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Stubborn Fat: What, Why, How

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

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?

Exilis | A portrait photo of a healthy and fit couple

The truth is that everyone has this type of fat, and how it appears in 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 that can give targeted fat reduction. A great example is Exilis body contouring, and some of the benefits of Exilis body contouring are:

  • A targeted reduction in fat.

  • Tighter and lifted skin to combat skin sagging from ageing or significant weight loss.

  • A reduction in cellulite.

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. The good news is that there are ways to reduce stubborn fat, no matter how stubborn it is! Click below to book your consultation and find out how you could tackle your stubborn fat with the latest in medical aesthetics treatment.

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Aug 11, 2023

Something I wanted to add is the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. Research suggests that a healthy gut microbiome is strongly associated with how efficiently you burn fat. It's even been shown that good gut bacteria absorbs fewer calories from food. So if you struggle with stubborn fat, try focusing more on your gut health. You can do this by taking a high quality probiotic. Just make sure it contains the ingredients that support weight loss. You can find a very good one at: ProbioticLean.Life You will find that when you give your body what it needs, the fat will come off as a by-product.

Dr Hala Medical Aesthetics
Dr Hala Medical Aesthetics
Oct 31, 2023
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Gut health does indeed play a massive role in our health, and is a very interesting topic! You've inspired us to write about this actually... Would you like to see a blog post covering the latest scientific research into gut health and how it affects your skin and body?

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