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