Keeping visceral fat levels to a minimum is essential for whole body health. A diet high in saturated fat and sugar is known to increase visceral fat, and certain foods can also help reduce it.
Visceral fat is the fat that accumulates around the vital organs in the abdominal cavity (abdominal fat) and is located under the muscles. Visceral fat is not your body’s enemy, as long as there is not too much of it.
A study showed that two herbs that we often use in cooking have an effect on reducing visceral fat, namely oregano and parsley.
Notably, a 2012 study found that carvacrol-phenol found in the essential oil produced from oregano can reduce fat.
To get the most fat loss benefits from oregano, you should include oregano oil in your diet, and it can also be taken as a supplement.
A separate study, published in 2018, states that consuming parsley is also great for losing visceral fat. The study also showed an increase in antioxidant activity in the body of those who ate parsley.
“In conclusion, weight loss with the help of parsley, in addition to a weight loss diet, can reduce weight and body mass index, as well as increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes in obese subjects,” the aforementioned study states.
The main reasons for the accumulation of visceral fat are the consumption of too much fatty food and insufficient physical activity, and experts state that, first of all, lifestyle habits should be changed as a whole.