The 4 Types of Fat and How to Lose Each One

Hallie Gould
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Losing weight is hard, and keeping it off is even harder. I can attest to that fact. I've tried eating like Bella Hadid for a week, J.Law's fitness plan (yes, it includes pizza), and investigating how to lose weight based on my personality type. But through tons of research (and trial and error), I've learned fat loss is never as simple as calories in versus calories out. There are a ton of moving parts when it comes to losing weight successfully. Dr. Mitchell Chasin, the founder of Reflections Center for Skin and Body, explains, "Along with diet, exercise, and any cosmetic treatments, there's managing motivation levels, building your willpower muscles, and overcoming hormonal imbalances and genetic predispositions, to name a few."

Chasin continues, "One of the topics we don’t see enough conversation about is the different types of fat, and how your strategies for fat loss need to vary based on which fat you’re targeting." Doing so will help you choose the correct strategy—which means faster and easier fat loss, and more success when it comes to maintaining. 

Below, we delve a little deeper into each type of fat and the best ways to keep them off—for good. Whether you're interested in surgical options (no judgment), nonsurgical methods, or targeted diet and exercise, we've got you covered. 

For more weight-loss information, check out the time I tried (and survived) New York's five most popular workout classes.

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