Why Is Belly Fat So Stubborn?

Why Is Belly Fat So Stubborn?

You sweat it out at the gym and you’ve been tweaking your diet to lower calories, but your belly seems to be mocking your efforts. It’s frustrating. This scenario is all too common for both men and women, and for different reasons.

In this month’s blog post, Dr. David Foulk and our team here at Marion Ob/Gyn focus on the reasons why belly fat can be so stubborn. Better still, we review how our CoolSculpting® fat-reduction technology is more than up to the challenge.

Biology may not be on your side

When you take in more fat than you need, your body chooses where to store this fat according to biological directives. 

For example, women tend to store more body fat around their reproductive organs — which means their abdomens, buttocks, hips, and thighs. Men, on the other hand, tend to carry excess fat in their bellies.

While these directives can lead to stubborn belly fat during your middle years, the directives can change, making the problem even more difficult. 

When women pass through menopause and lose the influence of critical hormones like estrogen and progesterone, fat storage shifts from the legs and arms to the belly. There’s even a nickname for this process — meno belly — which refers to postmenopausal abdominal fat.

Men, too, undergo hormonal shifts as they age, and the loss of testosterone can lead to loss of muscle mass, which means men aren’t burning calories as they once did, allowing belly fat to remain intact.

Spot reduction is impossible

Another factor that may be hampering your efforts is that spot reduction of your belly fat is largely impossible. You can execute hundreds of crunches a day, but your body chooses where it sheds the fat, and your belly may be lower on the list thanks to the biological processes we mention above.

Fighting back

Given the hurdles in losing belly fat, you can greatly benefit from any leg up that you can get your hands on when it comes to the battle of the bulge. At our practice, we offer one such tool — CoolSculpting.

With CoolSculpting, we target and destroy fat cells directly, working around Mother Nature to give you a slimmer profile.

The energy we use freezes the fat cells in your treatment areas. We can reduce up to 25% of these cells, which won’t regenerate.

The CoolSculpting treatments are completely noninvasive, and we typically recommend a series of treatments for optimal results. As you progress through your treatments, the destroyed fat cells are naturally eliminated by your body, reducing the size of your belly.

CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss tool — you should still use diet and exercise to lose weight — but it’s a way to put the finishing touches on your efforts by eliminating stubborn belly fat.

To get a critical leg up in your efforts to reduce stubborn belly fat, please contact our office in Marion, Ohio, to set up your CoolSculpting treatments today.

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