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Little-Known Habits That Shrink Your "Belly Fat"

Four uncommon ways to get rid of belly fat. 
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

An expanding waistline might not seem like a big deal, but it is because it could indicate you have a deadly fat inside you called visceral fat that's been linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and more. Visceral fat is hidden deep in your abdomen and it wraps around your vital organs. You can't see or feel it, but one indication you have it is by excess belly fat. So by getting rid of belly fat, you can lose visceral fat. A balanced diet and exercising at least 150 minutes a week per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines is the most effective way. But according to Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies there are other unconventional ways to consider. "Belly fat can be a stubborn and pesky problem. Although many methods are advertised for getting rid of it, not all are effective. It is important to note that none of these methods substitute for healthy living with proper diet and exercise.  Here are four uncommon methods for banishing belly fat." Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Why Belly Fat is Unhealthy


Dr. Mitchell says, "Belly fat can be troublesome for several reasons. First and foremost, it can indicate poor health. Excess fat around the waistline is linked to higher heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Additionally, carrying extra weight in the belly can make it difficult to wear certain types of clothing. For example, tight-fitting jeans or a form-fitting dress can be uncomfortable and even painful when there's too much belly bulge. And let's be honest: having a little extra weight around the middle doesn't do much for one's self-esteem. Fortunately, there are several ways to lose belly fat and improve one's health. A combination of diet and exercise is usually the best approach, but certain supplements can help. People can improve their health and feel better about themselves by taking action to lose belly fat."


Cold Therapy

Nutritionist inspecting a woman's waist using a measuring tape to prescribe a weight loss diet

Dr. Mitchell tells us, "Sustained cold therapy (cryotherapy) over prolonged periods might be an effective method to eliminate body fat. Applying ice to the area can help to decrease inflammation and reduce the size of fat cells. However, one must be aware of some risks, such as tingling, numbness, and skin irritation.  This cold therapy, or cryolipolysis, is the idea behind the popular fat trimming, non-surgical procedure, CoolSculpting."


Dry Brushing

woman looking at cellulite on leg in bathroom

Dr. Mitchell states, "Cellulite is a common cosmetic concern, especially for women. Fat deposits push against the connective tissue under the skin, causing the skin to dimple. While there is no sure-fire way to get rid of cellulite, some treatments can help reduce its appearance. Dry brushing is one such treatment. The act of dry brushing involves using a soft-bristled brush to massage the skin in a circular motion. This helps to break down cellulite and promote circulation. As a result, dry brushing can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily. However, it should be noted that dry brushing will not permanently remove cellulite or lead to weight loss. Instead, it should be considered part of a comprehensive cellulite-reduction plan that includes diet and exercise."


Body Rolling

Young woman suffers, writhes in abdominal pain lying on couch in living room at home interior

Dr. Mitchell explains, "Body rolling is a type of self-massage that uses a foam roller or tennis ball to alleviate muscle pain and tension. Athletes often use it to prevent injuries and improve flexibility. However, body rolling can also benefit those who suffer from bloating and stomach pain. The roller's pressure can help break up adhesions and knots in the muscles, which can lead to reduced pain and discomfort. In addition, body rolling can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. As a result, it can be an effective way to reduce bloating and stomach pain. Although body rolling will not directly remove fat, it can help slim the stomach area's appearance by lowering bloatedness and improving muscle tone."




"Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that uses suction cups to promote blood flow and break up stagnation," Dr. Mitchell says. "The suction cups are placed on the skin, and the therapist may use massage or acupuncture needles to stimulate the area. Cupping is said to help with various ailments, including pain, inflammation, and digestive issues. In recent years, cupping has gained popularity in reducing belly fat. The suction cups are placed on the stomach, and the therapist may use massage or acupuncture needles to stimulate the area. Cupping is said to help break up stagnation and promote blood flow, which can help to reduce belly fat. Cupping is a safe and effective therapy that can be used to help improve overall health and well-being."

Dr. Mitchell says this "doesn't constitute medical advice and by no means are these answers meant to be comprehensive. Rather, it's to encourage discussions about health choices."

Heather Newgen
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