What causes back fat to form? And what are the best ways to get rid of it?
If you are battling back fat, you’re not alone. We often hear about stubborn fat pockets on areas such as the stomach, but the back is another common area for fat to build up in women, even those who are otherwise slim and toned. Causing a bulging effect around or underneath the bra can undermine confidence and self-esteem and make it difficult to wear certain clothes. So, what causes it to form and is it possible to eliminate it? This is everything you need to know…
What causes back fat?
There are several causes of back and bra fat in women. It can be the result of the natural ageing process, a genetic predisposition to store fat in this area, or due to excess weight. As you age, your muscles lose strength and tone – known as atrophy of the back muscles. Hormone fluctuations in perimenopause can also alter how the fat is distributed throughout your body. And weight gain due to poor diet, or a lack of exercise can lead to pockets of stubborn fat developing in some regions of the body.
Can exercise help?
Eating well and exercising regularly can improve your overall body shape. However, it’s impossible to target weight loss to specific areas of the body. Losing weight all over the body after the age of 40 can often accelerate ageing as you may also lose fat from the face, leading to a gaunt or hollow appearance.
And if your back fat is caused by hormonal changes, it can be challenging to reduce it through exercise alone. In this case, BHRT may be helpful for bringing your hormone levels back up to adequate levels, allowing you to lose weight naturally once more.
Another excellent technique for reducing stubborn fat pockets is CoolSculpting, a tried-and-tested approach to strategically targeting fat across the upper, mid, and lower back without surgery.
The best way to target fat on the back
CoolSculpting is a very effective way to target visible fat bulges on the back, as well as under the chin, on the inner and outer thighs, abdomen, and flanks, as well as bra fat, back fat, upper arms and the “banana roll” just underneath the buttocks. It uses cryolipolysis, a cooling technology, to take advantage of fat cells’ natural vulnerability to the cold by freezing them to -11 degrees C until they die and are naturally eliminated by the body.
You may start to see changes as early as four to six weeks after treatment, but results typically take up to four months to become fully apparent.
How long do results last?
Once the fat cells have been crystallised and destroyed, your body will naturally process and eliminate them, reducing fat in the targeted area by up to 30 per cent. Once the fat cells have been eliminated, they won’t return, but you can still gain weight elsewhere. Lasting improvements to your body are best seen when CoolSculpting is combined with a healthy lifestyle.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.