Let’s fig­ure out why fat lingers in a cer­tain place.

Each per­son has a min­i­mum reserve of fat nec­es­sary for the func­tion­ing of the body. Some have more fat, some have less, some have “prob­lem” areas — the stom­ach and sides, oth­ers — legs and thighs. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we do not know how to con­trol where we store fat. How­ev­er, there are sev­er­al rea­sons why fat tends to stay in a cer­tain area.
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Genetics

Near­ly 50 per­cent of the dis­tri­b­u­tion of body fat depends on genet­ics: for exam­ple, women tend to store fat on their but­tocks and thighs, while men tend to store fat on their stom­ach and sides. Hor­mone lev­els also influ­ence the dis­tri­b­u­tion of body fat.

Time

This is per­haps the most com­mon rea­son: fol­low­ing a diet and exer­cise reg­i­men can­not give imme­di­ate results. More­over, you can­not lose weight in one place at once: with folds on the stom­ach, fat also leaves oth­er parts of the body, this is a grad­ual process.

Age

As you age, your metab­o­lism slows down and mus­cle mass decreas­es. All this leads to an increase in the per­cent­age of body fat.

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How do you know when it’s time to lose weight?

In fact, you should­n’t wait until the extreme case: for men from 30 to 50 years old, the nor­mal amount of body fat is 14–20 per­cent. It is not easy to inde­pen­dent­ly cal­cu­late the exact per­cent­age of body fat: to do this, you need to know the mass of your mus­cles or have a spe­cial device on hand — a caliper. But the approx­i­mate fat indi­ca­tor can be deter­mined “by eye”.

The ide­al per­cent­age of body fat in a man is 10–19 per­cent. Any­thing less than 10 per­cent falls under the low lev­el, which is what pro­fes­sion­al body­builders strive for. How­ev­er, fat is nec­es­sary for any per­son: 2–4 per­cent for men are con­sid­ered crit­i­cal val­ues. For women, the min­i­mum is 10 per­cent.

What to do to lose weight?

  • Reduce por­tion sizes;
  • Increase phys­i­cal activ­i­ty;
  • Add more fruits and veg­eta­bles to your diet;
  • Reduce con­sump­tion of alco­holic bev­er­ages;
  • Increase the amount of pro­tein in the menu;
  • Don’t give up car­bo­hy­drates com­plete­ly.

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