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The 4 Types of Fat and the Most Effective Way to Lose Each

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Fat on the body can be a profound challenge, especially when you’re not sure how to get rid of it.  You may have tried many different strategies to no avail and that can be discouraging.

But knowing what you’re dealing with is key.  For example, did you know that there are 4 different kinds of fat?  Each of these demands a different approach, so we’re here to demystify the process of getting it off and keeping it off, with the best ways to do that.

Let’s talk about the 4 types of fat and the most effective way to lose each.


If you’ve ever heard the expression, “that must be Jello, cuz jam don’t shake like that!”, then you know what jiggly fat is.  More commonly seen in women than in men, this type of fat tends to accumulate on the belly, thighs and bottom.  In men, it tends to appear on the lateral abdominal area and stomach.

This type of fat responds well to exercise because it’s so lightweight.  Losing it more reliably measured in inches than weight.

Jiggly fat can also be addressed by fat-melting technologies like CoolSculpting or SculpSure, which kill fat cells giving fat nowhere to go, except out of your body via its natural processes.

Stringy fat

This type of fat is easy to pinch and less voluminous than jiggly fat.  It tends to concentrate in the back and sides and is tough and harder to budge than the first type.

While diet and exercise can help, the most effective treatment for stringy fat is SculpSure.  Fibrous fat tends to have been around for a while, giving it a chance to become compressed due to tight clothing. That makes it harder to get rid of than jiggly fat.


This type of fat is held directly under the skin, lending it the appearance of orange peel.  Because this type of fat is usually genetic, it’s difficult to lose, as it’s more of a physical characteristic than a target for weight loss.  Even thin people can have cellulite, due to this genetic factor.

Cellulaze is a new treatment which directly targets cellulite, reducing its appearance by targeting it specifically.  Essential to success in treating this type of fat is addressing skin quality and tone.

Visceral fat (around organs)

Visceral fat is the final and most difficult type of fat to address.  Because it concentrates around organs and is tough, lifestyle is the option best suited to removing it.

Key lifestyle changes can help you reduce this type of fat, which is dangerous to your health.  Getting more sleep is one way to reduce it, as well as changing your diet and stepping up your exercise regime.  With lifestyle changes, 30% of the weight loss you’ll experience from a 10% weight loss consists of visceral fat.

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Visceral fat loss is a matter you should take up with your doctor, but other types listed are something we can help with.  Contact us.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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