Belly Fat: What to Blame – What To Do About It

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In the history of belly fat, there are plenty of sources to blame: genetics, pregnancy, age, diet, carbs, thyroid, lifestyle and more. Many people of all ages battle bulges of the mid-section for these common reasons. Fat accumulated in the stomach and abdomen can be difficult to shed. Pockets of fat in these regions have acquired names such as: jelly roll, extra donut, belly pooch, love handles, spare tire, and these areas can be the most stubborn to get rid of with diet and exercise. There are elective procedures that can get rid of the tummy, but here are some possible considerations that may be to blame:

Aging: As we get older, our metabolism changes and fat tends to settle in the belly area, especially if we do not modify our diet. Aging does not require the same amount of calories, so assess your intake, and see where you can cut calories, while maintaining a healthy, nutritional, and balanced diet.  It is also important to exercise the mid-section muscles to keep them toned. Exercising the core will help us maintain our torso, and stay fit.

Battling the Bulges: How To Address Belly Fat and Mid-Section Weight

Battling the Bulges: How To Address Belly Fat and Mid-Section Weight

Diet: We are what we eat, and this will play a big role in our over-all health. Our bodies will respond accordingly to intake and consumptions. If our diet is rich in carbohydrates and fat, then we should expect to accumulate bulges, especially if we do not work out to burn off the excess. Our diet should consist of plenty of water, raw vegetables and fruits, whole grains, protein and more complex carbohydrates. White bread, pastas, baked goods, sweets and soda are food items that can add up in calories, quick.

Alcohol: The booze effect is something to consider. Many of us enjoy our libations, but beer, wine and liquor can really take blame for an inflamed and bulging belly. Alcohol can be very high in calories when we consider how the body breaks it down and processes it. It can turn to sugar and fat, and add up in weight if we do not watch it.

Pregnancy and hormones: Many women complain of the excess “baby weight” or “baby fat” after pregnancy and having children. Hormonal changes and other factors play a role in how easy or difficult it is for women to shape up or get back to their pre-baby bodies, after having children. Nursing and breast feeding can really help burn calories and tone the mid-section after pregnancy. But for many women, restoring their figure back to pre-baby proportion may not be possible, even with diet and exercise. In addition, our hormones change as we age, and often women will complain of the same type of weight gain with menopause. This applies mainly to women, but men have their hormonal changes too as they age.

The good news is, there are cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures that can help women and men battle their bulges, such as: Liposuction, body contouring, laser sculpting. Lipo procedures have become more streamlined, and they are less invasive now. Lipo sculpting targets specific body areas and removes fat from the stomach, waist, abdomen hips, thighs, buttocks and tackles love handles at the source of the problem. Laser-assisted body contouring will not only rid that region of fat, but it will also shape, tighten and tone the area.

In many cases, liposuction may be the necessary procedure to take care of the problem, but for women who have had children, or if excess sagging skin exists, then a tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck may be an additional procedure to consider, along with liposuction.

The best way to find out how to eliminate your problem areas is to consult with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon, one that specializes in fat removal and tummy tuck procedures. Now you are closer to getting a flat belly.

Sherry Azzarella

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