For the 200,000 people who get liposuction every year, it may not be the fat-removing, belly-slimming procedure they think it is. In fact, a new study shows it can actually cause more belly fat in the end–a kind that is particularly unhealthy.
A team of Brazilian researchers found that within months of abdominal liposuction, many people experienced an increase in the so-called “visceral” fat that surrounds the abdominal organs. Visceral fat is particularly unhealthy because it increases the risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, versus the superficial abdominal fat just under the skin which is removed during liposuction.
There is, however, a solution to preventing this buildup of visceral fat after liposuction: exercise.
After studying 36 normal-weight women who had liposuction, those who were couch potatoes after the procedure showed a 10% increase in this belly fat. Meanwhile, those who were active at least three times a week on a treadmill with light strength training did not show any increase in fat.
The reason for this (aside from common sense)? Researchers believe liposuction destroys the “architecture” of the fat cells which are just below the skin, so therefore, any fat gain is redirected to the deeper fat tissues. In other words, liposuction can make you fatter, and more unhealthy, in the end.
You would think that after taking such drastic measures to get rid of body fat that everyone would be more inclined to exercise so they could keep their new slimmer figure. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. In today’s quick-fix society, too many people don’t buy into the long-term health benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet, which could very well ward off the need for liposuction to begin with.