It’s about time that everyone take belly fat seriously. Apart from looking unpleasant, several studies suggest that the more belly fat you have, the greater your likelihood of developing chronic medical conditions. This study, for example, found out that excess visceral abdominal tissue is linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Continue reading for an in-depth look of belly fat and how our Houston body contouring procedures could help you lead a healthier life. Subcutaneous vs. Visceral Fat Belly fat can be classified as either subcutaneous or visceral. The former stays in between the skin and the abdominal wall and this is where the calories from your extra cups of rice or slices of bread tend to accumulate. The subcutaneous fat is that “pinchable” part in your belly fat. On the other hand, your visceral fat is situated deeper than your subcutaneous fat. This kind of fat tends to wrap around your abdominal organs such as your liver and stomach. Fat of the visceral kind is more dangerous than abdominal fat because it could negatively affect the function of the organs affected — from increasing inflammatory responses to reducing oxygen supply. This study links visceral adiposity with coronary artery disease and Type 2 diabetes. Effective Ways to Battle the Bulge Fortunately, both subcutaneous and visceral fat are known to decrease and gradually disappear with the following: 1. Exercise. We’re not just talking about core strengthening exercises such as crunches and planks. Belly fat will most likely go away if you combine crunches and planks with high-intensity exercises such as sprinting. Not convinced yet? Check out this study. It shows the positive effects of high intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) intervention on total body, abdominal, trunk, visceral fat mass, and fat free mass of young overweight males. 2. Complement physical activity with a diet low in trans fat and carbohydrates. Apart from reading labels carefully, consider eating from whole food sources which contain good fats and complex carbohydrates. 3. Keep calm and catch plenty of sleep. The cortisol hormone, released in times of stress, is largely linked to abdominal weight gain. 4. Even the strictest of diet and exercise regimens are sometimes not enough to eliminate fatty tissues stored in the body. Our Houston body contouring procedures are designed to safely provide you with a healthy and naturally proportional body. For more information in trimming belly fat in Houston, fill out out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together, we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you the highest quality care.