What Causes Stubborn Fat, and What Can You Do About It?

The way our bodies accumulate and store fat is one of the fitness and beauty industries’ favorite topics – explanations and tips abound, and it can be confusing to understand how your own body works. However, the answer to this problem is a simple equation of supply and demand.

Eat More Than We Use

While there are a few exceptions to this rule, such as thyroid dysfunction and other hormonal regulation problems, our body accumulates fat cells when we consume more calories than we use. That’s it.

For women, the body begins to store this fat around the waist, thighs and buttocks. For men, it’s around the abdomen and lower back.

Then, as the patient continues to eat more calories than they metabolize, their body accumulates more fat and patients move away from healthy amounts of body fat and head towards obesity. The body then begins to store fat cells around other parts of the body, particularly around the chest, neck, face, and upper arms.

What Can You Do About It?

Fortunately, the answer to weight-gain and so-called ‘stubborn fat’ can be simple – decrease your caloric intake.

You don’t even need to exercise at the start. Eat around 1500-2000 calories a day, everyday.  If you can do this consistently for three months, you’ll notice incredible amounts of weight loss.

Add some daily half-hour walks while maintaining a low caloric intake. Walking burns calories, so you can speed up your weight loss by doing easy exercise.

Obviously, the more fat you have to begin with, the longer it will take for your body to burn and consume. By eating at a caloric deficit, your body will turn to your stored fat cells for energy, and with persistence, you’ll notice massive weight reduction.

The solution is not easy. It takes self-discipline, control, restraint, but it is simple – eat less than your body burns.

‘Stubborn’ areas of fat are those unfortunate places where men and women’s bodies initially begin to store fat – usually the belly and the bottom or thighs. To help with these areas, there are several cosmetic procedures that can give encouraging results once the patient is near a healthy body weight. Liposuction and coolsculpting are two effective techniques that can reduce fat immediately in specific areas. However, the patient must continue to eat at caloric deficit; otherwise, the fat will come straight back.

Dr Waltzman has a no-frills approach to fat loss that works. For a consultation or to get more advice, call us at (562) 448-6100 or fill out his online form.