This Explains So Much: Turns Out We All Have 4 Different Types of Fat

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I am by no means here to tell you anything about your body—your form is your own and there's no reason to change it. That being said, there are a lot of people hoping to tone various parts of their bodies, and that's fine too. Being healthy is an important life choice, one that's hard to maintain (I can attest to that fact). I've tried eating like Bella Hadid for a weekJ.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 creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself. Mitchell Chasin, MD, the founder of Reflections Center for Skin and Body, explains, "Along with diet, exercise, and any cosmetic treatments, there are 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 kind of 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 it. 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.