meals you may find that you’re not as hungry, and so eat less,” advises the health body.
It also says to make sure you include protein with each meal.
Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk, red lentils, chickpeas, brown bread, nuts and soya.