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Do excess carbs show up as fat in one area of the body and excess fat in another area?

Do excess carbs show up as fat in one area of the body and excess fat in another area?

Answer: No. While it is true that any food (carbs, protein or fat) can be stored as body fat when daily calorie intake exceeds expenditure, where the fat is stored is not determined by the type of food. This is determined by genetics and often gender. Women tend to store more body fat below the waist, while men’s fat deposits often accumulate around the middle, but this can change as we age. And unfortunately there’s no predicting where fat will leave the body first or last. Often where body fat is drawn from during fat loss is not the area you would prefer. For example, most dieting females prefer the body fat leave their posterior and/or legs, but often fat is pulled from the breast area long before the woman is satisfied with overall fat loss.

To prevent unwanted fat accumulation ANYWHERE on the body, be sure to eat fewer calories than you burn (or as many as you burn if your goal is to maintain your current weight) and be as active as you can.

For more info on spot reducing and other fitness myths, see Fact or Fiction? Enduring Fitness Myths.


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