Back fat, you can’t easily see it, but you know it’s there. It’s not just something that affects ladies of a certain age, or if you’re plus size. No, back fat can affect us at any age and even the slimmest of physiques. But what exactly causes it, can you easily get rid of it and what can be done to conceal it? In this post, we’ll explore these three issues and help you smooth out any unsightly bulges and achieve a smooth silhouette.
What is back fat?
You may be wondering why the fat cells have been deposited here. After all, we spend most of our teens focussing on our tummies and thighs, so why has it suddenly gravitated to the back of our torsos? There are certain factors that can contribute to fat accumulation in the back, these include:
- hormonal issues
- a sedentary lifestyle
- a diet high in fats and sugars
- sleep deprivation
Although occasionally indicative of an underlying health issue, for the majority of us it just appears, is annoying and difficult to shift. Back fat accumulates in three different areas: your upper back, making bulges appear around your bra strap; your middle back, appearing as rolls between your bra and the top of your jeans; and finally, your lower back, which will spill over the top of your waistband and create the dreaded ‘muffin top’.
Although difficult to get rid of completely, there are ways you can improve your lifestyle to smooth out these unsightly curves as well as plus size shapewear fixes that provide instant body contouring and shape enhancement.
Can you get rid of back fat
Improving your diet and exercising will always enhance and tone your physique. When it comes to exercise, there are several routes you can follow:
This is amazing for honing curves and strengthening your core. By standing taller you’ll not only improve your posture, helping correct alignment of your spine and improving the shape of your back.
High intensity cardio and high intensity interval training
High intensity exercise regimes are excellent for burning calories and improving overall fitness.
Targeted gym workout
Incorporating the following back exercises into your workout regime will help you target specific problem areas:
- Mid torso – wide grip lateral pull down and seated cable row are excellent for upper and mid torso training.
- Upper back – resistance training with dumbbells, including lateral raises and posterior deltoid raises. Lying lateral pullovers are also good for targeting the upper back and shoulders.
- Waist and lower back – side bends and oblique crunches, as well as the underhand cable pulldown are excellent for toning these regions.
Plus size shapewear fixes
Sometimes the reason back fat can appear is because you have a poorly fitted bra. Always make sure you’re wearing the correct size bra by getting correctly measured. A band that’s too tight will naturally cause spillage, so increasing your band size will easily solve this issue. There are also other features you can look for in your bra to help minimise unsightly lumps and bumps; specifically, bras with a wider band or a scoop back. Good plus size bras will not only provide an amazing level of support for the more well-endowed among us, but they will also feature wider bands, underarm panelling and thicker straps to help improve contouring and eliminate any unnecessary bulges. Another tip is to make sure that the shoulder straps are giving you the correct amount of support, but not cutting into your flesh.
If your back fat is more of an issue, or appearing at mid or lower torso, then you’ll need to invest in some plus size smoothing shapewear. High waisted control briefs and panty girdles are excellent for controlling that muffin top, while a plus size bodysuit will ensure smoothing control from the shoulders to the hips. If you’re looking for help mid-torso as well as lumbar support then look no further than a plus size corset. These foundation garments are amazing for waist cinching and providing postural support. Remember that by improving your contouring and lines, your clothes will fit better, you’ll feel more confident and that will show in the you walk, the way you talk and carry yourself. So investing in some of these key pieces is definitely worth the investment.
If you’re interested in plus size shapewear then here at Elle Courbee we have a fantastic range for you to choose from. Consult our plus size blog for more ideas – it’s packed with useful information and will help direct you to the right products for your lifestyle and wardrobe. You can shop our plus size collection here or contact us on [email protected] for further help and advice.