I'd like to address the issue of "stubborn" fat. I'm referring to love handles and lower abs for men; hips/thighs for women.
What I'm about to share is not original, nor is it comprehensive. But I keep seeing similar questions come up here in this section of the forum and maybe this will help.
Let me first make this point: you don’t need to worry about “problem areas” until you have already achieved relatively low body fat. Like it or not, “stubborn” fat will be the last to go and it won’t go until other fat deposits have been significantly reduced.
I’m bringing this up because it isn’t unusual for someone to ask a question about how to get rid of love handles. But their picture or stats reveal they aren’t even close to the kind of shape you need to be in before those final fat reserves will be tapped.
Please understand—I’m not trying to demean or insult anyone. I’m just wanting to be honest so you won’t get frustrated or get conned into thinking there’s some kind of magic trick (like an ab machine).
Now, let’s assume you are already fairly lean except for a problem area. I’m aware of a couple of issues that make stubborn fat more resistant to the standard diet/exercise strategies:
1. Alpha Receptor Sites:
Stubborn fat areas tend to have more alpha-2 receptor sites than other areas. These sites basically inhibit lipolysis (the releasing of fat from the cell).
You’ll also notice that stubborn fat areas are often cool to the touch compared with other areas of the body. Circulation seems to play a role in breaking down these fat cells.
A supplement strategy:
There is a supplement that can help with both of these issues (especially the alpha-2 receptor site issue): Yohimbine HCL. But the proper dosing and timing is important. You need to take about .2mg/kg. This will seem like a lot, since most brands only carry 2.5 mg tablets.
Here’s another important point: this supplement must be taken in a fasted state or some other time when blood sugar levels are low. Yohimbine and insulin compete for the same receptor sites, and insulin will always “win.” Taking this supplement after eating (when the body is releasing insulin) is a waste of time.
Yohimbine also seems to help with circulation, which is why it is often touted as a “male enhancement” supplement.
Diet Training Strategy:
Fasted training and intermittent fasting seem to have some hormonal advantages for targeting stubborn fat (I won’t go into detail in this post, but hormones like catecholamines come into play). With that in mind, it seems Yohimbine is a good complement to strategies involving some form of fasting.
Last but not least, you still need an overall negative calorie balance to get rid of stubborn fat. Yohimbine won’t help if you are consuming more calories than you are using. Your body will not use fat with a positive calorie balance.
Here’s one of my articles on Yohimbine: