Cigarettes are a very bad habit. In addition to the well-known risks, researchers have just proven that smoking could increase the mass of visceral and abdominal fat.

Very bad news when we know how dangerous it is already for health. We will explain everything to you.

A hidden, but dangerous fat!

In addition to being carcinogenic and increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cigarettes promote abdominal fat. At least these are the results of a study carried out by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to researchers, while smokers generally have a lower body weight than non-smokers, they accumulate more abdominal and visceral fat.

This fat “hides” deep in the abdominal cavity and surrounds important organs such as the stomach, liver or intestines. It is therefore not the same as subcutaneous fat, located just under the skin. It is more dangerous because it is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke or dementia.

It was while working on several studies concerning smoking habits and the distribution of body fat that the authors noted that “the influence of smoking on abdominal fat appears to occur independently of other factors such as socioeconomic status or alcohol consumption”.

To lose this fat, specialists strongly recommend stopping smoking as a first step. Then, sport can help eliminate this bad fat.

For this, the HIIT (high intensity interval training) seems to be a very good ally. Three sessions per week for twelve weeks would significantly reduce the percentage of visceral fat. Even after exercise, the body continues to work to eliminate this excess bad fat.

If you want help to quit smoking or find a sport that suits you, do not hesitate to call a health professional.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 11, 2024, at 7:10 a.m.

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