Stubborn fat is the body fat that is hard to get rid of or define even through a healthy diet, targeted exercise and overall weight loss. ‘Spot reducing’ fat is notoriously difficult, and areas of stubborn fat (usually down to genetic make up) can vary from person to person. However, typically areas of stubborn fat are on the stomach, hips and thighs – but this list is not exhaustive.
What Causes Stubborn Fat?
Stubborn fat that can’t be removed via a calorie deficit, healthy diet and regular exercise is typically subcutaneous fat (the fat under the skin that you may be able to pinch) rather than visceral fat that sits around the organs. It is largely harmless to our health, but may be preventing you from achieving the toned, defined look you are aiming for.
Largely, stubborn fat is caused by our genetic makeup. However, it can also be caused by hormones. Women may be more greatly affected than men, due to the way fat is naturally deposited around the body.
Treating Stubborn Fat
If you are at an optimum weight, with a regular exercise routine and healthy diet, the only way to define, sculpt and ‘melt away’ stubborn fat is likely to be through professional treatments.
Luckily, there are many options out there. Some are more invasive than others, but all are designed to create a more toned, slim look – especially in those stubborn areas (such as inner thighs, upper arms, buttocks or stomach). These professional treatments include CoolSculpting, BodyTite, RF Body Tightening, Liposuction and Saxenda.