You may find that one of the hardest areas on your body to tone is around your midsection, commonly known as the belly, love handle, or muffin top area. You’re not alone! Not only can fat around your abdomen be unsightly to you, but it’s also harmful and research suggests that fat stored around your belly is linked to heart disease and other diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Losing belly fat has notable benefits for your overall health, as well as your appearance.
Why is belly fat so hard to get rid of?
What exactly makes this area so hard to tone? There are actually several reasons. One factor is age. For many women, the hormonal changes brought on by menopause mean changes in the waistline. While eating healthy and working out can help, stubborn belly fat can be hard to remove when battling fighting hormones. Other physiological changes, like pregnancy, can make the midsection hard to manage. Weight gained during pregnancy can be difficult to lose, and abdominal muscles become stretched. This contributes to drooping and sagging in the abdominal area. Many individuals who experience significant weight loss also find that this area is one of the most stubborn places to shrink, regardless of how much they diet or exercise.
3 Ways to Lose Belly Fat
Although belly fat typically is preceded by the word stubborn (and for good reason!), there are several ways to lose belly fat that can be successful. Although the focus may be on the belly area, overall fat loss is the goal, and can be accomplished in several ways
1. Diet Improvements
When it comes to weight loss, we’ve all heard the general rule of thumb: 80% diet, 20% exercise. Although this breakdown can be debated, improving your diet is the most effective way to lose weight. Suggestions for diet modifications for weight loss include:
- Avoid sugar
- Eat fewer refined carbohydrates
- Eat more protein
- Eat more fiber
- Maintain a calorie deficit
Not only can exercise help you reach your weight loss goals in combination with diet modifications, but it’s essential to your overall health! Cardio and weight training exercises can help you to reduce body fat. In addition, physical activity also helps with other contributing factors of belly fat, such as reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar levels.
Sometimes, even if you are at your goal weight, there can be areas of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise efforts. When this occurs, liposuction is a great option to treat targeted areas of the body to get rid of excess fat. Liposuction is not considered a weight loss treatment and is considered a fat reduction procedure.
SmartLipo Liposuction Benefits to Remove Belly Fat
SmartLipo is a revolutionary liposuction procedure that not only permanently removes unwanted fat, but also has the unique ability to stimulate the body to increase the production of collagen. Increased collagen production helps tighten the connective tissues in the liposuctioned area, which in turn tightens skin. This leads to more shapely and firmer results for the patient. New collagen production also improves skin health and quality, as collagen is the most important protein to the skin, and is what gives the skin its stretch and ability to retract after being stretched. SmartLipo is fast and definitely delivers noticeable results. The procedure is performed at Innovations Medical, typically takes just about an hour, and patients are awake throughout the procedure. Downtime after SmartLipo is minimal, and most patients get back to their regular routines quickly.
Contact Innovations Medical for Belly Fat Liposuction
If you’re looking to lose stubborn belly fat, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.