Stubborn Lower Body Fat | Hormones that Burn & Store Fat


More info: Addressing the body’s hormonal situation is our last step to targeting the tough-to-tone areas in women.

The main question seems to be this: why do certain areas of the body lose fat quicker, while others are more stubborn?

As inconvenient for us as it is, our bodies preferentially store fat according to hormonal patterns, and for many women this means in the hips, butt and thighs. (Whereas men often store in the midsection).

This is more than a caloric issue. In fact, most women who go on a low calorie diet will lose fat from their upper bodies, and none from their lower.

This happens because stubborn fat storage is about hormones not calories, and we store based on 2 types of cell receptors: alpha adrenergic receptors and beta adrenergic receptors.
The former locks fat in, while the latter encourages fat release. And surprise! Women have much higher densities of the former in the legs, butt and thighs, while men have a great density of the alpha adrenergic receptors in their midsections.

Not to get too much into the science, but all you need to know if you want to burn fat from stubborn areas is that decreasing alphas and increasing betas is ideal.

Let’s take a look at specific female hormones that cause fat storage in the butt, legs and thighs of women. Because women have higher levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone, they tend to store fat lower, saturating the thighs and glutes and creating that pear shape look.

Estrogen’s effect is prominent in the thighs and hips of women. This hormone usually out-does the actions of cortisol, HGH, testosterone and even progesterone to encourage fat storage in this area. However, as we age, levels of reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen and testosterone) decrease, along with HGH.

This reduction coupled with the increase in cortisol from stressful lives, lack of sleep and long-duration, low-intensity exercise, leaves most individuals storing more and more fat in their middle. This is why it is common to see older adult females resembling more of the “apple shape.”

For childbearing and because estrogen is highly active in this area, women’s bodies hold onto fat in these places stubbornly. It’s not uncommon for many women to gain weight FIRST in their thighs, hips and glutes. If you’ve ever felt the difference when you try to zip up their jeans after even just a few weeks off track, you know what I’m talking about.

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