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Causes and Solutions for Belly Fat

If you’re grappling with excess belly fat, you’re not alone. This type of body fat is more than just a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight; it’s can also be a significant health issue. Belly fat is not just about how you look; it can have serious implications for your overall health. There are two main types: the fat just under your skin, known as subcutaneous fat, and a more sinister type that wraps around your internal organs, called visceral fat. It’s this deeper fat that can be the bigger health worry, even leading to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

In this blog, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna aims to provide you with clear, accessible information on the different kinds of belly fat and the surgical options available to help you deal with it. Many people look for ways to shed this stubborn fat, and while lifestyle changes are the first line of defence, surgery can sometimes be an option when these aren’t enough. Anca will guide you through what you need to know about these medical procedures, giving you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your health.

Understanding Belly Fat

When we talk about belly fat, it’s not just one single entity. There’s the kind that you can pinch between your fingers, known as subcutaneous fat, which sits right under your skin. While it may be bothersome, it’s less of a health concern compared to its counterpart, visceral fat. Visceral fat lies deep within your abdomen, enveloping your internal organs. It’s not visible from the outside, but it’s the kind that can significantly affect your health.

Now, why does belly fat accumulate in the first place? It often comes down to your eating habits, how active you are, and your genes. Eating more calories than you burn, especially when it comes to high-fat and sugary foods, can lead to fat accumulation. A sedentary lifestyle contributes to the problem. And your genes? They play a role too, as they can influence how your body processes fat and where it tends to store it.

It’s essential to understand these differences and causes because it guides how you can effectively target and manage belly fat.

Diagnosing Excess Belly Fat

If you’re worried about belly fat, your GP is a good first point of call. They can assess whether your health might be at risk and if further tests are needed.

During a check-up, your doctor will look at your overall health and measure your waistline. A waist measurement of more than 94 cm for men and 80 cm for women is generally considered a risk factor for health problems. They’ll also check your body mass index (BMI), which calculates weight in relation to height, though it’s not fool proof, especially for muscular builds.

Health Risks Associated with Belly Fat

Carrying excess belly fat isn’t just a concern for fitting into your clothes; it has serious implications for your health.

  • Metabolic Syndrome: This is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Belly fat is often a tell-tale sign of metabolic syndrome and signals the need for lifestyle changes or medical attention
  • Cardiovascular Health: Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, and excess belly fat does it no favours. Visceral fat, in particular, is linked to higher bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower good cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to clogged arteries. Over time, this increases the stress on your heart and can lead to heart disease
  • Diabetes and Belly Fat: Type 2 diabetes is closely linked with being overweight, especially when the weight is carried around the abdomen. Excess belly fat can make your body’s cells resistant to the action of insulin, the hormone that helps turn sugar in your blood into energy. This can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and, eventually, diabetes

If you’re carrying extra weight around your middle, it’s not too late to take steps to reduce it and improve your health. In some cases, when diet and exercise aren’t enough, surgical options could be considered to help reduce belly fat and these associated health risks.

Surgical Interventions to Get Rid of Abdominal Fat

When diet and exercise don’t yield the results you’re after, you might consider surgical options. These procedures should be seen as a last resort and come with their own set of risks and benefits.


Liposuction to get rid of belly fat

This is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove fat from specific areas of the body—belly included. Anca will make a small incision and inserts a tube to suck out fat cells. It’s not a weight-loss solution but rather a way to reshape certain areas. Recovery can take a few weeks, and you might experience bruising and swelling. While effective, it doesn’t remove visceral fat, the type associated with health risks.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This surgical procedure is different from liposuction. It’s aimed at those who have sagging or loose skin, often after significant weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. It’s a more extensive operation with a longer recovery period, but the results are more dramatic, giving a flatter and firmer abdomen.

Bariatric Surgery

When you’re facing serious health risks due to obesity and have struggled to lose weight through conventional methods, bariatric surgery might be an option. This isn’t just about fat removal; it’s about reducing the size of the stomach to limit food intake and promote weight loss. There are several types, including gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. These are major procedures and typically recommended for those with a high BMI and weight-related health conditions.

Each of these surgeries requires a serious commitment to changing your lifestyle to maintain the results. It’s essential to talk to your surgeon about the risks, the potential benefits, and the recovery process to decide if surgery is the right step for you.

Non-Surgical Approaches

Before looking into surgery, it’s wise to consider non-surgical methods to reduce belly fat. These strategies focus on altering your diet, increasing your physical activity, and adjusting your lifestyle.

  • Dietary Changes: To tackle belly fat, it’s not just about eating less but eating right. Focus on a balanced diet rich in whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Cut down on processed foods, especially those high in sugar and saturated fats. Small, consistent changes can lead to a reduction in belly fat over time
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity is key in the fight against belly fat. Aim for a mix of aerobic exercises, like walking, running, or swimming, which help burn calories, and strength training, which builds muscle and can boost your metabolism. Consistency is more important than intensity; even a daily brisk walk can make a difference
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Stress can lead to weight gain, especially around the belly, by triggering the release of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite. Find ways to manage stress, like mindfulness, yoga, or deep-breathing exercises. Getting enough sleep is also vital; aim for 7-9 hours a night. Lastly, consider your alcohol intake, as it can contribute significantly to belly fat

By incorporating these non-surgical approaches into your life, you can make a positive impact on reducing belly fat and improving your overall health. These changes require commitment and consistency, but they are the most sustainable way to fight belly fat and keep it off.

Tips To Reduce Belly Fat

Reducing belly fat can be a straightforward process with the right strategies. Here’s a structured approach to help you tackle it effectively.

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Start by setting achievable targets. Aim to lose weight gradually, at a rate of about half a kilogram a week
  2. Balanced Diet: Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Cut down on sugars and saturated fats, and watch your portion sizes
  3. Regular Exercise: Incorporate a mix of cardio exercises like walking or swimming and strength training into your weekly routine
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It can help control your appetite and boost metabolism
  5. Sleep Well: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Poor sleep can contribute to weight gain, particularly around the belly
  6. Stress Management: Practice stress-relieving activities like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help manage cortisol levels
  7. Check for Medical Causes: Sometimes, belly fat may be due to a medical condition or medication. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon
  8. Monitor Your Progress: Keep track of your diet, exercise, and waistline measurements. Adjust your strategies as needed
  9. Be Patient: Remember that changes won’t happen overnight. Stay committed and focused on your long-term health
  10. Seek Support: Consider joining a group or seeking the help of a dietitian or personal trainer

FAQs about Reducing Belly Fat

FAQs Anca Breahna

Can I target just my belly fat with specific exercises?

  • Spot reduction, or losing fat from a specific area, isn’t effective. While exercises can strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles, overall body fat must be reduced to see changes in belly fat.

How important is diet in reducing belly fat?

  • Diet plays a crucial role. Consuming fewer calories than you burn is essential for fat loss. Emphasise whole foods like vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and limit sugary and high-fat foods.

Does stress really affect belly fat?

  • Yes, stress can impact belly fat. It triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that can increase appetite and drive abdominal fat storage.

How does sleep affect belly fat?

  • Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, including increased belly fat. It can disrupt hormones that regulate appetite and might lead to poor dietary choices.

Is it possible to lose belly fat without surgery?

  • Many people reduce belly fat through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Surgery is generally considered only when these methods have not achieved the desired results and there is a significant health risk.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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