Fat distribution: where do we store our fat?

By November 25, 2008 December 14th, 2011 No Comments

Where do we store our fat? As personal trainers we are constantly hearing our clients moan about their bust getting smaller but their hips and bum taking longer, so what’s the score? Two clever authors Vega and Jimenez describe the different types or areas of fat storage as follows: android obesity (apple shaped) denotes the excess fat being stored around the abdomen. Gynoid obesity (pear shaped) denotes the excess fat being stored on the hips and thighs. Fat that is stored around the abdomen or tummy (as in android obesity) is an indicator on its own for type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, CHD (chronic heart disease) and high blood pressure. Waist measurements can be used to evaluate those at high risk, for men anything over 40 inches or 102cm is danger, for women anything over 35 inches or 88cms indicates danger.

A general rule of thumb is as follows; the first place you put on the fat is usually the last place you will lose it from. For many women who lose weight with our personal trainers in London the weight goes on first to the thighs and the bum, and then the tummy, the face and finally the bust. This pattern quite often reverses itself in weight loss. So the bust comes first, the face and arms next, and then finally the bum and thighs. So if you are trying to lose weight but can’t seem to shift the poundage from your butt it may just be a matter of persistence and patience. I’m not backing this up with any science, but of the many women I have personally trained this does seem to be the pattern, and our personal trainers in London back this up, as does other evidence from personal training and health studies.

Men on the other hand tend to hold fat around the waist. This often referred to beer belly is not necessarily connected with beer, but just nutrition that is both excessive and high in saturated fats. The best way to control this is of course by eating healthily while exercising in a correct and structured manner.

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