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Close up of individual using a tape measure to measure their stomach/waistline.

Unfortunately, one of the hard truths relating to health and fitness is that we simply cannot target areas of our body in which we want to lose fat. The body loses fat all over somewhat evenly. Incorporating core exercises into your workout program – for instance – will help to build your abdominal muscles; however, your muscles are encompassed by fat which means that a layer of fat is covering your abdominal muscles and “blocking” the view. To lose body fat, you must be eating at a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat), but you can’t control which areas to make the fat disappear from. Every body is different, and you will notice the fat loss in some areas sooner than others.

Alas, the last places women tend to lose fat are the thighs, buttocks and stomach. Men will usually lose their stomach fat last as well. The lower your body fat, the harder it is to continue losing it. To lose fat from those “stubborn” areas, you simply must stay dedicated to your dietary and exercise goals.

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