Stubborn, Stubborn Fat

For those stubborn, stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away, did you know you could laser some of it away, without having surgery.

Summer is fast approaching and springtime means that many of us are attempting to shed unwanted pounds in an effort to fit the clothes that have been hiding in the back of the closet all winter.

We have ramped up our gym routine, sped by those fast food places and started our green smoothie breakfast routine…yet again.

If you’re like me, you have lost a little weight but not enough inches and certainly not enough of that stubborn fat in your midsection.

This abdominal fat is doing more than just causing you to choose a one piece swimsuit over a bikini. Increased abdominal fat is also dangerous to your health. In fact, studies show that people with increased abdominal fat, have increased risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

So then what should I do to lose this fat? Great question. Here are four things you can do to reduce your abdominal fat.

  1. Cardio exercise is your friend. In order to burn any fat, you have to do cardio consistently and with at least moderate intensity. If you are able to also mix in some high-intensity activity like running you can burn fat and it will give you cardiovascular benefits as well. The recommended amount of cardio is five days a week for at least 30 minutes of continuous activity. Talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
  2. Choose your diet wisely. Eat the proper amount of calories for your age, weight and gender. Decrease the amount of processed foods you eat as well as the amount of carbohydrates. Increasing the amount of  lean protein in your diet will aid in fat loss as well as overall weight loss by helping you curb your cravings and feel fuller.  Beverages like green tea and foods full of antioxidants are great for helping decrease your appetite and also help in decreasing abdominal fat.
  3. Cut down on your alcohol and sodium content. Calories from alcohol have no nutritional value and are prone to increasing your appetite. Consider limiting you alcohol intake to one drink per day if at all. Additionally, too much sodium leads to water retention and bloating. Avoid foods high in sodium content such as fast foods and canned goods and try not to add salt to already prepared food.
  4. Calm yourself. Decreases your level of stress and appropriately manage your stress. When you’re body is stressed, you produce hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause your body to produce less insulin and you have excess sugar in the body which is not only a precursor to diabetes, but those excess sugars when stored become fat. Additionally, when you are stressed, it is more difficult for you to lose weight.
  5. Change your sleeping habits. Studies show that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to be obese and are at risk for heart disease. Lack of sleep often leads to overeating, carbohydrate craving. It also causes some of your body’s stress hormones to increase, reducing your ability to lose weight.

And for those stubborn, stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away, did you know you could laser some of it away without having surgery.  SculpSure is the world’s first light-based body contouring system for the reduction of stubborn fat that seems resistant to diet and exercise. SculpSure helps you to achieve a slimmer appearance in just 25 minutes without surgery or downtime. SculpSure’s innovative technology permanently destroys treated fat cells in problem areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Results can be seen in as quickly as 6 weeks, with optimal results usually seen in 12 weeks.

You can find Dr. Lisa Ashe at her practice located in Alexandria, VA by calling 571-970-6583 or visit Be Well Medical Group online at: BeWellMedicine.com

Lisa Ashe
Dr. Lisa Ashe is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician and founder of Be Well Medical Group (Be Well). Be Well provides concierge medical services to patients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan areas. With a primary focus on patient care and satisfaction, Be Well is a high touch membership practice that truly addresses the concerns of every patient by offering the convenience of same day and next day appointments at the patient’s desired location or her practice in Alexandria, VA. Dr. Ashe launched Be Well based on years of experience as a traveling physician and her observations in multiple clinical environments. She noticed that in the current healthcare climate, many of the critical needs of patients are not being addressed due to limitations imposed by physicians or insurance providers. Dr. Ashe completed her medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Thereafter, she completed her internship at Georgetown University and her residency at George Washington University and Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is a member of American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and American College of Physicians. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at the Virginia Union University Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology.