• Fat distribution and loss patterns differ between men and women due to hormonal and genetic factors.
  • For men, initial fat loss tends to occur in the torso area and face. For women, early fat loss often occurs in the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
  • Abdominal/visceral fat deep within the torso is metabolically active and considered less healthy than subcutaneous fat under the skin. It may be one of the first areas targeted in weight loss for overweight men.
  • Women naturally store more fat in hips, thighs, and buttocks than men due to estrogen effects. These areas are some of the last to lose fat in women.
  • Genetics play a key role in where each person stores fat and loses it from first during weight loss. People cannot spot target fat loss from specific body parts.
  • Overall body fat percentage influences fat loss patterns. Those with high overall fat will initially lose fat rapidly from all over.
  • A calorie deficit achieved through diet and exercise is required for meaningful fat loss. No superfood or supplement will magically target fat loss from specific areas.
  • While patterns exist, everyone will lose fat somewhat differently based on body type, hormones, age, genetics and lifestyle habits. Patience and persistence are key.

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