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What is Subcutaneous Fat?


Subcutaneous fat is the fat just under your skin. It's the kind that you can grab and pinch between your fingers. Subcutaneous fat collects mainly around your hips, butt, thighs and belly.


Both types of fat can be difficult to lose. Some factors that make fat hard to lose include:

  • Insulin resistance: Visceral fat is correlated with insulin resistance, which can make it hard to lose both visceral and subcutaneous fat.

  • Weight loss strategies: People with lots of subcutaneous fat often make the mistake of trying to spot-reduce the fat by, for example, doing lots of abdominal exercises. This strategy is less effective than trying to burn fat throughout the body.

  • Inflammation: Some research suggests that visceral fat releases cytokines that increase inflammation. This inflammatory response is linked to weight gain and may increase subcutaneous fat.


Ways of reducing subcontaneous fat include swapping some carbohydrates for protein, doing aerobic exercise, and managing mental health issues.


Everyone has some subcutaneous fat, but lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, as well as genetics, affect the amount of subcutaneous fat each person develops. People are more likely to accumulate both visceral and subcutaneous fat when they,

  • are sedentary or spend a lot of time sitting,

  • get little or no aerobic exercise

  • have little muscle mass

  • eat more calories than they burn

  • are insulin resistant or have diabetes


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