The Best Way to Lose Belly Fat | CoolSculpting Stomach
THE BEST WAY TO LOSE BELLY FAT | COOLSCULPTING STOMACH
The best way to lose belly fat is not spot reduction exercises. It’s not eating foods that burn belly fat. For many adults, the best way to lose belly fat may be fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting stomach fat or liposuction. But to understand why, you need to understand the physiology of abdominal fat.
Read on to learn what causes belly fat, why it’s so hard to get rid of belly fat, and why millions of Americans are turning to non-invasive fat reduction treatments to trim their midsection and flatten their stomachs.
WHAT CAUSES BELLY FAT?
Belly fat is perhaps the most stubborn of bulges. It notoriously resists diet and exercise. Therefore, to recognize the best way to lose belly fat, first understand what causes the weight to cling to our midsection.
According to Shelley Carbone, a Registered nurse specializing in medical aesthetics, “lifestyle is not the only cause of belly fat.” Numerous biological factors influence abdominal fat. These include:
Hormones play a significant part in determining where fat is stored on the body. For example, in women, Estrogen directs fat to accumulate in the thighs and hips (to prepare the body for pregnancy.)
Men have low estrogen levels. Their hormones direct fat cells higher up on the body. Therefore, “they are more likely to gain weight around their midsection” claims Carbone.
Both men and women tend to store more belly fat as they get older. This is due, in part, because “hormone levels dip as we age,” says Carbone. For women, as Estrogen decreases, the body starts sending the fat it usually sends to the thighs and hips upwards towards the lower stomach. This contributes to the infamous lower belly fat pouch.
For men, an age-related decrease in testosterone (a hormone thought to inhibit the expansion of fat cells) further accelerates the rate of weight gain around the stomach.
Additionally, “as we age, we lose lean muscle mass,” says Carbone. This causes the metabolism to slow down, resulting in an overall increase in body fat. Not only do aging adults gain more fat around their midsection, other stubborn bulges, such as a double chin and love handles become more prevalent.
“Genetics influence the development of belly fat, perhaps more than any other biological factor,” explains Carbone. If you inherited an “apple-shaped” body-type, you are more likely to amass abdominal fat. Furthermore, belly fat is more resistant to diet and exercise than individuals who inherit a “pear-shaped” body type.
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LOSE BELLY FAT?
Not all fat is the same. There is subcutaneous fat (fat below the skin’s surface.) There is visceral fat (dangerous fat that deposits within the abdominal cavity and wraps around the organs.) Furthermore, not all fat cells are the same. Fat cells with more Alpha-2 receptors are programmed to store fat long-term. This is stubborn fat. Fat cells with more Beta-2 receptors are programmed to break down when the body needs energy.
For many people, belly bulges consist primarily of fat cells with more Alpha-2 receptors. Therefore, the body clings to this fat. It resists diet and exercise. In this situation, the best way to lose belly fat may be fat reduction treatments, such as liposuction or CoolSculpting.
Read on to learn about the best way to lose belly fat when your tenacious belly bulges resist diet and exercise.
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