Sep 12th, 2007
Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) aka the Beer Belly
It is not the â€œspare tireâ€ (subcutaneous fat) that makes the apple shape insidious, but the visceral fat, a deeper layer of adipose tissue that cushions the abdominal organs. In studies of patients in whom visceral fat was measured directly by CT scan or dual photon xray absorptiometry (DXA), excess visceral fat emerged as an independent risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.
Visceral fat is directly linked with higher levels of total cholesterol and LDL (â€œbadâ€) cholesterol and lower levels of HDL (â€œgoodâ€) cholesterol. One theory is that the chemical by-products of fat metabolism are emptied into the vessels of the abdomen and are circulated to the liver, where they influence the production of blood lipids. Visceral fat has also been associated with insulin resistance. In that condition, the body does not respond adequately to insulin, the pancreatic hormone that enables glucose to enter the cells. The glucose level in the blood rises and with it, the risk of diabetes.
Sure cure for VAT elimination: CrossFit as rx’d + Zone adherence.
Post the most outrageous VAT elimination strategy you’ve run across to comments.
Rest Day WOD
After some rowing skill work, do the following, courtesy of CFNYC:
“Not Yo Momma“
Using 65#, perform a max-rep set of:
Rest 3 minutes and then perform a max-rep set of:
The bar does not touch the ground, except for during the 3-minute rest period. No resting allowed. Once the bar stops moving, the set is terminated (e.g., if you’re on OH squats and the bar stops moving, move on to front squats).