Beware of Visceral Fat—The Fat That Matters

Most of us struggle with an expanding waistline when we leave our 20s and enter 30s and beyond. The battle against our ever accumulating belly fat has been a hot topic in the health and fitness industry with dietary measures; body wraps amongst a few of the remedies proposed.

Before we tackle our waistline problem, we need to identify the type of fat we are dealing with. There are 2 types of abdominal fat—subcutaneous and visceral.

Subcutaneous fat is the fat that sits underneath the skin and is pinchable in a skinfold test whereas visceral fat finds refuge in between internal organs.

Of the 2 types of fat, visceral fat is more of a concern as it has a high correlation with


Visceral Fat, as an active tissue, stimulates cortisol production which in turn triggers the body to create and store visceral fat while also stimulating hunger. Excess levels of cortisol in the body can be attributable to long term stress as well. Cortisol also stimulates insulin secretion that promotes fat storage.

We now see the vicious cycle which invariably will lead to an ever expanding waistline and increasing health risks.


Good News

Luckily, visceral fat responds very well to regular exercise and dietary measures. By “dietary”, we don’t mean crash diets but rather a healthy eating habit, developing the right relationship to food and refraining from emotional eating, overeating and succumbing to food cravings. Easier said than done, right?

At a certain level, we all know what is good for us—exercise and healthy eating.

What then is stopping us from saving ourselves from potential nasty health ailments and a less than ideal body shape?



Whenever we try to plot of path to a healthy lifestyle, we stumble on the following:

  • “Eating healthily” and “exercising regularly” are not clear enough guidelines
  • How often do we need to exercise, how long and what type of exercise?
  • What is wrong with my current choice of food? Is it portion size?
  • Do I need to skip chocolate altogether?
  • How much is too much? How much is enough?
  • Can I really lose the fat that I want and look the way I want following my newly created routine? I am not a professional anyway so how would I know if this would work?



An innovative, tried and tested online nutrition coaching which has delivered results to 45,000 people is now available at Yoga XTC to tackle eating habits.

This is a habit-based program aimed at equipping participants with the skills for healthy living for the rest of their lives through daily habit forming. No nutritionist can be with you every day, watching over you whenever you eat. You, therefore, are the only person who can help yourself make the right food choice, eat the right amount and at the right time! As coaches, we are there to support you every step of the way (and yes, we are on your back everyday during the program!), until you develop the healthy eating habits. No more cravings, struggling with diets, guilt of overindulgence, digestive problems from overeating, weight problems from fat storage and obviously a wider than ideal waistline.

If you cannot join our fitness/yoga programs, this nutritional program will change your lifestyle and you will be on your way to your ideal body.

We are on hand to provide guidance as to appropriate fitness programs but without meeting you in person and assessing your physical condition, it is hard for us to be precise with our fitness program recommendations. However, we will certainly be able to provide general guidance as to the most appropriate type of training for the achievement of your goals.

Physical Exercise

If you live in Melbourne and can join our training and yoga programs in addition to our XTC Nutrition Program, we will ensure that you will be on target to hit your health and fitness goals in a fun and supportive environment.

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