In General

Persistent under belly fat is otherwise popular as lower belly fat which has a number of causes of ageing, gender, lifestyle and diet. The lower belly fat consists of two kinds of fat- visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. The visceral fat layer lies deep inside the abdominal area which is packed around with internal organs. It pushes out the subcutaneous layer of the fat which is just under the skin around the torso, hips, thigh and arms.

However, visceral fat is even more dangerous as it secretes certain hormones and compounds that increase the risk of rising diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. This visceral fat expands outwards and then the subcutaneous fat sometimes drops into the lower region of the belly.

Persistent Under Belly Fat

Most of the people have trouble in losing this underbelly fat. Even maintaining a diet, performing exercises, etc. are most of the time not enough to get rid of the excess fat from the abdominal area.

People who have undergone strict diets may have noticed that certain areas of the body like chest, arms and face tighten up quickly. Whereas other areas like belly, hip and thighs may not undergo the same changes. The primary reason is that fat contains two types of receptors that have opposite functions, these are alpha and beta receptors. The alpha receptor hinders lipolysis and the beta receptor triggers it.

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Thus, fats with a higher content of beta receptor can easily break down whereas those with greater alpha receptors do not break down easily. This is why when many people begin with a fat loss regime then the immediate results are found in certain specific parts of the body like chest, arms, face rather than on stomach, hips and thigh since these areas are very resistant to mobilization.

Ways to Reduce Lower Belly Fat

Reduce the intake of calorie- It is said that by lowering the intake of calories, the belly fat may be reduced. Now taking foods with fewer calories means avoiding junk foods and consuming more food with high fibre as that can help to keep the metabolism level high.

Stress- Stress can cause an intense effect on the body and may also encourage the body to store excess fat in the lower abdomen. It can get even worse with a bad diet. So to keep the cortisol level stable some low index foods like chickpeas and beans must be chosen over junk foods.

Green tea- Green tea is an excellent beverage that can reduce the lower belly. It has compounds called catechin which boosts the metabolism. Several studies have concluded that two cups of green tea a day can help lose a lot of visceral fats.

Interval training– This basically consists of alternative training of the high and low-level cardio which helps to burn more calories.

Diet- The best way to reduce lower belly fat is by following a proper diet. A proper diet means a balanced one which includes fruits, vegetables, and grains. The intake of sodium must be reduced to minimize the retention of water. Reducing the consumption of excess sugar can be the main cause to lower the belly fat content. The excess sugar raises the insulin level in the body by storing energy in the fat cells.

Reducing belly fat with cosmetic procedures:

Burning fat actually means lipolysis and oxidation. Lipolysis is such a fat reducing procedure where the fat cells release molecules of stored energy into the blood and oxidation is the process where the cells utilise those fatty acids. Liposuction is the recent fat reduction procedure that has undergone several developments and gave rise to another least invasive procedure known as laser liposuction.

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Laser lipolysis uses heat in the form of fibre optic lasers of various wavelengths to melt the fat present in the body. The additional benefits of laser lipolysis are that it can effectively tighten the skin by encouraging the production of collagen. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia or sometimes under general anaesthesia depending on the amount of fat to be removed from the body. The surgeon then makes tiny incisions on the treatment site and then inserts laser probes into it. The laser will help to loosen the fat making the fat removal procedure easier.

Since the procedure is a least invasive procedure so the downtime involved is also minimum. People may experience some pain or discomfort which can be managed with medication. They can resume normal activities within a day or two but cannot start exercising unless recovered completely.  Some part of the results may be visible immediately but the final results can be seen within three months.

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