Targeted fat loss isn’t a thing. So, if you want to lose a little in your tummy, there’s really no way to target it specifically — no matter how many crunches you do.
Where you’ll lose weight on your body first will depend on several factors.
Where women lose weight first
Findings from a study suggested that women tend to lose weight all over but hang onto it in their hips and thighs. That might change around menopause when women’s fat distribution tends to change with hormonal shifts.
The same study found that people with obesity tend to lose weight first in their arms and legs, regardless of sex.
According to a 2012 research review, “women are better [than men] at defending weight” when they exercise. Yeah, basically, that means women’s bodies are willing to fight harder to hang onto that fat, even after hours on the treadmill. (Thanks, body! Love ya. ?)
But srsly, women truly need more fat than men, so pat your bod on the back.
Where men lose weight first
According to one study, men tend to drop weight around their torsos first. However, men with obesity tend to drop it first in their arms and legs.
A 2014 research review showed that men also tend to lose weight much more easily than women.
Genes, hormones, current body weight, oh my! Lots of things impact where you’ll shed fat first. Here’s the lowdown on dropping lbs.
Genes (thanks, fam)
You can thank your ancestors for your fit-fam results — genes play a big role in body fat distribution. A research review found that genetic factors also impact weight loss, so if your rents’ Mediterranean diet worked for them, there’s a good chance it’ll work for you, too.
Another research review found that the link between genetic factors and body fat distribution seems to be stronger in women than in men.
Hormones (thanks, thyroid)
Hormones play a major role in weight loss. Estrogen (one of the main sex hormones for women) may cause women to accumulate more weight around their hips and thighs. Meanwhile, higher levels of testosterone in men help them build muscle and burn …….