My client measured her body fat at the beginning of the year and remeasured it now. She lost a little bit of weight but she saw a dramatic reduction in her visceral body fat. Your visceral fat is located around your organs and mid-section. Reducing this type of fat will help protect you from certain diseases and support organ function.
You can measure your visceral body fat in a variety of ways.
- Magnetic resonance imaging machine: This is the most accurate test and can be done in a hospital setting or search for a place in your local area that provides this service.
- Bio-electrical Impedance: Bio-electrical impedance works by transmitting a small electrical current through the body and analyze the electrical resistance involved. There is a difference in electrical resistance between different types of tissue in the body such as lean muscle and fat, it is possible to accurately predict the amount of fat within the body.
- Waist to hip ratio: This is not as accurate but is more convenient and a great place to begin. Stand up straight and breathe out. Use a tape measure to check the distance around the smallest part of your waist, just above your belly button. This is your waist circumference. Then measure the distance around the largest part of your hips — the widest part of your buttocks. This is your hip circumference. Calculate your WHR by dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference. Generally, a value greater than 1.0 for men and 0.85 for women indicates a fair amount of visceral fat in the body.
Spring is a great time of year to reassess your new year goals, get your annual physical and test your body fat. I want to set myself up for success and will be getting mine tested AFTER the Conscious Nutrition Spring RESET program beginning April 16th.
If you have any questions and want to mentally prepare, email me to join us for Healthy Happy Hour on April 9th @ 5 pm PST.
Spring is in the air,
Heather Fleming, C.C.N.