Fitness + Here's why that hip and thigh fat doesn't seem to go away

The stubborn pounds found in your hips and thighs are the toughest to take off. This is simply because of something called 'homeostasis'.

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Have you ever worried about getting rid of thigh and hip fat? Maybe you thought you were just being paranoid about it.

Well, there's a reason you can't lose those last three to five pounds.

Most often found in your trouble zones, those stubborn pounds are the toughest to take off.

This is obviously not due to lack of effort, it's simply because of something called 'homeostasis'.

All of your body's systems work together to maintain an unchanging environment.

Your body does whatever it can to maintain this status quo, and when you're dedicated to making major lifestyle changes, you'll need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because your body is doing everything it can to fight back.

Even after you've revamped your lifestyle and started reaping all the healthy benefits of being fit, a weight-loss plateau inevitably hits, and you find yourself frustrated that certain areas just won't budge.

According to metabolism investigator at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Deborah Clegg, it's more difficult for women to take off weight in certain areas due to evolutionary causes that were once advantageous but are no longer serving our bodies.

"Women fight against losing weight in our hips and thighs and the reason we're programmed that way is that we rely on the calories in our hips and thighs evolutionarily to provide us with calories for breastfeeding or to help sustain a potential famine while we're pregnant", she says.

For most women, trouble zones exist in the hips, thighs, glutes, and abs, basically all areas that are biologically predisposed for reserving fat that also have a lot of muscle that goes unactivated.

With strength training, your metabolic rate gets amped up, and as you build strong muscle underneath your troubled areas, the fat on top looks much leaner.

The thing is, you won't be able spot reduction right away in your troubled zone, but strengthening this area can only help your cause to feel stronger and more comfortable in your skin.

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