Excess fat is common complaint which usually refers to areas of subcutaneous fat that lies just beneath the skin. Subcutaneous fat is often recognised by pinching the skin and can be particularly difficult to shift, hence it also being referred to as ‘stubborn’.
Stubborn or excess fat can be a real point of frustration for the affected person, in particular when efforts have been made to live a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and sufficient exercise.
Anybody, male or female, can experience excess fat pockets on the body, but is slightly more common for women to experience stubborn fat. Common areas where women notice that stubborn / excess fat is present are: hips, thighs, stomach, arms and buttocks; whereas excess fat in men will more typically be found around the lower abdomen – and affectionately referred to as love handles. It is due to the influences from hormones, such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, that attribute to these gender differences.