Obesity is an epidemic in the United States with over 35% of adults and over 15% of children and teens suffering from it according to the CDC. The term isn’t something you can just throw around at people who seem to carry excessive weight. Obesity is classified into several grades according to a person’s body mass index (BMI).

You can calculate your BMI without any medical assistance at home if you know your weight and height. Simply divide your weight (kgs) by your height squared. Here’s the equation for you: kg/m2.

If you weigh 80kgs and your height is 175cm your BMI equation will look like this: 801.752 which equals approximately 26. So what does a BMI of 26 mean? Here are the different BMI ranges and what they translate to:

So basically you’re only considered obese if your BMI is over 30.

Causes of Obesity and Weight Gain

Your diet and how much/often you exercise are the two main determinants of your weight. You’re not doing your body any favors by eating fast food and having lots of fat, calories, and junk food in your meals. This is made even worse by a lack of exercise.

It’s not necessary to cut out all the food you love from your diet, just eat it in small amounts and make sure you burn off those extra calories by exercising. Eating poorly and having a sedentary lifestyle will surely result in weight gain.

Other factors include genetics and a lack of sleep. By not sleeping enough your brain produces hunger hormones that drive you to eat thereby increasing your appetite.

Pregnant women naturally gain between 9-14kgs most of which is lost after delivery. Some women, however, have difficulty losing that weight especially if they gained weight in excess of the normal 9-14kgs.

Your weight gain could be pathological due to an underlying disease such as Cushing’s disease or hypothyroidism. If you suffer from these conditions you’ll often have lots more to complain about physically than just weight gain and you should visit a doctor.

What is Stubborn Fat?

This is a kind of fat in our bodies that is so adequately named because it simply refuses to go away. When we decide to lose weight we might do everything that’s asked of us. We eat right, exercise several times a week, and get enough sleep. Somehow there’s fat in certain areas of our body that refuses to go away.

You’ll often find stubborn fat around your hips, butt, thighs, and as love handles. These are all storage sites for subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat which accumulates around organs such as the liver is much easier to burn and eliminate. So why is it that there are places in our bodies where burning fat is much easier than the rest?

Let’s first take a look at what our body does during periods of stress where it needs more energy and fuel. As you start exercising your blood glucose levels start to drop since they’re being consumed by your muscles. Your body will then release adrenaline and noradrenaline which as we all know are part of our stress hormones.

These hormones can act on two different receptors: alpha receptors and beta receptors. When they bind beta receptors on stored fat inside your body your body will begin to break down that fat and release it into the blood so your body can take advantage of it as fuel.

Stubborn fat is different because it has more alpha receptors than beta. Alpha receptors are less receptive to these changes and are less likely to result in breaking down of fat and its release into the blood.

There are factors that increase your likelihood if developing stubborn fat and all have to do with alteration in your metabolism. These include aging, sleep deprivation, too much stress, and low levels of thyroid hormones.

Other Complications of Obesity

Obesity isn’t just about how you look. Your entire body and all your organs can suffer greatly from obesity.

Excess weight is one of the major causes of ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension will definitely aggravate the ischemic heart disease and also increase a person’s risk of having a stroke.

Cancers can also be caused by obesity. Obesity is an important risk factor, particularly in breast, endometrial, and colon cancers.

Gallstones, liver disease, high cholesterol are all predisposed to by excess weight as well. Some people develop sleep apnea because their airways become obstructed as they sleep. There’s also the added risk of arthritis as a person’s knee joints become incapable of handling all the extra weight.

Weight Loss

Treating weight loss isn’t complicated unless you’re suffering from high grades of obesity and comorbidities. As we all know the most important ways to lose weight have to do with what we eat and how often we exercise.

Cut back on fast food and fatty food. Work out 3 or more times a week for over 30 minutes per workout. These techniques will help you get rid of the excess weight and also alleviate your mood through the release of exercise endorphins.

Alternatively, if these don’t work your doctor might prescribe weight loss medications or even advocate weight loss surgery such as gastric banding or gastric bypass. You’ll need to discuss these options with your doctor in order to fully understand their benefits and hazards.

Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat

Your best bet for getting rid of stubborn fat over your hips and waist is to ask your doctor for Trusculpt 3D. The device uses radiofrequency technology in order to heat and dissolve subcutaneous fat and eliminate it permanently.

This is completely non-invasive and is done from the outside using a probe. Once the fat dissolves your body will then eliminate it. Your skin will feel warm during the sessions, but won’t get too hot that it becomes uncomfortable.

A session lasts about 15 minutes per treatment area and will result in nearly 25% fat reduction. You’ll see some results immediately with the full effect taking place within 12 weeks. There’s also no downtime since you’ll be able to resume your daily activities normally although some skin tenderness may persist for a day or two.

Trusculpt 3D is pain-free, requires no anesthesia, has no downtime, and shows fast and reliable results when it comes to getting rid of stubborn fat.

To learn more about truSculpt 3D, please call our office today to schedule a consultation at (703)854-1298.

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