The media is rampant with advice on how to get a flat belly, build six-pack abs or tone your buttocks. However, it sometimes seems that no matter how much you exercise and eat right, there are pockets of fat that don’t go away. That’s because, while much of the fitness advice out there can be helpful, it often misses the larger picture on fat reduction. There are reasons why specific pockets of fat do not respond to exercise.
It seems reasonable to believe that by exercising muscles in a particular spot on the body, fat in that area can be reduced. Research studies have observed this happening to some degree 1 2 , but results were variable among participants, and the breakdown of fat in the areas studied was not considered significant enough for a clear conclusion. This is because fat and muscle are different types of tissue. Fat does not turn into muscle, it can only be burned away to reveal muscle that builds up underneath.
The reason that you may see muscle replacing fat in some areas is most likely due to a combination of diet and exercise. With diet and exercise, you can create a calorie deficit, which means that your body burns fat stores for energy, revealing the new muscles that build up underneath.
If you exercise without a calorie deficit, the muscle you build may or may not become visible because there could be a layer of fat on top of the muscle that does not get burned away.
Unfortunately, you cannot control which fat stores your body burns. That’s why some people have great-looking abs, but retain fat around their thighs, no matter how much they step, squat, cycle and run. Others may notice toning in their legs, but retain a bit of belly fat no matter how much they’ve strengthened their core.
Neither situation is necessarily a bad thing. Beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Also, the greatest benefit of a balanced diet and exercise is your health.
If for personal reasons, you put in the effort and you feel really good, but you still want a more toned appearance, there are fat reduction treatments that can help. Many of them don’t require any surgery.
CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis is one of the most well-known treatments. It uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells in a specific area by freezing them. Your immune system then carries the destroyed cells away, resulting in a visible reduction of fat.
Lipoblast can also tackle stubborn pockets of fat, but it uses targeted laser energy to destroy the fat cells. Both treatments are performed with advanced medical equipment by carefully-trained clinicians, so you can target the fat cells without burning or freezing your skin. CoolSculpting is very effective with fat, while LipoBlast is ideal for areas with cellulite.
For larger areas and faster results, LipoSculpture is a refined form of liposuction. It is only minimally invasive and requires very little downtime. A qualified cosmetic surgeon performs the procedure using extra fine microcannulas to remove pockets of fat. The procedure is done with just a local anaesthetic and an experienced physician can control how much fat is removed from each pocket for a natural-looking result.