What causes excess fat?
There can be many reasons for excess fat. Stress is a major one since cortisol and adrenaline hormones fill the body with energy during periods of stress and in the process fuel your appetite and cravings for fat-rich foods. As a result of feeding these cravings, fat deposition is often seen more in the belly, since it’s close to the liver and therefore readily available to convert into energy.
Genetics can play a role in determining where you gain weight – generally speaking, we tend to inherit the same pattern of fat storage as our relatives. What’s more, as we age, our metabolism begins to slow, meaning it becomes easier to gain weight. When women reach the menopause, the decline in oestrogen can sometimes lead to excess belly fat where there wasn’t any before.
However, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most common cause of excess fat is poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. By not burning off the calories we ingest over a sustained period, we gain weight, and in doing so, put our general health at risk.
Treatments for Excess Fat
We would always suggest a healthy diet and exercise to anyone that has excess fat. However, if you are close to your target weight or have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t shift no matter what you do then we have a couple of treatments to help.
CoolSculpting Elite – CoolSculpting is the world-leading fat-freezing treatment. It is FDA approved meaning it has been clinically proven to be both safe and effective during stringent, independent studies. CoolSculpting reduces the temperature of fat cells in the treatment area to 4 degrees. This triggers fat cell death so the fat cell is then metabolised by your body, making it the perfect treatment for those unable to shift those last stubborn pockets of fat from their body.