Belly fat has a name in South Africa. We call it “The Boep”, and it affects most men and women. For some, it has a major effect on their self-esteem, and they will try everything to get rid of the stubborn fat. Mostly this involves Diet plans, Fad-diets and special mixes, medications and concoctions. These often have little or no effect, and the worst part is this: Everything you lost you gain back double if you stop. GREAT! Back to square one, and then some.
What is Belly Fat really?
There are three types of fat: Triglycerides (fat circulating in your blood); Subcutaneous fat (the layer of fat beneath your skin) and Visceral fat (a.k.a Belly Fat). You will find Belly fat beneath your muscles in your stomach and poses many threats to your health if there is too much of it. In simple terms, belly fat is excess fat that surrounds the organs in your stomach.
What causes it?
There are many factors that can contribute to belly fat. Below are a few of those factors to take note of.
Sweets, fizzy drinks and sugary foods can lead to weight gain which slows your metabolism and, in the end, reduce a person’s ability to burn fat.
Drinking too much alcohol could cause a variety of health problems, such as liver failure, kidney failure and alcohol poisoning. People, the majority of which are male, gain weight around their bellies from drinking an excessive amount of alcohol.
Lack of exercise
Obviously, if you take in more calories than the calories you burn off, you will gain weight. Living an inactive lifestyle (and no, Wii Sports don’t count) makes it even harder for a person to get rid of stubborn fat, particularly around the belly.
Cortisol is a hormone released by our bodies to control and deal with stress. In many cases your body will release Cortisol when in danger or under high amounts of pressure. This, of course, impacts your metabolism. People usually turn to food as a good stress reliever. The bad news, however, is that the Cortisol causes the excess calories to remain around the belly and other body areas for later use.
How to lose belly fat
Try to make a few lifestyle changes and you may end up losing the unwanted belly fat. Here are a few tips for getting started:
Level-up your diet
A healthy and balanced diet can help a person lose weight and have an excellent effect on your overall health. Try to avoid fatty foods and foods low nutritional value like refined carbohydrates. Instead, eat lots fruit and vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Drink less alcohol
If you are trying to lose the stubborn belly fat you should monitor your alcohol intake. Why? Alcohol contains additional sugars that can contribute to gaining more weight.
Become more active and work out
A sedentary lifestyle (doing nothing) can contribute to many health problems, including weight. If you are trying to lose the stubborn belly fat, getting a good amount of exercise everyday is a good point to start. (Walking is a form of exercise, just so you know).
It might be easier said than done. Even so, this thing we call stress is a major contributor to gaining weight. Destress yourself with gentle exercises like Yoga or meditation.
Shaking off the last bits of fat
The one thing about belly fat is that, even if you do make lifestyle changes and try to live a healthier life, you might still end up with fat around your waist, hips and thighs. We call that “Stubborn Fat”. You will know when you are dealing with this problem because nothing you do will make the fat go away. For most people this can be devastating, especially after all the efforts they put into living healthier. Even though it is no longer a health issue it can still make a big impact on self-confidence and body positivity.
At this stage, weight loss isn’t a priority. What you need now is fat loss – and that is where fat freezing technology excels. Instead of reducing the size of fat cells, fat freezing destroys fat cells without harming the surrounding skin and tissue. It can directly target your trouble spots making sure you lose the fat where you need to.