Each person has a tendency to accumulate more fat in certain areas of the body, for example, the abdomen, hips, legs, chest, arms, back, etc. Therefore, when following a program to lose weight, these areas are usually the most difficult ones to lose weight.
Gynoid adiposity and android adiposity
Men are more predisposed at accumulating fat in the abdominal area, and this visceral-abdominal adiposity is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and with metabolic complications (hypertension, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides). The older the man, the speed with which the fat is deposited in the abdominal and thoracic region increases remarkably.
In women, the location of fat varies according to hormonal changes. Women of childbearing age accumulate fat mostly in the femoral-gluteal (Gynoid) region, i.e. in the buttocks, legs and hips, while after menopause a redistribution of fat mass occurs and it tends to be deposited mostly in the abdomen, as happens in men, and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease is equalized.
Areas of localized adiposity (accumulated fat)
Apart from the differences between sexes to accumulate fat, each individual can perceive areas where he has the highest adipose deposits and that are more difficult to lose weight.
The most problematic areas are:
- Chest / thoracic area
- Neck nape
Is it possible to direct loss of fat to a specific area of the body?
When a hypocaloric diet and regular physical activity are combined to lose weight, the percentage of fat mass in the body is reduced, but this decrease is generalized, that is, it is impossible to carry out a diet or do any physical exercise to reduce the adipose tissue in a particular area of the body.
Therefore, we can use this opportunity to demystify that lemon, baking soda or ginger contribute to “burn” abdominal fat, or that sit-ups exercises serve to get rid of the adiposity of the abdomen, or that squats eliminate fat deposited in the buttocks.
Obviously, physical exercises, both aerobic and anaerobic, serve to reduce body fat mass and to tone and increase muscle mass, but no exercise or food “burns” the fat of a specific body area.
What are the most difficult areas to lose weight?
The most difficult areas to lose weight are those in which the fat accumulated in a greater proportion and that is why we have the feeling that we thin out the whole body except that problematic area, but in fact it also reduces the fat in that area, only It takes more time to notice results at a glance.
As an example, our face accumulates much less amount of fat than in the abdomen, so a person who has a defined abdominal overweight will notice that his face is thinning quickly while his abdomen remains (according to his perception) the same. The truth is that the adipose deposits on the face was much smaller and hence this energy reserve was consumed, and, although the amount of fat was also reduced in the abdomen, there is still a marked predominance of adipose tissue in this body area.
Anyway, there is no fat location impossible to eliminate. The secret is to persevere with healthy eating and physical activity, mainly aerobic (resistance) that consumes a large amount of energy and accelerates the reduction of fat mass throughout the body. Weight loss is a process that takes time and requires changing from a sedentary lifestyle into a more proactive one combined with healthy eating habits.