Regular Exercise Keeps Harmful Visceral Fat at Bay
Posted Dec 08 2009 1:54am
If you’re trying to maintain a constant weight, exercise needs to become part of your lifestyle, there are two reasons for this number one it will keep your weight in check and the other is exercise is good for you anyway.
But are there any other factors that come into play if you don’t maintain a regular exercise routine? Many people when they first start exercising go at it gung ho and are very enthusiastic to start off but once we get to our target weight we can tend to slack off somewhat.
Then sometimes what can tend to happen is we get complacent somewhat, we start exercising less because we don’t think we need to do it so much as we used to and the weight starts to pile back on which isn’t what we want.
Or we may get into a pattern of doing some one week but very little the next week, so does this particular behaviour do anything to our bodies, it would seem so according to some recent research which has been released.
Which looks into the facts about visceral fat which is the layer of fat which tends to be around the abdominal area of your body. Visceral fat tends to be more harmful than other fats because it tends to surround organs which isn’t good.
One of the reasons for this is the more you have of it, you may far more likely to get type two diabetes. In this particular study there were three groups of people, which did the following aerobic training, resistance training and no training.
They were all put on a 800 calories a day diet, across all three groups they lost 24 pounds on average, after which the researchers measured their visceral fat, subcutaneous fat. After the study was over the group that did no exercise was excluded and the other two groups, which exercised, were told to keep exercising for a year just to see what would happen.
After the year period was over they were split into five groups, the people that maintained aerobic training those who had ceased to do aerobic training, those who carried on with their resistance training, those who ceased resistance training and another group which did no exercise at all.
And once the results were in one of the researchers said;
“What we found was that those who continued exercising, despite modest weight regains, regained zero percent visceral fat a year after they lost the weight,” Hunter said. “But those who stopped exercising, and those who weren’t put on any exercise regimen at all, averaged about a 33 percent increase in visceral fat.
“Because other studies have reported that much longer training durations of 60 minutes a day are necessary to prevent weight regain, it’s not too surprising that weight regain was not totally prevented in this study,” Hunter said. “It’s encouraging, however, that this relatively small amount of exercise was sufficient to prevent visceral fat gain.”
So it would seem from this once you have done some exercise and you do gain some weight, you are far less likely to have the harmful visceral fat which is associated with type two diabetes.
Which is quite good news really because even if you do put on some weight it won’t be the harmful type of fat. For anybody who has diabetes already this will be good news or anybody who has exercised before put on some weight and may be worried about if they are carrying harmful fat.