August 24, 2016

Visceral fat (fat that cushions our abdominal organs) creates a cascade of undesirable health effects to our heart, brain and other major organs. Other areas of excess fat in the hips, thighs, and buttocks, especially cellulite, can also be hard to lose. Here’s what you can do to get rid of them and achieve a fit and toned body that you want.

Why Is It Hard for Women to Lose Fat?Excess Fat And Cellulite

Fat gets a bad reputation, but the truth is, our body needs a certain percentage of fat to be able to function normally. Fat in the myelin sheath insulates our nerves so they don’t become over sensitive, and dietary fat is important to dissolve certain vitamins such as A, D, E and K.

For women, the main reason why it’s harder to lose the same amount of fat at the same time as men is their need to sustain their unborn, nature’s insurance in case of famine. Interestingly, women of childbearing age normally get fat deposits in the hips, thighs and buttocks (where fat is harder to burn off) while post-menopausal women get it in the abdomen in response to declining estrogen.

Safe Removal of Excess Fat: Your Options

If you are wondering how to get rid of excess fat, you first have to understand your body shape – defined by where you deposit most fat – and exercise accordingly. Sometimes, though, even the most high intensity exercises are not enough to melt off those last few ounces of fat that stubbornly cling to the arms, abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs. For these resistant bulges, a non-invasive fat removal treatment may be in order.

Controlled cooling is used to damage fat in a way that they are removed by the body naturally and permanently. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved fat freezing procedure that uses the principles of controlled cooling to slim down the flanks, upper and lower abdomen, and thighs, and smaller pockets of fat around the knees, bra bulges in the armpits, and beneath the buttocks. The CoolMini in Singapore also uses a smaller applicator for safe removal of double chin.

The Truth About Cellulite

Beneath our skin is a layer of fat (subcutaneous fat) that serves many functions: It provides protective cushion for the outer skin, insulates our body so it retains heat, supplies energy source, and gives smoothness and contour to the body.

Technically, anyone can get cellulite, even the fittest of athletes. Men, however, are not prone to developing cellulite because of several reasons: They have more muscles, and therefore their ability to burn fat is that much faster and better, and their collagen, the main protein found in the underlying connective tissue, is constructed in a ‘crosslinked fence’ manner so the fatty layer above lies flat.

Women have a “picket fence” construction of their collagen, and the spaces in between allow some of the fatty layer to be pushed through, resulting to a puckered appearance. Because cellulite occurs in the very same areas – hips, thighs, buttocks – that are less metabolically active, it becomes all that much more difficult to lose.

Cellulite Treatment: Your Options

A type of non-surgical liposuction performed by many aesthetic doctor in Singapore to achieve overall body contouring to tighten those sagging skin in the belly, arms and thighs is TriLipo, which employs safe, radio frequency (RF) technology that generates heat to metabolize fat in the epidermal layer and create internal muscle contraction to remodel collagen in the dermal layer. This is ideal not just for those concerned with cellulite but also for those who want to contour their face, tighten skin laxity in various areas of the body, and minimize stretch marks.

Follow up the results of TriLipo skin tightening treatment by applying Slim Contour Cream from Dr Sylvia Skin Care. Developed by a Harvard-trained skin care specialist in Scotts Road, Singapore, Dr Sylvia’s Slim Contour Cream contains marine-origin disaccharide, botanical extracts and natural caffeine to enhance microcirculation in cellulite-prone areas. The result, whether you use it at home or after the treatment, is tighter, more contoured skin and even complexion.