While research indicates that dieting helps reduce visceral fat, it also shows that exercise has a much greater impact on subcutaneous fat. The more intensely and more often a person exercises, the more subcutaneous fat he loses. Superskinnyme.com reports that frequent shorter workouts are more effective at encouraging subcutaneous fat loss than longer-duration workouts performed less frequently. Aerobics, interval training and resistance training are all great for subcutaneous fat loss.
Prevention magazine reports that a moderate amount of subcutaneous fat is necessary for good health, but too much is unhealthy and also causes people to lose confidence in their body image, which studies show leads to engaging in dangerous health behaviors. An article in the Huffington Post indicates that subcutaneous fat differs from visceral fat in that a person is able to pinch it with his fingers. It is the fat that exists above the muscles.
Although any excess amount of body fat is bad for a person's health, subcutaneous fat is not as detrimental to health as visceral fat, according to physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Sheila Dugan, MD. Dugan explains that visceral fat is far more harmful to cardiovascular health than subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is also linked to high blood pressure and diabetes.