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Where Does Fat Disappear First?
Do you find when you lose fat it disappears from the places you want to stay big?
Maybe it stubbornly holds on to the places you really want to slim down.
Some of the books we’ve read tried to sell us “spot reduction”. It’s a myth. We cannot choose to burn the fat on our waist over that in our face.
There Are 2 Kinds of Fat
We have adipose tissue all over the body.
This tissue is made of adipocytes (fat cells) whose sole job is to store energy in the form of fat. Body fat distribution differs from person to person.
There are generally two types of fat storage:
- visceral (surrounding organs).
- subcutaneous (beneath the skin – about 80% of all body fat is this type (src)).
Does eating fat make you fat? We get to the bottom of that myth here.
Where Do We Gain Fat?
- Women – around the buttocks and thighs (gluteofemoral): “pear-shaped”.
- Men – around the abdomen: “apple-shaped”.
These are the predominant patterns – but both ‘apple’ and ‘pear’ shaped distribution can be found in either gender.
|Knee||Fat often builds up on the inside region of the knees in women.|
|Upper Arm||Common in women, fat build up can occur in the middle to upper area of the upper arm – typically covering the tricep area. Some women elect to have arm liposuction procedure to remove fat from this area without the marks caused by surgery.|
|Abdomen||Fat buildup around the navel area is common in both men and women. It is also one of the few fat deposits that are also found in slim women.|
|Inner Thigh||Fat storage between the thighs is common in women – but also occurs with men. It is more noticeable in women due to the width of the pelvis that in turn influences the position of the thigh (femur).|
|Outer Thigh||Sometimes called “Riding Breeches” – this area is the most likely place for the pitted or ‘quilted’ appearance of cellulite. This fat concentration also blends with fat tissue on the inner thigh and the buttocks.|
|Buttocks||Without fat here – sitting would be quite uncomfortable. Fat is held in place by the gluteal fold. If significant fat is lost from the buttock, only appropriate training can prevent the buttock from sagging down against the thigh.|
|Lower Back||This fat concentration often merges with the buttock area.|
|Chest||Breast tissue comprises the mammary gland (one’s ‘endowment’) surrounded by fat. Men also have atrophied glands and fat in this area. Both sexes gain fat in this area. In men this can sometimes be mistaken for gynecomastia – a condition that includes not only fat build up, but growth in gland tissue.|
Ethnic VariationThere is considerable research showing that fat distribution varies between ethnic groups.
- Asian adults are more prone to visceral and central obesity than Europeans.
- Mediterranean women are prone to fat gain in the outer thighs.
Cellulite is Different
This is further compounded by cellulite. With cellulite tissue, fatty acids are contained in a net of fibrous connective tissue.
As fat loss occurs the net becomes compressed – making it difficult for the blood supply to readily remove the fat from these stubborn areas.
Why Do I Lose Weight But Look the Same?
- Obese men tend to lose more visceral (internal) fat while obese women lose more subcutaneous fat (src).
- Exercise seems to result in more subcutaneous fat loss.
- Diet alone results in more visceral fat loss (and less surface fat loss) (src).
This explains how you can lose weight – but not necessarily have any radical change in appearance.