Why You’re Not Burning Fat (Even With Exercise) – And How You Can

Amaris B.

Archive Date:

Aug 2, 2019

Updated On:

Apr 25, 2023

The reason behind stubborn fat pockets explained and how you can wave goodbye to them.

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Everywhere you look today, you see articles and tips on how to get rid of a jelly belly and bingo wings or achieve defined abs. But try as you might, sometimes you can’t seem to achieve the results you desire no matter how many push-ups, sit-ups or lunges you do.

Stubborn pockets of fat are often the hardest to get rid of, and doing targeted spot exercises don’t seem to be the answer too. In fact, research has shown than when the body burns fat, it doesn’t just use the stored fats nearest the muscles that are being flexed and used. Instead, the body burns fat from the entire body. So while working only on a specific muscle group might help with your overall fitness, it won’t result in an obvious reduction of fat in that particular area. Essentially, you can’t control which fat stores your body burns.

In addition, there is also a common misconception that you can transform your fat into muscle. But the truth is that fat and muscle are different types of tissue, and that you can’t trade one for the other no matter how clean you eat or how strenuous your exercise routine might be.

Studies have found that you need to burn the fat to reveal the muscle that you have been building up beneath. But even then, that might not always happen as stubborn layers of fat can be very hard to remove.

The good news is that there are easier ways to help you get rid of that muffin top, lower tummy pooch or even bingo wings.


Marketed heavily locally in recent years by slimming salons, medical spas and aesthetic clinics, Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis) is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that literally freezes the fat cells. It is done under controlled freezing temperatures, which causes the fat cells to undergo a programmed cell death. These crystallised fat cells are then naturally eliminated by the body.

There is no downtime with Fat Freezing, so you can get right back to your regular schedule immediately afterwards. And as it takes time for your body to eliminate the crystallised fat cells, results are not immediate and may take a few months before you can see the subtle difference. Depending on your clinical conditions, you may require multiple sessions in order to achieve some subtle differences.


But when exercise, diet and non-invasive treatments such as Fat Freezing offer no solution in sight, surgical fat reduction via Vaser Liposuction might be what you need.

Vaser liposuction, available in Singapore since 2007, allows Vaser-certified physicians to create body contouring with the assistance of patented ultrasound wave energy. Vaser liposuction only breaks down fat tissues, leaving other important connective tissues such as blood vessels largely undisturbed; hence reducing the risks of bruising or bleeding. It is one of the most sought-after fat reduction technique worldwide and is clinically proven to be able to remove fat tissues in a gentler manner as compared to traditional liposuction.Even better? This treatment also delivers enhanced skin retraction to help you achieve smoother and more defined contours.

More importantly, when compared to other fat-removal techniques, Vaser liposuction offers fast and significant results with ease, including a quick recovery with minimal downtime.


Both Cryolipolysis and Vaser liposuction are not weight loss treatments, and should not be treated as such. Aftercare is just as important, so don’t forget to continue eating healthily and exercising regularly to maintain your newfound figure.

If you are embarking on the journey to better yourself and to improve your body confidence but are not sure which options are suitable for you, it is best to seek advice from medical professionals who are experienced in the field of body aesthetics.

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