Some individuals who change their diet and add more exercise to their fitness routine have an easy time shedding their excess pounds. However, others who make similar lifestyle changes have difficulty reaching their desired body weight and improving their heart health.
A new study from German researchers has found that the location of body fat may play a large role in determining whether or not lifestyle changes will make an impact on an individual’s weight and health.
Scientists from University Hospital Tubingen found that fat located in the liver or around the abdomen can be extremely difficult to burn of through exercise or eliminate with improved diet.
"You may have two individuals who weigh the same and have the same body mass index, but have very different levels of internal fat," said lead researcher Jürgen Machann. "Abdominal and liver fat are the two most important factors in predicting whether a lifestyle intervention will be successful."
He added that fat in these areas may also damage heart health to a greater degree, making it vital for doctors to pay attention to the distribution of their patient’s fat.