This Is Why You Lose (and Gain) Weight in Different Parts of Your Body First

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I recently had a conversation with my mom about how our bodies fluctuate, particularly when it pertains to our weight. "My face always thins out first," she told me matter-of-factly, which had me question whether or not her observation carried weight (excuse the pun) or if the change is more obvious because the face is more outwardly conspicuous than, say, your midsection. But in thinking about my own body, I always notice weight gain in my stomach and thighs more than any other area. In turn, I find it increasingly more difficult to lose weight in those areas and will instead lose weight in a random section like my upper body while my thighs and stomach remain virtually the same. The body's ability to transform is equal parts fascinating and frustrating, and the more I thought about it, the more I needed an answer: Why doesn't the body lose and gain weight in a steadier, less concentrated manner—or, is this not the case at all and just seems that way? Below, I tap several nutritionists and fitness experts for the skinny on weight loss and gain.

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