For a lot of people, belly fat is the hardest to lose and no matter how hard they diet or exercise, the bulge just won’t budge.
If you’ve been dieting and exercising religiously and yet these efforts barely reduced the excess fat on your abdomen, there may be “hidden” causes that may or may not be related to diet and exercise. Here are 5 possible reasons why belly fat is stubborn to remove.
1. Slower Metabolism
As you age, your metabolism slows down. Thus, it is easier for excess pounds to accumulate around your midsection. Menopause, too, adds to the problem because waning estrogen levels cause fat buildup in the midsection.
2. Wrong exercise routine
If you’re doing a lot of cardio exercises every week and still have a protruding belly, it’s because cardio exercises alone just won’t cut it. In order to lose stubborn fat, you need to do a combination of high intensity cardio exercises and muscle training. You need to lift weights in order to burn more calories and more fat because muscle building exercises help you burn stubborn belly fat faster.
3. Poor nutrition
Losing excess abdominal fat necessitates that you follow a diet that facilitates fat loss. Avoid eating of inflammation-causing calorie-dense food such as sugary-sweetened drinks, processed food and saturated fat because they are linked to increased weight distribution in the abdomen.
Instead, consume more of fiber-rich green leafy vegetables and have more of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat food sources (e.g. avocado olive oil, walnuts, salmon) because they are known to raise the body’s basal metabolic rate.
4. Stress and Sleeplessness
Stress and lack of sleep often result to an increase in the body’s cortisol levels, and high levels of cortisol can lead to increased appetite, cravings, and ultimately, fat stores. Lack of sleep also lowers your basal metabolic rate, making it difficult for you to burn fat.
5. Genetics and Underlying conditions
Genetics play an important role in a person’s ability to lose stubborn belly fat. Apple-shaped individuals are predisposed to accumulate more fat so are heavier in the midsection. Medical conditions, too, cause some people to store excess belly fat. Individuals who have polycystic ovary syndrome, are diabetic or prediabetic store large amounts of belly fat and usually have difficulty getting rid of it.
How to Finally Get Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat without Surgery
If you want to get rid of stubborn belly fat without undergoing surgery or endless months of rigorous dieting and exercise, you should consider getting a CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure.
CoolSculpting Singapore, a US FDA-approved nonsurgical fat removal procedure, gets rid of stubborn abdominal fat by freezing fat and destroying fat cells permanently. It works by targeting fat cells beneath the skin’s surface, cooling them to very low temperatures, causing them to crystallize and die.
According to Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, Medical & Scientific Director of Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, an aesthetic clinic in Singapore, CoolSculpting fat reduction is particularly effective for the safe removal of abdominal fat.
“CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive procedure that eliminates stubborn fat in targeted areas without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues,” explains Dr. Sylvia.
“The procedure involves the delivery of controlled cooling using a special device which gently targets the subcutaneous fat cells of treatment area. The body contouring procedure, which normally lasts under two hours, is painless and requires no downtime. Visible fat reduction happens weeks or months after the procedure as the destroyed fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body,” she adds.
For best results, CoolSculpting may be combined with TriLipo Fat Reduction procedure to further intensify the fat melting and skin tightening results.
For home care treatment, consider using Slim Contour Cream from Dr. Sylvia Skin Care that will be applied on the skin of the treatment area to firm up any looseness. The Slim Contour Cream, formulated with caffeine and red seaweed extracts, also improves uneven skin tone. Some patients may also require more than one CoolSculpting fat freeze procedure to achieve a sculpted abdomen.
To learn more about CoolSculpting and other noninvasive fat reduction procedures, call our clinic for an appointment today. During consultation, our certified skin specialists and US Board Certified doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, will prescribe an appropriate fat removal treatment plan after a thorough assessment of your problem areas.