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Stubborn Fat: What, Why, How

Updated: Apr 20

What is it, why do you have it, and how can you get rid of it?

Stubborn Fat | An infographic of a healthy body composition.

Let’s be honest, losing body fat is a physical & mental challenge. You have to wade through fad diets, fat burning supplements full of false promise, and cookie-cutter workout plans; all thrown in your face by Instagram influencers with bodies that seem way too perfect to be real. Even after all that, unless you hit the genetic jackpot, you’ll likely have some stubborn fat that just won’t budge. Does that sound familiar to you?


Whether you’re happy with that stubborn fat or not, well done. It takes serious hard work and dedication to become fitter and healthier, though it can be easy to forget that sometimes. If you’ve decided that you do want to lose that stubborn fat but aren’t sure how, then keep reading because this is for you!


What is Stubborn Fat?


Stubborn fat is, by definition, fat that you find almost impossible to lose through diet and exercise even if you are doing the right things. So, what makes stubborn fat so stubborn? Research says that these areas of stubborn fat are scientifically more resistant to fat burning. This is because they function as stores of energy for the body and are physiologically primed to resist fat burning, which makes them the last to go (if they go at all).


Why Do I Have Stubborn Fat?


The truth is that everyone has this type of fat, and how it appears on our bodies is often down to genetics. It’s all about how evenly distributed the fat is around your whole body. For example, men are more likely to accumulate fat in the stomach due to higher testosterone circulation and women are more likely to accumulate fat in the thighs and buttocks due to higher oestrogen circulation. A lucky few, however, will have a much more even distribution of fat around their body which gives the illusion of a lower body fat percentage.


How Can I Get Rid of Stubborn Fat?


You may have heard that it is impossible to target certain areas of fat through diet and exercise, and it’s true. This does, unfortunately, mean that for many of us it will be near impossible to lose these stubborn fat deposits, even with a great exercise and diet plan. However, there are non-surgical treatments available that can give targeted fat reduction, such as Exilis. But how does it work?


Exilis uses targeted radiofrequency and ultrasound to heat the tissue under your skin as well as stimulate collagen production. This has a double effect:


  • Fat cells are destroyed, causing a reduction in the appearance of the fat in the target area.

  • Collagen production is increased. This results in tighter and more elastic skin, meaning loose skin and cellulite will also be reduced in the same treatment.

The overall result is a combination of reduced fat as well as tighter and firmer skin, and your fat won’t return unless you put it back on.


Stubborn fat is a part of all our bodies, but as nature would have it the genetic lottery means that you’d never see it on a lucky few. If you want to find out more about targeted fat reduction click here to book a consultation, and if not then we hope this information was useful to you!



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