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The Shocking Increase In Visceral Fat As We Age

Tips and Advice

This is an amended guest blog post from Phil Chant at Bodyscan


The latest research shows that there is a truly shocking increase in visceral fat ( the fat that builds up inside the body around the internal organs ) in both sexes from the age of 50.


From the Bodyscan data :-

On average men over the age of 50 carry 53% more fat than men of all ages and 200% more than men under 30.

For women the results are much worse….  Women over 50 have 91% more visceral fat than women of all ages and  265% more than women under 30


With visceral fat linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and other serious diseases, this data is a very loud wake up call for everyone ( especially if you are around 50 or older ) and it is in line with formal studies showing even higher readings ( upto 400% ) in female visceral fat.


Of course, it doesn’t have to be like this. The best results in older clients show healthy low levels of fat including visceral fat often lower than many clients much younger.

The new year is often the time of resolutions to get fit and healthy but  a healthier lifestyle is just that, a long term commitment to exercise and change to healthy eating and not just one or two weeks of effort.

Here are 3 points verbatim from the 2010 study from Hunter, Gower and Kane that we at A.P.T know to be true.


“Participation in exercise can slow the age related shift in visceral fat “

“Increased risk of chronic metabolic disease with age may be greatly reduced if visceral fat gain is eliminated, or at least decreased”

“It can be argued that a combined program of aerobic and resistance training would be valuable  for enhancement of fat distribution , decreasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer as well as maintaining a high quality of life”


Whenever you commit to a healthier lifestyle ( today would be good ), the improvements in your bodyscan results is a great motivational tools to help you keep going.

Remember that visceral fat responds quickly to diet and exercise so small changes can add up to help us live more comfortably as we grow older.


Contact Mark now for your FREE consultation and scan to see where you can make improvements.


Mark Lammas

Athletic Performance Training

07930 753784