Why is Belly Fat so Difficult to Lose?

Aug 07, 2023
Why is Belly Fat so Difficult to Lose?
Diet and exercise made everything melt away, but there’s one part of your body that always seems to hold on to the weight: your belly. Learn why so many people struggle with stubborn belly fat and what you can do to improve your appearance. 

Have you ever wondered why diet and exercise don’t eliminate belly fat as fast as you’d like?

Many complain about stubborn fat pockets. Unfortunately, exercise can’t spot reduce fat. It can only burn calories and build muscle. 

And there’s no dietary plan that gets rid of belly fat. One hypothesis regarding why belly fat usually goes last or is resistant to lifestyle changes is related to belly fat being biologically active. 

Unlike fat in other areas of the body, belly fat is often deposited near organs, and it can cause several changes in the body. This includes the secretion of cytokines and interleukin-6, which are chemicals that increase the risk of inflammation, in turn making it more difficult to lose weight. 

It’s a vicious cycle. Fortunately, new technologies can help you get rid of fat in the abdominal area and not only achieve the defined abdomen you’ve always dreamed of but also improve your health. 

Below, we asked Dr. Andrea Volk, our expert at SafiraMD Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center, to explain what non-invasive technologies she uses to eliminate belly fat in her patients. 

Eliminating belly fat without undergoing an invasive procedure 

Up until recently, eliminating fat bulges on the body was only possible through liposuction, a surgical procedure in which fat tissue is removed by a surgeon. 

However, these days you can remove fat in a non-invasive way by visiting our office during your lunch break. You don’t have to worry about anesthesia, bleeding, or a risk of infection, yet you can expect to see some significant results after a few sessions. 

Dr. Volk uses CoolSculpting®. It’s a non-invasive procedure in which a device is placed over your problem areas to cool down your fat tissues. Fat cells are more sensitive to the cold and break down faster than skin and muscle cells. As a consequence, you can enjoy CoolSculpting without risking damage to the surrounding tissues. 

Non-invasive body contouring results 

It takes a couple of months to see results, as the body needs time to eliminate the dead fat cells. However, since the results aren’t immediate, you won't have to worry about loose skin. The skin has time to bounce back. 

With treatments that use low temperatures to damage fat cells, you can expect a reduction in fat tissue by 20%.

Find out if CoolSculpting is the right solution for you

CoolSculpting sessions can last anywhere between 30 and 50 minutes. Although they’re painless and effective at reducing body fat, ideal candidates are at a stable weight. 

The fat cells damaged by low temperatures don’t return, but weight fluctuations can interfere with results. As a consequence, the treatment works best for people who want to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from specific areas but don’t have a lot of weight to lose overall. 

If you’re wondering whether CoolSculpting is right for you, contact us to schedule an appointment