Can Belly Fat Be Targeted?

Amaris B.

Updated on

August 16, 2021

One of our body's common (some would say problematic) areas is where stubborn fat resides in the belly. Before we dive into what we can do to reduce belly fat, let's first understand what it is.

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Belly fat is made up of subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat lies in a layer just beneath the skin, while visceral fat lies beyond the abdominal wall and surrounds the organs like the liver, kidneys and pancreas. Although visceral fat is usually found in lower amounts than subcutaneous fat, they pose potentially serious health issues such as diabetes and hypertensive heart disease, which are detrimental in many ways.

Blasting belly fat

When it comes to fat, some are metabolically more active than others, meaning that they may actually respond better and quicker to exercise and its effects.

What you can do

Start with what you eat. Reduce or eliminate items such as sugary drinks, including juices, as these are high in sugar.. Drink more water and learn to make healthier food choices when it comes to your regular meals. A Mediterranean diet may help as it consists mostly of monounsaturated fatty acids like fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Additionally, eating Greek yoghurt may also help in reducing belly fat. Although Greek yogurt has more calories in a typical serving, it contains fewer carbs and less sugar, but more protein. But as with all diets – moderation is key.

Calorie in, calorie out! Regular workout compliments a healthy eating habit to help reduce belly fat. Take note that nutritional value is far more valuable to your health than just monitoring calories intake. Would you rather eat 4 nuggets at 170 calories or a plate of healthy baked salmon and vegetables at 296 calories?

Stress is a six-letter bad word, and sleep is a five-letter good word! Besides having an impact on your overall well-being, it can also contribute to belly fat so remember to take some time off for a walk or do something equally relaxing. Also, sleep well. Research has shown a link between sleep deprivation and negative metabolism changes.  

Fat is not all bad. It helps absorb Vitamins A, D and E as these vitamins are fat-soluble - meaning that they can only be absorbed with the aid of fat. Excessive fat, however, can bring about issues and complicated ones even. So it's always better to be mindful of what you eat and how much you eat alongside ensuring that you're upkeeping a healthy, active lifestyle.

Surgical Intervention Exercise and diet, unfortunately, may not be the all-encompassing solution in some situations. For people who suffer from stubborn excess fat issues, surgical intervention in the form of liposuction could be the answer. This is only if the individual is deemed to be suitable for such a procedure.

Finding a liposuction doctor in Singapore

The golden rule is never to rush when seeking liposuction help. It is not only about your appearance because, more importantly, but it is also about your safety and well-being. A truly experienced and qualified doctor understands this very well. Additionally, liposuction and body sculpting procedures are akin to an art project. An experienced doctor with an aesthetic sense can visualise and deliver the desired outcome. This is the approach that Dr. Ivan Puah, founder of Amaris B. Clinic uses to help patients achieve their body aspirations.

Dr. Ivan Puah believes that body sculpting is 70% art and 30% science. It takes meticulousness and requires a sense of the aesthetic, on a doctor's part, to deliver desired and ideal results. His years of experience combined with the available technology has enabled him to sculpt a more natural-looking physique for patients.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Health is strict in its regulations when it comes to liposuction procedures. Licenses are issued based on strict criteria, and only a certified, recognised and accredited doctor is permitted such procedures.

In looking for a VASER® Lipo doctor, it is essential to find someone who is qualified and has several years of experience with regular practice of the procedure. You can also gauge if you like a doctor’s aesthetic sense from viewing the "before" and "after" photos of his past patients.

Never opt for a procedure just because it is cheap. Always remember that your personal safety and well-being is as important as the results that you desire. An experienced doctor who is well-versed in a procedure, upon accessing a patient's medical history and condition, can recommend the most suitable treatment and explain it in such a way that it is easily understood. He is also able to address and alleviate concerns a patient may have.

Dr. Ivan Puah has more than 15 years of clinical experience in VASER® Lipo and is certified in the procedure. His knowledge and experience led him to develop the MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo technique, a unique body sculpting technique which facilitates thorough removal of fat and achieve precise body sculpting of the treated area at the same time.

Dr. Ivan Puah is accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction. He received his VASER® Body Sculpting training in Colorado and Argentina. He has also undergone training in syringe liposculpture under renowned French plastic surgeon Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier. Dr. Ivan Puah is the Chairman of the Lipo Peer Review Group in Singapore.

Amaris B. Clinic has, over the years, seen and tended to many patients in regards to their concerns and aspirations. The team of experienced personnel led by Dr. Ivan Puah always places a patient's needs, safety and well-being as a main priority. This has enabled them to gain the trust of many. The clinic has received a notable amount of recognition as well and these include:

  • 2019 Body Sculpting Provider of the Year in Asia-Pacific
  • 2020 Body Sculpting Medical Center of the Year in Asia Pacific
  • 2020 Integrated Healthcare Medical Centre of the Year in APAC" by GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific

These continue to serve as an encouragement to provide a standard of service that goes above and beyond.