What Is The Problem With Abdominal Fat

If you have a concentration of abdominal fat around your middle, your risk for serious health conditions is higher than that of individuals with slimmer torsos. Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center can show you how to lose abdominal fat and get this situation under control before it leads to other dangerous health issues. Their expert guidance, personalized weight loss plans, non-surgical interventions, and exceptional support make it easier to achieve sustainable weight loss and improved health.

Different Kinds Of Abdominal Fat

Everyone has some belly fat, even people with abdominal muscles that look pretty flat. A certain amount of fat is normal and necessary for our bodies to function properly, but having too much abdominal fat can be harmful to your health.

There are different kinds of abdominal fat. One type is subcutaneous fat, which is the fat just under your skin (that you can pinch), and the other is visceral fat, which is deeper and surrounds your organs.

Subcutaneous fat acts as a cushion to protect your muscles and bones and helps regulate your body temperature. Having too much fat might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but this fat is less harmful than visceral fat.

Visceral fat accumulates deeper in your abdomen and can wrap around your internal organs, making it dangerous because it affects their function and can create serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Unlike subcutaneous fat, you can’t see or feel visceral fat, but you should be aware that you may have too much, and it can take a toll on your health.

How Do I Know If I Have Too Much Fat Or If I Am Bloated?

Knowing if you have too much visceral fat can be tricky because you cannot see this kind of fat. The rule of thumb is to measure your midsection, and if you are a woman and you measure over 35” around the waist, or a man with a waist over 40”, you have too much of the dangerous type of fat.

Measuring your waist is not a perfect way to identify the presence of visceral fat, but it can give you a quick idea if you need to make some changes to eliminate it. You need to ensure when you take your measurements that you are not bloated to ensure you’re not dealing with abdominal distension vs. fat.

You can tell when your abdomen is distended because it will be noticeably larger than normal and you will feel bloated, as if you have trapped gas or digestive issues going on. Medical professionals use one of five categories to classify the underlying cause of abdominal distention, including:

  • fetus;
  • flatus;
  • fluid;
  • feces;
  • fat.

If you’re pregnant, have trapped gas, are retaining fluid like a woman might during her menstrual cycle, or are dealing with severe constipation, your waist measurements may not be accurate.

Where Does Bad Abdominal Fat Come From?

Visceral fat can begin to build up in your abdomen for a few reasons, including:

  • You do not participate in enough physical activity, as staying active helps keep fat levels in check;
  • You consume foods rich in trans fats and refined sugars, such as junk food and sugary snacks. These unhealthy choices should be replaced with whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins;
  • Unmanaged stress can also lead to visceral fat buildup because it releases cortisol, a hormone that triggers the body to store fat;
  • Genetics can make some people more prone to storing this dangerous type of fat.

How To Lose Abdominal Fat

Invasive Methods

When diet and exercise did not work, abdominal fat removal required surgical interventions such as bariatric surgery, a tummy tuck, or liposuction. While these are still viable options and sometimes necessary, there are some less invasive ways to get rid of problem accumulations of fat.

Traditional Methods

Losing abdominal fat involves using strategies that work on getting rid of both subcutaneous and visceral fat. Both types of fat can usually be dealt with through a combination of diet and exercise. Thankfully, visceral fat is usually responsive to these types of lifestyle changes and is typically the first fat to diminish when you start eating healthier and participating in regular physical activity.

Non-Invasive Methods

Cosmetic procedures like liposuction or certain non-invasive treatments, such as Evolve, can eliminate subcutaneous fat and make your abdomen look slimmer, but there is no cosmetic treatment that can target and eliminate visceral fat.

Professional Help & Non-Surgical Weight Loss Tools

Losing weight can be very challenging because there can be many things working against your best efforts. Many people have underlying conditions that make it impossible for them to create the calorie deficit necessary to successfully lose weight. Working with a professional like Dr. Steven Batash can provide you with the tools and help you need to break through these challenges. Non-surgical weight loss procedures and prescription weight loss injections can help make your efforts go further. When combined with permanent healthy lifestyle choices, these treatments can make it easier for you to lose weight and keep it off.

Dr. Batash can place a temporary gastric balloon in your stomach that can stay there for six months to help you with portion control. It will take up a significant amount of room in your stomach, which not only will cause you to eat less but will also give you a feeling of fullness that lasts throughout the day, so you won’t feel hungry as often. He can also make your stomach 75% smaller by stitching it together from the inside using a non-surgical procedure called Suture Sculpt endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. Both of these procedures are outpatient, meaning you don’t have to stay in the hospital, and they have super-quick recovery times.

Medications

Prescription weight loss injections can help control your appetite, boost the speed and efficacy of your metabolism, and make it easier for you to follow your weight loss plan. These medications are usually administered through a weekly injection and can be used along with a gastric balloon or Suture Sculpt ESG to maximize your results.

Take Action Now

If you have fat accumulated in the abdominal area, you may have a buildup of visceral fat that is affecting your metabolic health and putting you at risk for other serious medical conditions. For these reasons, you should concentrate on eliminating fat from this area as soon as possible.

You will need a plan that you can stick with that considers all your circumstances so it will deliver the results you need. Lowering your stress levels, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and making healthier lifestyle decisions will go a long way in helping you with reducing abdominal fat, losing weight, and lowering your risk for serious metabolic health conditions.

Working with the professionals at Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center can take the guesswork out of creating the best plan to accomplish your goals. They understand how complex obesity can be, and they can help you break through the challenges that will come up during your weight loss journey. Set up a consultation with them today to learn about your options for non-surgical weight loss help. They will create a plan that will help you eliminate visceral and subcutaneous fat and help you become healthier, looking and feeling your best.

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