Has your waistline expanded since the pandemic began? Don’t worry, you are not alone. A lifestyle that confines you with limited movement inside the four walls of the house is bound to add inches to your belly. Routines have been disrupted, tensions have risen, and with new forms of the virus emerging at regular intervals, it is unclear when things will return to normal. The change in weight has come for good reason, as people’s diets, activity levels, sleep habits and daily routines have been turned upside down in this past year.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for quality of life and well-being. If you are overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and some cancers. Obesity is also linked to mental health issues like anxiety, depression etc. Keeping your weight under control will help you stay fit and strong and will also have a positive effect on your health and happiness.
Make some lifestyle changes to help reverse the scale and feel better.
Belly fat refers to the fat around the abdomen. There are two types of belly fat:
- Visceral: This fat surrounds the organs of a person.
- Subcutaneous: This is the fat that sits under the skin.
The health complications from visceral fat are more harmful than from having subcutaneous fat. Excess belly fat can increase your risk of:
- heart disease
- heart attack
- high blood pressure
- the strokes
- diabetes type 2
- Breast Cancer
- colon cancer
7 reasons to gain belly fat
- Improper diet: Low protein, high carb, high fat diets affect fat metabolism. Protein helps a person feel full for longer, and people who do not include lean protein in their diet may end up eating more food overall. Transfats occur in many foods, such as fast food, biscuits, and other bakery foods (such as crackers, muffins, etc.).
- Lack of exercise: An inactive lifestyle is a major contributor to excess fat around the belly. Consuming more calories than you burn will definitely add to the weight.
- Consumption of more alcohol: By drinking more alcohol, men tend to gain weight around the abdomen.
- Stress: Cortisol – a steroid hormone released when a person is under stress and affects the metabolism of the body. In times of stress, people tend to eat more food for comfort. Cortisol causes the accumulation of those extra calories around the belly.
- Genetics: Pieces of evidence suggest that genes contribute to the tendency to obesity.
- Poor sleep: Short sleep or short duration of sleep is linked to increased food intake, leading to unhealthy eating behaviors – often called emotional eating, which contribute to increased belly fat. People who work night shifts have an opposite biological clock, most of them have disturbances in sleep patterns that may play a role in the development of belly fat.
- Smoking: Smoking is also an indirect cause of belly fat. Smokers tend to have more abdominal and visceral fat than non-smokers.
Treatments at Clinic Dermatek to reduce belly fat.
Cryosculpting: Cryosculpting is the world leader in non-invasive body contouring technology.
Sculptor: Sculptor offers a unique combination of three techniques including ultrasonic cavitation that works on fat shrinkage. Radiofrequency therapy remodels the body’s skin by collagen remodeling and galvanic and radiofrequency belts—the main purpose of this therapy is to diffuse fluid retention, and to stimulate blood circulation and drainage. It aids in weight loss and overall lightness. The total duration of treatment is 60 minutes.
CD ILPO: CD Eyelipo offers laser lipolysis, a non-invasive fat reduction that melts body fat without ripping your skin.
EM Size: EM Shape is the only non-invasive technique for building muscle and burning fat. It uses HIPEM (high-intensity pulsed electromagnetic) technology to increase muscle thickness and hypertrophy.