Dear Dr. Fritz,

Good day to you! I have been trying to lose weight. And I have already achieved my ideal weight. But, the problem is, my belly fats don’t seem to cooperate. Why is this happening? Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Jenny K.


Dear Jenny K.,

Well, there are a lot of reasons why those fats are clinging n your belly. Here are some:

1. You have the wrong food

Starchy carbohydrates, like pasta and bad fats, like those from red meat can inflate your belly. So, stay away from them. Splurge instead on veggies, lean proteins, fish, nuts, and avocados.

2. You are eating too much

Blame your eating habit; you are eating more than the suggested portions contributing to those extra flabs around your waist.

3. Smoking

This can lead to more abdominal and visceral fat.

4. Stress

When you are stressed, the hormone cortisol gets in and stays in your belly. So, chill it out.

5. Your lack exercise

If your waist line extends more than 35, you need moderate physical activity, like walking for at least two and a half hours a week, or vigorous exercise, like running for one hour and fifteen minutes and strength training for at least twice a week. But, you have to check with your doctor first before you begin with any exercise program.

6. You have done wrong exercises

Choose aerobic exercise, like walking or running. These exercises can burn fats best. But, be sure to make it a habit for you to get the best results. So, don’t just do it for a day or a week, or a month.

Opps, there’s more. But, we’re out of space for now. Until next time.

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of the digital page of Superbalita. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/oSunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building 1, Juan Luna St., Davao City, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)