Ever seen a newsreader who looks fantastic on television, but in reality she doesn’t look quite so hot? Do you feel like you have a flat tummy, but your arms resemble parachutes should a strong wind come?
We all have problem areas, that part of the body that disproportionately tends to accumulate fat, and we have trouble getting rid of it once it’s there. For men, this tends to be the naval, back and hips, and for women it tends to be the hips, thighs and butt.
Ask any of your girlfriends which part of their body they would magically change, and the hips/thigh/butt combo is a universal response.
But why is this? Well, in the example of male vs female it has to do with hormones. Men have more testosterone and less estrogen, where women have higher oestrogen and less testosterone. Most people can accept this as a logical reason why there are significant differences to the way men and women build muscle and lose body fat, but what if it wasn’t as simple as male vs female? In actuality the hormonal spectrum is enormous, just think of frail, petite little Sally vs Olga, the rugby-playing, tree-cutting, deer-hunting female competitive shot-putter… You get the point.
If you have been adopting a well thought out nutrition plan and training effectively, but the body fat isn’t shifting from certain areas – there may be some underlying causes…
Genetics will play a vital role into how your body shapes itself. Some people draw a lucky card, other less so. However this is no reason to throw you hands in the air and claim defeat. On the contrary – a little awareness into what other areas you can focus on will dramatically improve the genetic baseline. No one complains more about their body shape than those who do almost nothing to improve it – a sad fact.
Dr Laurena Law, a leading anti-ageing and aesthetics specialist in Hong Kong says, “Body fat storage in women (and men) in specific areas could be a reflection of underlying hormonal disruption. Adding to this is exposure to environmental toxins that mimic our hormones or increase toxic burden – leading to storage in fat cells”