Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Why Haven’t I Seen Results from Working Out and Eating Right?

In an ideal world, all of those articles that promise us our dream body if we eat right, exercise several times a week, drink green tea, and perform the latest “miracle cleanse” would all be true. Obviously, we’re not living in an ideal world. We live in the real world, where genetic predispositions, hormones, and age control the distribution of body fat… And where dieting down to a very low body fat percentage in order to banish stubborn fat is usually more dangerous than it is healthy.

This is not to suggest, of course, that we can’t maintain a healthy body weight via natural means. Barring a medical issue, most of us can (and should). There are, however, a number of obstacles that stand in the way of achieving the “ideal” body this way, such as:

  1. Metabolic factors.

Our bodies instinctively react badly to being deprived of food. (And of course, when you look at our evolutionary history, this isn’t exactly shocking.) When we lose a significant amount of weight, our metabolisms slow down as our bodies desperately try to hold onto their stores of energy (AKA fat). This makes it extremely difficult for most of us to safely and healthily lose those “last couple inches” of stubborn belly fat.

  1. Genetic factors.

Unfair as it may be, sometimes our genetics simply work against us. If you’ve ever seen a thin person with a distinct double chin or love handles, you know that nature doesn’t always get her proportions right. If you’re genetically predisposed to having one or more deposits of stubborn fat, they’ll probably remain present in some capacity even if you’re quite slender.

  1. Motivational issues.

Because we’ve been led to believe that we’ll somehow obtain the perfect body if we just behave well enough (i.e., eat “whole” foods, do cardio, and so on), most people end up disappointed by dieting. Sure, it may shed the pounds, but it just won’t produce the really attractive shape and obvious muscle definition most of us want. This realization leads to a loss of motivation, a lack of effort, and inevitably, weight gain. In fact, numerous studies have shown that people who have cosmetic surgery following weight loss are much more likely to keep the weight off than those who don’t.

This naturally brings us to the real solution for stubborn fat: Liposuction. If you’re battling metabolic or genetic challenges, liposuction is the most effective way to safely get rid of your remaining “problem fat.” Remember: There’s no shame in turning to cosmetic surgery for assistance. You’ve done the hard work of weight loss, after all— now it’s time to reap the reward. Contact Dr. Florence Mussat for a liposuction consultation today!