What Causes Stubborn Fat and What Can You Do About It?

You have probably met someone who can lose weight seemingly effortlessly. Meanwhile, you’ve been carefully monitoring your diet and exercising faithfully for what feels like years, without seeing significant changes in your body composition. If that frustrating scenario sounds a little too close to home, you’re stuck waging a personal war against stubborn fat.

If hard-to-lose fat us standing between you and your ideal body type, you aren’t alone in your struggle. Many women and men find exercise-resistant body fat is holding them back from developing toned abs, defined legs, or chiseled arms. Most people are genetically predisposed to store fat in specific areas, which is why you may be satisfied with the way your upper arms look but hate your belly – or vice versa.

The issue is that it’s much easier to gain fat than it is to lose it. That’s because humans evolved to store energy in the form of fat, and your body will actively work to keep excess fat stores. While this evolutionary strategy was beneficial for your ancestors in times of famine, it’s become your enemy today in your fight to lose weight.

When Stubborn Fat Becomes a Problem

Stubborn body fat is especially unhealthy when it accumulates around your internal organs, leading to the dreaded “muffin top” or “beer belly.” This type of fat is called visceral fat, and it can greatly increase your risk for leading causes of death such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. As you age, hormonal changes make it even more of an uphill battle to lose body fat.

Excess fat can take its toll on your mental health, too. If you’re trying to achieve a leaner figure but can’t seem to shake fat from specific areas of your body, it may negatively affect your self-esteem. You could find yourself caught in a vicious – and unproductive – the cycle of yo-yo dieting as you attempt to lose weight but find yourself frustrated time and again.

Winning the War Against Body Fat

With genetics, age, and hormones all working against you, it may seem like you’ll never be able to achieve the results you want, even when you eat right and follow a healthy fitness regimen. But don’t lose hope! If you’re at or near your target weight but haven’t been able to lose fat from specific areas of your body, liposuction is the solution you’ve been looking for.

When diet and exercise aren’t enough on their own, liposuction is a highly customizable procedure to help you finally get the physique you’ve been working hard to achieve. It’s important to note that liposuction is not the same as a surgery such as a lap band or gastric bypass that helps obese people lose significant amounts of weight from all over their bodies. Instead, liposuction is designed to help women and men who are already within their ideal weight remove fat from specific areas of their body that have failed to respond to toning and shaping.

Though liposuction isn’t a substitute for exercise, it does what hours of crunches, planks, triceps kickbacks, squats, and lunges couldn’t help you achieve: It spot-tones exercise-resistant bulges and rolls in problem areas, providing a leaner and more contoured shape.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you are a non-smoker in good overall health, you are likely qualified for liposuction. Female patients opt for liposuction to remove fat from their upper arms, bellies, thighs, and backs, often as a component of a mommy makeover. Male patients frequently choose liposuction to remove excess fat from their backs, abs, and flanks, as well as to correct gynecomastia – a condition that causes men to develop unwanted breast tissue.

Liposuction is versatile enough that it can be effective in contouring almost any area of the body. If you’re considering the procedure, your first step is to meet with Dr. Brad Stephan for an in-person consultation to discuss your problem areas and develop a personalized treatment plan. Contact our Tampa office today to discuss your options and learn more about whether liposuction is right for you.