Excess or stubborn body fat refers to an accumulation of adipose tissue beyond what is considered a healthy or optimal level for an individual’s body composition. This fat tends to be resistant to conventional diet and exercise efforts, making it harder to reduce compared to other areas of the body. It is often characterised by noticeable bulges or pockets of fat in specific regions such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and upper arms.
Several factors contribute to the development of excess or stubborn body fat. Genetics can play a significant role, influencing where the body tends to store fat. Hormonal imbalances, particularly in conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders, can also contribute to the accumulation of stubborn fat. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as sedentary behaviour, poor dietary choices, and high-stress levels can lead to the retention of excess fat.
The impact of excess body fat on appearance can alter body contours, creating a less sculpted or toned appearance. Stubborn fat deposits may lead to the development of ‘problem areas’ that individuals find challenging to target through traditional means like diet and exercise.
This can lead to feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction with one’s body image. Moreover, excess body fat can have implications for overall health, increasing the risk of various health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. This is usually of a higher concern when a person is considered overweight or obese – and particularly when this is prolonged.
Addressing excess body fat often requires a multifaceted approach that includes a balanced diet, and regular physical activity. However, when small amounts of excess fat are stubborn in nature, technology can be used to help shift what is considered unwanted. At Bank Medispa we can help our patients to make healthy lifestyle choices that can also be effective in managing weight. This can be further supported with ONDA Body Contouring, a non-surgical treatment that uses specialist microwaves to break down fatty tissue. This treatment is designed to work alongside healthy lifestyle choices, and may not be recommended as a method for significant weight loss.