A pot belly is, simply, excess belly fat. Generally, fat around the stomach area that’s more than one inch thick will appear as a “pot belly”. Weak stomach muscles, when combined with excess belly fat, usually make a pot belly appear more prominent.
Excess body fat is the result of consuming too many calories, not burning enough calories, or — usually — a combination of the two. Individuals who consume high-fat and high-calorie foods and lead generally sedentary lifestyles are likely to develop excess fat on the body, including around the abdomen, where it may appear as a pot belly. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to storing fat around their midsection. Men are more likely to develop a pot belly, as women tend to store excess fat around the hips and thighs; however, both men and women can develop a pot belly.
The first way to address a pot belly, as with any excess weight, is to address your diet. Restrict or eliminate foods that are high in calories but relatively low in nutrients, such as red meat, high-fat cheese or dairy products, and processed foods and snacks such as potato chips and candy. Opt for a diet that’s higher in fibre-rich foods and whole grains, and choose high-protein, low-fat foods such as fish, eggs, and lean meats such as chicken. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary beverages such as juices and sodas, and alcohol.
In order to lose excess weight, it’s important to burn calories. Belly fat can be stubborn, so a fitness regimen that combines strength-training exercises that target the midsection with cardiovascular activity is recommended. Sit-ups or crunches, Russian twists, planks, and mountain climbers are all exercises that target and engage the core (abdominal) muscles. For cardiovascular activity, running, cycling, or hiking will help get your heart pumping, as will the use of exercise machines such as treadmills and stationary bicycles, or elliptical machines, which offer a great, low-impact workout for those who may have back or knee issues.
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At SpaMedica, there are two procedures used to target the belly fat that makes a pot belly. The first, CoolSculpting, which is non-surgical, starts at $799. Liposuction, which is the surgical option for removing a pot belly, starts at $4,999.
At SpaMedica, we may use one of two procedures to address a patient’s pot belly. The first, CoolSculping, is a non-surgical procedure. During the procedure, an applicator is applied to the abdomen. The device will gently suck the unwanted fat up into a chamber. The temperature within the chamber is then dropped to below freezing. If the duration of the cold temperature exposure is long enough (40-60 minutes), between 22 and 30% of fat cells will permanently be removed.
The second procedure used for removing a pot belly is liposuction. During liposuction, localized fat is removed via gentle aspiration, through small, hidden access ports. Modern liposuction involves the simultaneous liquefaction (melting of the adipose), which leads to a more gentle removal of fat, as well as the contraction of overlying soft tissue. Liposuction is performed under local anaesthesia and, depending on the size of the area being targeted, takes between 1-4 hours.
Used to achieve the contoured and desired look that is sometimes unattainable by diet and exercise.
A non-invasive fat reduction treatment that targets and freezes fat cells to be naturally removed.