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While there are many different kinds of fat, some good and some bad, the bottom line is people need body fat for many reasons. Fat supports your organs, stores energy, and helps build organs. The problem comes in when you have too much fat. This kind of fat is called visceral fat. Ricki Hickok, an exercise physiologist from Saint Anthony Medical Care explains that visceral fat is different from regular body fat.



There are many different kinds of contributing factors to visceral fat. Visceral fat has also been associated with a number of health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.



All is not lost, however. There are many ways for you to do something about visceral fat before it becomes a problem. Experts recommend getting your weight under control. One way to do that is to work out for 150 minutes a week including walks, aerobics, and resistance training. 



For more information on visceral fat and the effects on your body, talk to your local physician. 

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