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Pot Belly Stomach

We’ve all heard the term Pot Belly, but what does this actually mean? Sometimes the stomach area can be protruding which is either firm or squidgy to the touch. 

Pot Bellies and Visceral Fat

When a protruding stomach (Pot Belly) is harder to the touch, this is usually because of a buildup of visceral fat. Visceral fat is the fat that is stored in the abdominal cavity, and surrounds the vital organs such as: liver, pancreas and intestines. This sort of fat is known as active fat, because it can play a role in affecting how our hormones function. Increased levels of visceral fat can also be associated with an increased risk of some conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise, a great diet and limited alcohol consumption can all help to reduce visceral fat. 

Pot Belly and Subcutaneous Fat

If on the other hand the Pot Belly is soft to the touch, pinchable and jiggly, this is more likely to be due to a buildup of subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is fat that is stored close to the skin’s surface. This kind of fat is much easier to see than visceral fat, as it is the same as the fat that is found on our arms, legs and buttocks – it is however, more difficult to lose. It is important for men to remain active as lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and alcohol consumption levels will play a role in how much belly fat we accumulate, as well as genetics. As men age, a drop in testosterone levels can cause them to lose muscle mass and take on a softer, rounder shape. 

Surgical Treatment for a Pot Belly

When a pot-belly shape is likely to be the result of subcutaneous, or stubborn fat, surgical techniques can help to improve the concern. Liposuction can remove fatty deposits in small amounts, though a device that moves around under the skin and sucks out the fat. Abdominoplasty can also work to remove excess fat, but can also be used to tighten the skin and muscles.

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