Top-heavy troubles

By: Dr. Uche Odiatu, Feb 23, 2012

Why do I have more fat accumulating on my upper body than on my lower body, and what can I do to get rid of it?

Can you do anything about fat accumulation on your upper body?

We are all unique. Not everyone has their body fat evenly distributed all over their body. The International Journal of Obesity reported that weight cycling (rollercoaster weight loss and weight gain through dieting) may cause a redistribution of body fat to the upper body area. Most women (because of dictates from female hormones) carry greater fat stores in their hips and thighs. Some women carry it around their waist (one of the most dangerous places to store fat). It is deep visceral fat that has the capability of acting like an organ – an organ that spews out hormones that cause blood to clot easier, increases inflammation in your body, increases insulin resistance and makes you hungrier. It is a hazardous place to have abundant fat storage due to its close proximity to your vital organs. By the way, chronic stress is one cause of fat being stored in the belly area – so being stressed out about your fat can make you fat!

Lastly, sorry to disappoint, but there is no such thing as spot reduction exercise. Through consistently eating with sound nutritional principles and following a complete balanced exercise program, a person can slowly but surely build a more toned physique.

Dr. Uche Odiatu, BA, DMD, is an NSCA and Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer and, along with his wife Kary Odiatu, a celebrated international speaker. Uche is also a lifelong athlete, a certified holistic lifestyle coach, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist. Uche and Kary are the authors of The Miracle of Health: Simple Solutions. Extraordinary Results. To learn more, visit