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Stubborn Fat (Subcutaneous Fat) VS Visceral Fat

subcutaneous fat vs visceral fat

Stubborn Fat (Subcutaneous Fat) VS Visceral Fat

Like many out there you may be wanting to take control of your life and start living a healthier lifestyle and loosing weight. And what better way to start then searching the web to find out exactly what to do and how to go about it. When researching you may have come across terms such as Visceral and Subcutaneous but what exactly are they referring to in terms of weight loss and how are they targeted?

Let’s breaks it down…

What is Visceral Fat and why is it so dangerous?

Visceral fat is the body fat that’s stored around several organs in the abdominal cavity including the liver, pancreas, and intestines. It stops your organs from being able to function properly as they restrict the organs movement by putting pressure on them. An expanding belly is the result of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat (the fat that lies just under your skin all over your body).

Higher amounts of visceral fat are associated with an increased risk of various types of disease including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia. In women, a waist measurement of 35 inches or higher is generally a sign of excess visceral fat. In men, it’s 40 inches or higher. Visceral Fat is the fat actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys and too much of it can put pressure on your organs which is stopping them from functioning properly which can lead to coronary heart disease, sleep disorders, cancer, stoke, diabetes, obesity and the list goes on.

How can you lower your Visceral Fat?

  • Avoid Trans Fats
  • Eat More Protein
  • Limit alcohol intake and always drink in moderation* (never go cold turkey as this may cause an adverse reaction)
  • Slowly reduce your sugar intake* (never go cold turkey as this may cause an adverse reaction)
  • Get active with high-intensity interval training(HIIT) & resistance training (F45 is a great way to stay in shape and an even better place to start your fitness journey)
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Reduce your stress levels

Will body contouring treatments such as Cryolipolysis, Radio frequency, Coolsculpting, SculpSure, and Cavitation help reduce your Visceral fat?

No – Body contouring treatments have absolutely no affect on your Visceral fat so I’m sorry guys but your going to have to put in the hard work and commit to a healthier lifestyle.

How to measure your Visceral fat?

Are you wanting to check in and see if your diet and exercise is on track?
With an InBody composition scan you can find out over 40 body composition parameters, including muscle mass, body fat, visceral fat and bone mineral content. Knowing the amount of body fat and muscle mass within your body is a great way of assessing whether your nutritional choices and exercise is working for your body.
Trusted by top hospitals and used for medical research, patient monitoring, sports medicine and sports science.

Total body weight alone is not a clear indication of a person’s overall health, as it does not distinguish between the amount of fat or lean mass, which the body is fundamentally made up of. This device is a highly effective and precise device which tests and provides in-depth results in less than two minutes.
Elite body Contouring Clinic in Rosebery is one of the only body contouring clinics that has a InBody composition scanner to track and your progress and make sure you are on the right track with your diet and exercise.

What is Subcutaneous Fat?

Subcutaneous fat (stubborn fat) is the stubborn pockets of fat located underneath the surface of the skin (epidermis) that everyone has. It is used mainly for fat storage and can be resistant to diet and exercise. The amount of subcutaneous fat each individual will have will depend on genetics, diet and exercise.

Subcutaneous can be very unsightly and while not considered as dangerous as Visceral fat it is still a concern when comes to your health and appearance as it can lead to cellulite and excess fat pockets.

Unlike Visceral fat, Subcutaneous fat can be treated with body contouring treatments such as:

  • Cavitation, which targets your deep fat using ultrasound technology to safely liquify the fat resulting in resulting your body removing the fat through its own natural removal process
  • Radio frequency fat melting, which uses RF waves to heat the subcutaneous fat causing it to melt, resulting in your body removing the fat through its own natural removal process
  • Cryolipolysis fat freezing which uses a low temperature technology to permanently destroy the fat cells within the targeted area, resulting in pocket reduction

Cavitation, Radio frequency fat melting, and Cryolipolysis are all non-surgical, non-invasive, pain free and require no downtime treatments that safely and effectively reduce the subcutaneous fat for a more sculpted body.


Both Visceral fat and Subcutaneous fat are important factors when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise must be undertaken when trying to loose weight. Body sculpting treatments are a safe and natural way to help you take control, sculpt your body, help remove those stubborn unwanted pockets of fat and get you on your way to a healthier and more confident you.

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subcutaneous fat vs visceral fat

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