Stubborn Fat: Why You May Have It and What to Do About It

The truth about our bodies is that none are perfect. We don’t have to be perfect, luckily. We just have to fit into a norm that feels good for us. Nearly every body has stubborn fat in one or two places. Regardless of where fat accumulates and refuses to let go, we have to ask if this is a curse every person will have to simply live with.

Over the years, several theories about unwanted fat have developed. To go along with them, we’ve been handed numerous fat loss solutions. The thing is, there is no perfect solution for everyone. This is because stubborn fat doesn’t occur for one reason alone. Every person may develop a little extra fat for particular reasons. To even begin looking at how to get rid of excess fat, we have to look at potential reasons we have it in the first place.

Why We Get Extra Fat

  • Food and beverage choices. We live in a society of instant gratification and have for many years. This means we often don’t want to wait for a meal lovingly prepared with whole, fresh foods. The problem with processed foods is that they often have empty calories that spike (then crash) our blood sugar and leave us feeling hungry soon after meals. In addition to processed foods, many of us have grown accustomed to happy hour cocktails. While one alcoholic beverage a day may not cause irreparable harm, this habit tends to fuel excess; excess eating, excess drinking, and excess pounds.
  • Meal choices. In addition to what we eat, when we eat can impact how we look. Eating a large meal before bed could lead some people to stubborn fat. Forgoing smaller meals during the day for one large meal in the evening (or anytime, really) can lead to the overconsumption of carbs and unhealthy fats. Packing in such foods tells the body to store energy in the form of fat, thus packing on the pounds.
  • Poor sleep habits. When we sleep, the body produces specific hormones that are involved in our appetite. When we don’t sleep well, we have food cravings that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Furthermore, the digestive process is blunted by physical fatigue, and we lack the energy needed to exercise and burn calories.

These are only a few of several reasons why stubborn fat can develop. Additional reasons include stress, hormone imbalance, and poor muscle to fat ratio. Understanding where fat accumulation begins provides a clearer path to slimming down.

Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat

In many cases, eating whole foods and avoiding drinking our calories does wonders for weight. However, this doesn’t guarantee the shape we want. To achieve this, it may be wise to talk with an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Shridharani has helped many people overcome their battle of the bulge; sometimes with procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty and, more recently, with his Surgery in a SyringeSM treatment that utilizes Kybella to reduce unwanted fat.

It’s possible to get rid of stubborn fat. We can help. To learn more about your options, call our NYC office at (212) 508-0000 and schedule your consultation.

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