Postnatal Stubborn Abdominal Fat

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Abdominal fat, also known as a beer belly or belly fat, is an excess layer of fat around the stomach. Stubborn fat can be difficult to lose, even with exercise and a healthy diet.

Getting rid of specific fat in the body is challenging because of receptors that protect the fat, compared to those that make fat more accessible. In the abdomen, fat cells tend to have more of these receptors, which is why they are more stubborn and difficult to burn off.

Belly fat consists of subcutaneous fat, the layer that sits directly below the skin, as well as visceral fat, a deeper layer that surrounds your internal organs.

While having excess subcutaneous fat is normally a cosmetic concern, visceral fat is more harmful to health. In fact, having too much visceral fat is known to lead to serious health problems. A recent study by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also found that Asians with an excess amount of visceral fat have poorer cognitive performance. 

abdominal fat
Abdominal fat comprises subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

What are the risks of stubborn abdominal fat?

Stubborn abdominal fat, especially visceral fat, can lead to dangerous health issues such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Respiratory illness
  • Obesity

Despite their best efforts in eating a healthy diet and incorporating exercise, many people find that stubborn abdominal fat is the most difficult to eliminate. Non-invasive fat removal through surgery, injections, cryotherapy, and other methods offers a permanent solution to removing belly fat that will not budge.

stubborn abdominal fat
Stubborn abdominal fat can be difficult to get rid of, despite regular exercise and diet.

What causes stubborn abdominal fat?

There are several factors that lead to stubborn abdominal fat.

Indirect and direct causes of excess fat buildup in the stomach include:

  • Poor diet: a high-calorie diet that lacks nutrition can lead to excess visceral fat in the body. This includes sugary drinks, fatty processed foods, baked goods, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and fried foods. 
  • Stress and lack of sleep: not getting enough sleep has been linked to a larger waistline, as well as poor management of stress. 
  • Lack of regular exercise: not getting enough cardiovascular exercise, such as running and walking, along with strength exercises, such as yoga and weightlifting, can lead to the development of stubborn fat in the belly.
  • Medical conditions: certain hormonal and medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), menopause, and insulin resistance can cause belly fat, and make it more difficult for people with these conditions to get rid of it naturally. 
  • Age: as we get older, the body deposits more excess fat around the organs compared to under the skin. This is why it is more difficult to lose fat in our later years and easier to pack on the kilos. We also lose muscle mass, which makes excess fat more noticeable. 

What are the symptoms of stubborn abdominal fat?

The symptoms of stubborn abdominal fat are:

  • An excess layer of fat around the stomach that does not go away after regular exercise and dietary changes.
  • A waist circumference of 80 cm or higher for women, 90 cm or higher for men.

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, make an appointment with Artisan Wellness for an accurate diagnosis and bespoke treatment plan.

belly fat
Belly fat is linked to a number of serious health concerns, as visceral fat surrounds the internal organs.

Is stubborn abdominal fat painful?

Having stubborn abdominal fat itself is not painful. However, it can lead to several chronic diseases that cause painful and unpleasant side effects, such as heart disease and diabetes.

It is also a cosmetic concern for many that can lead to poor self-confidence. It can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. 

Who is at risk of stubborn abdominal fat in Singapore?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is an alarming trend in the increase of overweight and obese individuals in Southeast Asia over the last 10-15 years. Therefore, those who live in this region are at risk of being overweight or developing abdominal fat and should be more mindful of their diets and exercise routine. 

In Singapore, anyone who consumes a diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, processed foods, sugar, and fried foods while being low in monounsaturated fats, fruits, and vegetables, may be at risk of stubborn abdominal fat. Those who are obese or have certain conditions such as PCOS or insulin resistance are also at risk.

How is stubborn abdominal fat diagnosed?

Stubborn abdominal fat is easily diagnosed through a visual examination by a healthcare professional, who can also measure your waist circumference or help you calculate your body mass index (BMI).

Visceral fat can be confirmed through imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), although it is usually not required.

Poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to the development of stubborn belly fat, especially for those with certain medical conditions.

What are the treatment options for stubborn abdominal fat in Singapore?

Treatment options for stubborn abdominal fat in Singapore are various, from cryotherapy to ultrasound technology to liposuction. 

At Artisan Wellness, we offer the following non-invasive treatment methods for stubborn fat:

  • CFU Èlife: CFU Èlife is a treatment that uses focused ultrasound technology which can be safely applied to a variety of body parts, including the arms, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and knees. This method damages fat cells, allowing the lymphatic drainage and vascular system to disperse their contents through the body.
  • StimSure®: StimSure®, a non-invasive muscle-building and toning technology from Cynosure, this body sculpting treatment combines TempSure skin tightening treatments with SculpSure technology for fat destruction. The result is a smaller waistline, tighter skin, and toned muscles.
  • SculpSure: SculpSure is a non-invasive method that uses lasers to reduce a significant amount of stubborn fat in the stomach. It utilises lipolysis to target and permanently kill fat cells.

Make an appointment with Artisan Wellness today to explore treatment options for stubborn abdominal fat today. 

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