What Fat Deposits Where it Does and How to Get Rid of It

Even if you never gain weight, you can still develop fat deposits that are impossible to eliminate with diligent diet and exercise. The challenge of nagging problem areas becomes more difficult as you get older and if you gain weight.

At Pacific Wellness of Ventura, we understand what influences the way you carry fat and, more importantly, we can help you get rid of it with customized care that incorporates the support you need, whether body contouring, exercise, nutrition, or hormonal problems.

What you need to know about fat deposits

When you consume more calories than your body burns for energy, the excess calories are either converted into a sugar called glycogen or fats called triglycerides.

Glycogen is stored in your liver and muscles, where it’s ready to be used for energy. There’s only limited room for glycogen storage, however. Once those areas are full, your excess calories become triglycerides, which are stored as adipose tissue, or fat.

Fat is deposited in almost every part of your body. About 90% of your fat is found just under your skin, in a natural fatty layer that insulates your body and maintains your core temperature. You also have a layer of fat around your vital organs, which protects them from damage.

When you gain weight, it may be equally distributed throughout all the areas of fat in your body. It can also accumulate in common storage areas like your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms.

Determining where fat gets deposited

How you gain weight, or where your excess weight ends up on your body, is determined by:


You may already be aware of your genetic tendency. For example, the women in your family may gain weight in their hips.


Women naturally have more essential body fat than men, which is carried in their breasts, pelvis, hips, and thighs.


As you get older, your metabolism slows down, so you’re more likely to gain weight. You also lose lean muscle mass, and fat deposits begin to accumulate in different areas, primarily around your waist.


As women approach and reach menopause, the loss of estrogen significantly affects where fat accumulates. Normal levels of estrogen help you stay slim. Without estrogen, your metabolism drops, you begin to gain weight and fat storage shifts from the hips and thighs to your abdomen and upper chest.

Yes, you can get rid of problem areas

Exercise is vital for maintaining a healthy weight, but all the belly crunches in the world won’t whittle away a muffin top. Your body’s preferred pattern of fat storage persists despite diet and exercise, which is why you can get down to your healthy body weight and still have nagging pockets of fat.

At Pacific Wellness of Ventura, we have one of today’s most innovative ways to safely and permanently eliminate your problem areas:

SculpSure® body contouring

Belly crunches may not help you spot reduce, but laser treatment with the cutting-edge SculpSure can effectively do the job for you. The system uses a laser wavelength that’s absorbed by fat cells but safely passes through your skin.

As fat cells soak up the laser energy, they’re heated until they reach the temperature that destroys them.

After fat cells break down, your body naturally clears the waste out of your body, which means the treated fat is gone for good.

A SculpSure session only takes 25 minutes, then you can get right back to your usual routine without taking downtime.

You can use SculpSure to get rid of a double chin and to target problem fat in your abdomen, back, inner and outer thighs, and flanks (sides of your abdomen).

Medical and nutritional support for reducing fat

Although SculpSure is a great way to deal with persistent fat deposits, we have many other supportive options to help you reach and maintain your weight goal and to improve your overall health, such as:

Bioidentical hormone replacement

After testing your hormone levels, we can prescribe bioidentical hormone replacements to restore the balance of hormones that affect your weight and other aspects of your health, such as your muscles, heart, and bones.

Diet and exercise counseling

We’ll help you develop a healthy eating plan and an exercise regimen that fits your lifestyle and helps you reach your goals.

Nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals

A variety of nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals are available to improve your overall health, boost your energy, and help you maintain a healthy weight.

No matter where you tend to gain weight, we can help you reduce problem areas, fight aging, and find solutions to underlying hormonal imbalances. To learn more about our customized care, call Pacific Wellness of Ventura, or book an appointment online.

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