You haven’t eaten carbs in over a month… you climb the Empire State Building on the Stairmaster every day… you’ve tried every diet pill on the market… but you just can’t get rid of that stubborn “erf”. The Exercise Resistant Fat that sticks to your hips like frosting on a Cinnabon! The saddle bags that you carry every day even though you don’t own a horse. The pudge that just won’t budge.
If you’ve truly got a case of the erf, you’re going to need a new strategy if you want to get rid of it. Not to say that you’re wasting your time at the gym, because that’s good for plenty of other reasons, but you need to know that this excess adipose will win the battle against exercise every time.
All hope is not lost though… there are ways to deal with the erf.
Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures performed today, and is still the uncontested champion over all kinds of fatty foes. For smaller erf’s, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in an hour or two, and when a talented (and qualified) plastic surgeon is doing the suctioning, it will be totally gone by the time you leave the office. Larger erf’s might require a trip to the operating room for the greatest level of comfort, but you’re still guaranteed to wake up with a result that would have been impossible to get in the gym.
Laser liposuction (SmartLipo, CoolLipo, SlimLipo, etc) is a newer, widely-publicized, version of the gold-standard technique of traditional liposuction. Some believe that the newer technique may lead to less bruising and soreness, and possibly to better long-term results than standard lipo, but it’s not entirely clear whether these benefits are real, or just good marketing on the part of the companies who sell the equipment. Long-story short, it probably doesn’t matter which technique you choose; you’ll likely get great results with either one. The jury is still out on whether the laser makes a difference, but you can always count on the fact that liposuction will take the “rrrrrr” out of the erf.
There are several technologies that don’t necessarily involve a trip to a plastic surgeon, but also don’t necessarily do away with your muffin top. Thermage, Velashape, and Ulthera are a few of the brand name fat fighters that you can get at any high-quality spa. There are no incisions, no cannulas, no bruising, and no discomfort with these techniques, but there is also no guarantees that your erf is going to be gone by the time you get home that day. These procedures require multiple treatments over several weeks (or months), and will probably still leave you staring at your erf in the mirror trying to convince yourself that you see a difference.
No need to despair over what the Stairmaster can’t fix. Eat right, exercise, and know when you need to suck it up, and suck it out!