Have you given up on getting that flat stomach that you’ve always wanted since you were a teenager? Fear no more, there are ways to get that stomach, but it won’t happen overnight and not without some effort on your part.


Weight-loss and Diet

If you’re overweight, the first thing you have to do is lose the extra pounds. If you do that, not only will your stomach get flatter, but your health will improve too. Going from a heavy weight to a normal weight and keeping the weight off has been shown to decrease your risks of developing many age-related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

It is a fact that losing weight will help you look better. Marketers understand that a thin woman (or man) sells a lot more than one that is overweight, and for good reason. Our minds have been geared to gravitate towards the more beautiful physical appearance of a thinner opposite sex. Thus, thinner is more beautiful.


Losing weight will help you feel better too. After all, you won’t be lugging around those extra bags of flour around wherever you go. Think about going to the grocery store then fling a bag of flour on your shoulder, the weight which you want to lose. Experience how tired you’ll feel after doing this for a half hour or hour while you’re in the store. No wonder many overweight and obese people are so tired all the time: from carrying around all that extra weight.


Losing weight will get rid of that extra fat inside your belly, or under the abdominal muscles. Many people have a large bulge there and think that it is all above the muscle. It is in some people, but most people, as they gain weight, gain intraabdominal fat weight and the battle of the bulge begins! The only way to reduce this fat is by doing significant total body weight loss.


So, get the weight off, not only because this will make you look and feel better, but also because you’ll have less chance of dying from these chronic medical diseases. We all want to live a longer life, but with quality. Staying overweight or obese will negate these on both counts.


We have found that in order to lose a significant amount of weight, you need to do a program that changes your metabolism and your lifestyle. That is the program that we offer at TrueMD. If you would like to learn more about this successful program, call the office for a consultation or read the information on the TrueMD.com website on this weight-loss way of life, which is the Greek meaning of diet.


Liposuction or Tummy Tuck

Once you’ve lost the extra weight, your next action should be to be evaluated to see if you need liposuction for those persistent bulges of fat, or do you need a tummy tuck, called an abdominoplasty.

If you have any kind of excess skin, especially if it is hanging down, you will need a tummy tuck. The differences have been discussed on another blog article on TrueMD.com.


When a tummy tuck is performed, the best part about it is bringing the muscles back toward the middle in a procedure that is part of the tummy tuck called plication of the muscles. If you were overweight or pregnant and the belly was pushed out, you most likely have stretching and separation of the middle part of your belly, i.e. the muscles spread apart sideways.


During the plication procedure, the muscles are brought back to the midline and sewn there with a permanent suture, so they’ll stay there. That is, as long as you don’t gain weight or get pregnant again, which would stretch them back apart again. The plication is the part of the Tummy tuck that gives you that very flat look to the procedure.


In addition, if liposuction is performed during the procedure, your waist and hips can also be sculptured to look better and more in tune with your now flat and tight stomach. At least, that is the way we do our tummy tucks, so you get the best results.


If you are wondering whether you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck, or possibly just liposuction of the abdomen, make an appointment for a consultation at our office today.


Exercise to build the abdominal (Ab) muscles

Once you have lost the weight and the excess fat and skin has been removed in your abdomen via a tummy tuck or lipo, if you want six-pack abs, you’ll need to exercise. Most any kind of exercise will build your abdominal muscle due to the need to tighten them during most exercises, including doing weights, to maintain your core.


To single out your ab muscles, however, you need to do a lot of crunches, sit-ups, or other exercises that work your abs. I see many patients with rock-hard tummies. When I ask them how they have them, they generally state that they will do 300 to 500 crunches a day. WOW! But it works to give you that flat stomach and maybe show off some of those ab muscles.


Get that Flat Bell You’ve Always Wanted

Thus, there are several options for getting a flat stomach. Losing weight is important, but once the weight is gone, some type of cosmetic surgery is usually needed. Most of the time, a tummy tuck is needed so the muscles can be brought to the midline and plicated giving you that flat look. But exercise is important too, especially if you want those six-pack abs. If you would like to learn more about your options, come see us at our office and we can discuss a good plan of action for you.