Stubborn fat refers to the excess fat that tend to accumulate in areas such as the mid-section, thighs and arms, as well as bulging bra fats for women.
Even with weight loss, stubborn fats are hard to shed in these areas, as the name suggests. Studies have shown that exercise does not promote spot reduction of stubborn fat—this means that doing a lot of sit-ups will not reduce belly fat.
You may wonder why belly fat is so stubborn to shed—the science behind that shows there are 2 types of fats around the waistline: subcutaneous fats and visceral fat.
Subcutaneous fat refers to fat accumulated right below the skin, while visceral fat is the deep internal fat that envelopes our organs.
The right treatment for fat reduction begins by assessing the correct type to fat to target in the area.
Many factors can contribute to the accumulation of stubborn fats, but genetics plays a big role in determining the areas that retain these fats. You may be surprised to know that our number of fat cells stay the same for the rest of our lives. Even when we lose weight, the fat cells merely reduce in size while the number stays the same, this means that when we gain weight, the stubborn fat is quick to return at the same area again.
Here are the most common factors that contribute to fat gain:
How do I know whether my belly fat is subcutaneous or visceral fat?
At Veritas, the first step is for a comprehensive body assessment before recommending any fat loss or weight management treatment to distinguish the patient's body composition. Generally speaking, subcutaneous fat under the skin is more "squeezable" than hard visceral fat.
Do I need to go on a diet or exercise for the treatments to work?
Bodysculpting treatments are a short cut to achieve the body you desire. While they do not require any lifestyle changes for the results to show, we would provide dietary and lifestyle advice to help you manage the most holistic bodysculpting experience.
What are the different areas suitable for fat loss removal?
Common areas include: Belly fat, love handles (flank), inner and outer thighs, back of thighs and waist, bra fats, arm fats, and breast fats for men.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
Dr Lena Fan