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Where does the fat come off first? Second, and last?


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Newbie here.  I'm not overweight, but the typical person looking to lose 10 pounds as I've reached 40 years of age and in a years time went from a weight of 122 to 132.  I want to lose the 10 pounds and maybe a few extra to put me back to the weight of my 20s about 118.


I have a bit of tummy fat (it's more on the hip area), muffin top but nothing major.  I have a bit of back fat/bra fat, that's very slight, and only noticeable with say a work-out top that's a tight fit. 

My boobs, I'd love to lose a bit.  In the last 5 years they've seemed to get a bit larger, and I'm not into it.

Question?  Where does fat come off first.  I've read so much about the fat burning off from 1200 calorie diets and lots of exercise, but not much reading about the fat and how it comes off. 

Is it gradual, and does the fat come off all areas of the body at the same time.  Or is it more likely that the fat reserves are burned off in the tummy area first, then the back area, then the bust area?  Is there any rhyme or reason to where the fat comes off first?  Have studies been done to see where people tend to lose the fat first when dieting and exercising, or is it a crap shoot and some people lose it in the waist first while others lose it in the chest?

THank

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Many women find they lose their boobs before their behind, since the bust is a major fat deposit zone.  For most, this is distressing, but sounds like that is exactly what you want.

Its a crap shoot.  I have lost over 20 pounds and not gone down a cup size.  Everyone is different.

clharr,

when you lost 20 pounds where did you notice your fat coming off first?  waist, butt, arms, legs?

generally, where it went on first is where it will come off last.

It started in the arms and torso (but not my DDDs), then it progressed to the hips/butt (something of a suprise to me since I traditionally lost there last) and then finally started on the waist (which used to be one of the first places I lost).  I chalk the switch between waist and hips up to menopause.  It seems to make women retain fat in the waist even if they didn't before.  Isn't getting old fun?

I gained first in my stomach which had always been flat.  I lost, first my stomach.  Then my rings were loose, then my shoes and then my watch.  That was 30# ago.  Now it's a general all over slow loss. 

I've measured monthly for the past yr.  My waist and hips have lost the most.

I think I lost in my face, chest & arms first... went down a cup size, but that doesn't bother me too much (was a D, now a nice C).  Then it seemed to come off my butt because everyone comments on my saggy pants at work (don't have too much of a bum).  Now it's coming off my thighs & waist... working on toning them up.

honestly, the first place i lost was my wrists! What an odd place, I didnt even know they stored fat. Then around my knees and thighs, then cup size (I was a B to begin with and now I am an A...for me its an unfortunate side effect) and FINALLY tummy. And now I noticed that my muffin tops have started to disappear. hurrah!

The last place you put it on is the first place it will come off, so if you've always had a belly but just recently gained some boobs... Prepare to lose them and don't be surprised when the tummy's the last to go.

I first started noticing that none of my jeans fit around my hips anymore.

Then I went down a cup size, and then I think in generally I became a lot more toned throughout.

But everyone's different =)

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i just found this: Facts: If you have seen many people with thin legs and a fat belly, or the opposite, more likely it is so not because they want it but because this is their body structure (which they probably don't like at all). When you lose fat, this happens in a pre-defined order. First, fat disappears from the face and the breasts. The belly and the hips come next. The thighs and the upper-arm usually are the last ones affected and for many women these areas never become fat-free.

Original Post by shirin_ie:

i just found this: Facts: If you have seen many people with thin legs and a fat belly, or the opposite, more likely it is so not because they want it but because this is their body structure (which they probably don't like at all). When you lose fat, this happens in a pre-defined order. First, fat disappears from the face and the breasts. The belly and the hips come next. The thighs and the upper-arm usually are the last ones affected and for many women these areas never become fat-free.

 This is how I lost my weight.. Down to a "T". The first 30 pounds came off just like this found fact. In this order.. Now! I have to kick my butt 10 times harder just to lose the rest, and the first 50 pounds was like a walk in the park. Losing weight, and having a pear shape body at the same time is hard....  The bottom is always the last thing to go....:0)  

I am most def. a pear shape...hah

I lost first on my belly and arms...and now I am starting to lose on my hips/thighs. It's going very slowly though.

Original Post by shirin_ie:

The thighs and the upper-arm usually are the last ones affected and for many women these areas never become fat-free.

Never? Aaarrggh! I want rock-hard thighs and triceps and now you're telling me this may never happen? Those are definitely the places where the fat hangs in the tightest but goddamnit I will rid myself of it! ;)

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I'm a newbie to this site, also. But NOT to the weightloss game, unfortunately.  Last year, I went to a weight-loss doctor; lost 30 lbs under his care. I also started working out at a gym; cardio one day and cardio and weights the other. I lost in my upper arms -- still jiggly, though, dadgummit; hips and waist; thighs -- in that order. Then, I stopped going to doc, gym and let my job (teaching 2nd grade) get the upper hand. So now I'm giving it another go . . .

 

I did lose in my wrists, to the extent that my watch kept sliding out of place!

 

Good luck to EVERYBODY on getting rid of the jiggles. (Hip adductor and abductor machines at gym help on that upper thigh thing; check it out.

good thing you WANT to loose some chestsize because most women find themselves a little disappointed with their small chest after loosing weight- like myself- i only lost 10 lbs and a full cup size!

everyone is different but expect the muffin top to be one of the last things to go- love handles usually dont disappear until a rather serious reduction in body fat

Simply, males store fat in an "apple shape" (i.e. the "beer belly" fat that is directly on the belly), females store it in a "pear shape".

For males the "apple fat" is much much easier to lose than losing "pear fat" is for women, but is far more dangerous than the fat women carry on their hips (ie. the "pear fat").

Typically the hips are a very difficult place to lose weight from unless you are busting your bum in the gym!

Compare to the other postings. I am weird. I lost 20 lbs. in 6-weeks. now I dont have a butt, my thight are smaller. So lets say I look like an upside pear. I would like to lose 50 lbs total. So I still have ways to go.... I need to work on my chest, back, tummy, & arms.

 

Original Post by mrneville:

I think it comes off my wallet first: (health club, fresh food ...)

 LOLTongue out

I never found that to be the case, but then I have 2 advantages:

1.  a gym at my workplace

2.  I love to cook, and liked healthy food to start with

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