With all of the diet and fitness crazes raging in the world today, most people actually know surprisingly little about the fat in their own bodies. In fact, many people know more about the fat in their food! Do you know someone (maybe even yourself) who diets and works out like a maniac, but always has that one problem area where the fat just won’t disappear? Well, guess what? It never will if you keep doing what you’re doing, and here’s why: not all fat is effected by diet and exercise!
There are three ways that your body uses fat. The first way is as visceral fat, which surrounds and protects your organs to ensure that they remain safe from injury and damage. Visceral fat is not effected by exercise or diet, except in cases of prolonged and/or excessive starvation. This fact may be hard to swallow for some, especially considering the constant bombardment of messages we all receive in our society saying that “fat is bad.” These messages are both incorrect and confusing, so let us clarify it for you: Excessive fat is bad. Visceral fat is good!
The other ways that your body uses fat are as a means to store away excess calories for future use, and to regulate its temperature. It accomplishes both of these activities by storing fat away in layers that lie below the dermis. Men and women tend to store these fats in different areas of the body, as illustrated in the diagram below:
The reserve layer of fat is the bottommost layer, and this is where excess calories are stored away. This layer takes its own shape on top of muscles, and is the main source of frustration for those who are overweight. Thankfully, we can control the amount of fat stored in these layers through exercise, diet, and/or liposuction.
The top layer of fat is the subcutaneous layer (also known as the “hypodermis”), which lies directly beneath the dermis and is actually a part of the skin itself. Fat storage in this layer is controlled by hormones, and cannot be eliminated through diet, exercise, or liposuction. Once upon a time, this fat was used to help the body regulate its temperature, and it still does this to a certain degree. In our modern, climate-controlled world, however, it is more a frustrating vestige of evolution than an evolutionary advantage for survival.
Fat stored within this layer is also known as “trapped fat” due to the fact that once it’s there, it’s next-to-impossible to eliminate without the help of modern technology. Subcutaneous fat often shows up as “love handles” in men and “saddle bags” or “thunder thighs” in women. and directly contributes to the formation of cellulite in women. Subcutaneous fat is the main source of frustration for those wishing to tone their bodies, which may already be in great physical shape.
Now enough with the bad news, and onto the good news. You may be wondering, “if I can’t get rid of trapped fat through dieting, exercise, or liposuction, then how do I get rid of it? Is it even possible?” Thankfully, it is not only possible to reduce (and even eliminate) trapped fat, but you won’t even have to break a sweat to do it!
White Tea Med Spa offers two treatments proven to reduce and/or eliminate trapped fat: VelaShape and LPG Endermologie. Call us today at 212-647-8919 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced therapists. We’ll discuss your history and body goals, and work with you to create a customized plain for attaining the body of your dreams. To read about our fantastic trapped-fat-fighting treatments, click on the corresponding links below:
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog to discover the many ways that trapped fat can form. Until then, don’t wait to start attacking your trapped fat! As we mentioned earlier, this type of fat cannot be effected by diet and exercise, but it can be treated with lymphatic massage and body contouring treatments like VelaShape and Endermologie! Hooray for technology!