Overview: Belly fat
Sometimes no matter how well you diet or exercise it can be difficult to get rid of fat from certain areas of the body, especially around the belly. As you get older the challenges of staying fit and appearing youthful becomes greater and achieving the physique you want seems even more distant than ever before.
The belly area in particular can be a real challenge for the average person. The build-up of belly fat can significantly change a person’s appearance and impact what they can wear, and how they feel about themselves.
The tummy area is particularly prone to storing fat, from an anatomical perspective, which is why it is so common to see more and more people with excess belly fat. This can affect both men and women, although women in general carry more body fat than men.
Not being able to get rid of belly fat doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong because you may be doing everything you can and should. In this situation you may want to consider alternative ways to achieve the physique you desire.
Belly fat reduction treatments
Liposuction, also referred to as fat reduction surgery, is an effective cosmetic surgery treatment performed to help reshape the body by removing unwanted fat. The treatment involves sucking out fat from small areas where fats are commonly stored by the body and are often too difficult to remove.
Some of the most common areas of the body where liposuction is carried out are: Belly/Abdomen, Thighs, Hips, Chin, Arms and knees.
The aim of the procedure is to reshape the body, with long lasting results, on condition that weight is maintained through a healthy diet and exercise.
Rapid change in weight can cause skin to stretch and lose its shape permanently. The tummy tuck procedure is designed to remove loose skin from the tummy area which won’t go away through traditional exercise or dieting. People who usually choose this procedure are those who have gone through a period of significant weight loss and woman who have given birth and are left with loose skin.
Some people who choose to undergo a tummy tuck surgery also opt to combine it with liposuction to remove unwanted fats from difficult areas.
Vaser liposuction, or Vaser lipo, works by breaking down fat cells in the body by amplifying the natural vibrations that occur in cells. As a fat removal technique, it’s becoming increasingly popular because the procedure is less invasive and has minimal downtime compared to traditional surgical liposuction.
If you’re struggling to remove stubborn fatty build up despite a good exercise plan and dieting, and you’re not keen on undergoing surgery, Vaser liposuction may be a good option for you.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, fat-freezing, fat reduction procedure that uses controlled cooling to reduce difficult to remove fatty build up.
This is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure designed to eliminate stubborn fat build up. If fat reduction is something you’re considering, but you’re not comfortable with surgical solutions like liposuction, CoolSculpting may be a good alternative.
*Please note these procedures shouldn’t be used as an alternative to dieting and exercise, instead they should be considered as complementary cosmetic procedure to enhance the natural shape of the body.
Why some people choose to have belly fat removed?
There can be many reasons why some people choose to have belly fat removed. As previously mentioned, fat loss, especially in certain difficult areas of the body, can be very challenging and can prevent some people from achieving the look they want.
Here are some reasons why some people want to reduce belly fat:
- Desire to have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance
- Improve body proportion
- Build confidence and boost self-esteem
- Build motivation to maintain new shape
- Choose from a wider variety of clothes which fit better.
What causes weight gain?
Weight gain usually occurs when you regularly consume more calories than you burn through exercise or daily activity. So, to lose weight you must burn more energy than you eat.
Other contributing factors include:
- Stress levels – Stress can trigger the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which can increase your appetite. Unfortunately, it can also increase your desire for sugary satisfaction. Do this for long enough and you will put on weight.
- Inactive lifestyle – Watching a lot of television and spending a lot of time on the internet will contribute to an inactive lifestyle which will result in fewer calories being burnt.
- Medicine – Certain medication will contribute to weight gain, for example steroids, antibiotics and insulin.
- Sleep – Some studies show that no getting enough sleep, or not sleeping well, can contribute to putting on weight.
- Food portions – Eating more than you need increased calorie intake. In recent times, going out for dinner has become a big contributing factor to over eating as portion sizes in restaurants have increased significantly.
What can be done to reduce belly fat naturally?
- Drink less alcohol – Alcohol contains a lot of ’empty’ calories, which don’t have any nutritional value. The surplus calories gained from alcohol are converted to fat and stored in the belly by men and on the hips, thighs and arms by women. The less alcohol you consume the quicker belly fat will be reduced.
- High protein dieting – There are studies that show people with high protein diets have lower levels of belly fat. It’s believed high protein diets increase metabolism rate and support muscle development during exercise.
- Eat less sugar – Sugar can give you a boost of energy, which your body uses in place of energy produced from other foods. It can also cause your body to produce extra fat by confusing appetite controls.
- Resistance training – Everyone knows to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take. Resistance training can help develop muscle mass and increase metabolism rate, which means you’ll continue to burn fat even after you finish training.
- Balanced diet – Try to eat fish on a weekly basis. Fish like mackerel and herring are high in protein and ‘good fats’ that help to break down some of the less desirable fats in your body. Also, try replacing your traditional cooking oils suck as butter and olive oil with coconut oil. Studies show coconut oil increases metabolism.
- Eat soluble fibres – Avocados, legumes and blackberries are good soluble fibre foods. They will keep you full for longer and can help to reduce the amount of food you eat.