Dr. Nusbaum was recently interviewed by Emily DiNuzzo from Reader’s Digest. The article was titled: Having a flat stomach isn’t always about just dieting and exercising. Learn the other factors that could be working against you.

Although genetics don’t automatically doom you to a large belly, they do play a significant role in fat distribution and storage, according to Michael Nusbaum, MD, a bariatric surgeon, and the founder of  Nusbaum Weight Loss Centers. Visceral fat—the type of fat the body stores in your abdomen and around your intestines and is mostly responsible for keeping people from a flat belly—is partly to blame because of genetics, Dr. Nusbaum explains. “There are people who, no matter what, are going to basically be prone to having the same belly as their mom or dad,” he says. Check out 23 tricks to lose belly fat without a lick of exercise.