Body Fat Distribution and Why Men Lose Weight Quicker Than Women…

The distribution of body fat varies between individuals and sexes.

Males typically distribute body fat around their midsection and back while females carry more on their hips, thighs and breasts. From a health perspective men are at more of a risk of heart disease due to increased volumes of visceral fat from their storage patterns. Hormones can have an influence upon the mobilization and distribution of fat around the body and although there are trends in the sex’s body fat distribution the deposition is generally individual varying from person to person.

As for removal body fat will be removed from certain areas ahead of others. Initially, visceral fat is removed as described before (possibly because of improved blood flow in the abdominal region where visceral fat tends to be deposited), hence the reason that males traditionally lose weight quicker than females.

Patterns of fat loss vary from person to person. Abdominal fat varies and traditionally reduces from the upper part of the abdominals before the lower part which is an area commonly referred to as “stubborn”. It has been hypothesised that fat loss can be targeted on certain areas dependant upon hormonal regulation- this currently though needs more ratification from research as a lot of studies are inconclusive, for the majority of people who do not have a clinically diagnosed hormonal imbalance though fat loss does not need to be confused with the use of expensive supplements.

Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST ( in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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