Where fat stores & what it means

As I'm studying for my Fitness Nutrition Specialist exam, I'm coming across some valuable information that I can't help but share.

If you have been struggling with a certain area of your body, take a look at these bullet points - where your fat is lost vs. where it is stored can tell you a lot about what you need to do to change.

  • Fat loss in thighs, but not in stomach: excess of stress hormone cortisol
    • eed to: control stress, increase frequent protein meals, get enough sleep, stress-reduction techniques (yoga, meditation) & increase BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acid)
  • Fat loss in abdominal/stomach region, but not from subscapular (upper back) & suprailiac (side of stomach): problem with carbohydrate tolerance
    • Need to: reduce carb intake, add fish oils 
  • Fat loss in abdominal & suprailiac regions, but not in thighs (legs) & triceps (back of arm): excess of hormone estrogen
    • Need to: increase exercise volume, add cruciferous veggies (cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc) & potentially discuss estrogen levels with doctor
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