FIGHT THAT FAT

YOU’VE SHED PLENTY OF WEIGHT BUT CER­TAIN AR­EAS ARE PROV­ING TRICK­IER TO SHAPE UP.

LOSE IT! - - Contents -

It’s pos­si­ble to lose stub­born body fat

Do your weight-loss at­tempts leave you slim on top but still de­cid­edly chunky from the waist down? You are not alone: stub­born weight on the but­tocks, hips and thighs is a com­mon com­plaint for women. It’s got a lot to do with hor­mones, the food we choose to eat and the type of ex­er­cise we do.

While it is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to spot-re­duce spe­cific ar­eas of the body, there is still a lot you can do to max­imise fat loss in gen­eral while also do­ing the right type of ex­er­cise to de­velop mus­cle and change body shape.

WHAT CAUSES STUB­BORN FAT?

Fat tis­sue has two dif­fer­ent re­cep­tors, al­pha and beta. Beta re­cep­tors help speed up fat loss, while al­pha re­cep­tors slow fat loss down. Stub­born ar­eas of fat gen­er­ally have more al­pha re­cep­tors than beta re­cep­tors. In men these ar­eas are the lower abs and love han­dles; in women they tend to be the hips, thighs and butt. Oe­stro­gen is the hor­mone that in­creases the num­ber of al­pha re­cep­tors, which is why too much oe­stro­gen – or too much of it rel­a­tive to pro­ges­terone (in other words, oe­stro­gen dom­i­nance) – slows down fat loss. The stub­born fat in the butt, hips and thighs will there­fore al­ways be used more slowly and will be the last to go. The key is not to give up be­fore that hap­pens.

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