Removing excess fat stored on the hips and thighs – Dr. Sly nedic elaborates…
Battle of the Saddle Bags
Excess fat stored on the hips and thighs (commonly known as ‘saddlebags’) can be a woman’s worse enemy. Unfortunately, many mistakenly think that exercise and diet alone can eliminate them. While it may indeed help, it must be noted that saddlebags are a actually a hormone mediated condition. Dr Sly Nedic elaborates…
Almost every female patient who enters my practice for cellulite treatment complains about those dreaded saddlebags – the body fat that sits under their buttocks and hamstrings. What’s worse; no amount of exercise or dieting can eradiate this.
Sadly, the truth is that these saddlebags are an epidemic in women of all ages and ethnicity – and is a complex problem which needs to be understood properly in order to be addressed successfully.
Understanding Saddle Bags
Saddlebags are simply a hormone mediated condition. A woman’s body is designed to store Gynoid body fat (which is estrogen dependant) for various reasons.
These Are The Characteristics Of Gyneoid Body Fat:
- Fully developed by 15 to 16 years of age (Ferin- et al. 1993)
- Stored in the hips, thighs and buttocks, and has distinctive visual and tactile qualities
- Optimal storage affected by environmental and heritable factors, nutritional status & ability to utilize energetic resources
- Rich in long chains of poly-saturated fatty acids (this is important for the development of the fetuses brain – as well as mobilization during lactation (Agostoni- et al . 1999)
- Women with a higher ratio of Gyneoid to Android fat (curvaceous women) are considered more fertile, have less risk of CVD and less cortisol reactivity. They’re also in overall better health.
Unfortunately in our modern society, Gynoid fat metabolism is disrupted by very dangerous molecules called Xenoestrogens – and these act similarly to our own natural hormone, estrogen.
Where Do We Find Xenoestrogens?
These foreign estrogens are passed into our environment through pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, fuels, car exhausts, dry cleaning chemicals, industrial waste, meat from animals (which have been fattened with estrogenic drugs), and countless other household and personal products. The problem is, we’re in contact with most of the above on a daily basis – and it’s all of these things that contribute to our saddlebags
In fact, they are also responsible for the increasing number of young women who suffer from severe symptoms of estrogen dominance such as PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, bloating, infertility, troublesome menstrual cycles, depression, endometriosis, mood swings and yes… even excessive weight gain! An increasing number of sporadic breast cancer is speculated to be due to toxic levels of Xenoestrogens in our every-day life.
Cause & Effect
There are several mechanisms involved in Xenoestrogen activity in our body. Chronic exposure to these estrogens contribute to estrogen dominance – and whenever we have estrogen dominance, there is a higher activity of beta receptors in Gyneoid fat tissue (which is responsible for vasoconstriction and increased fat deposition). This is what we often see in patients taking contraception pills or HRT. Xenoestrogens have a direct epigenetic effect on an estrogen receptor, and they disrupt endogenous estrogen metabolisms.
But one of the main problems is the overburdening of phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxifications with Xenoestrogens. This has a profound effect on the creation of dangerous estrogens. It’s this overburdening that may also decrease the clearance of Xenoestrogens itself. They are ready to ‘wander around’ and bind to an estrogen receptor.
Multiple vitamin deficiencies often found in a typical western diet, vegetarian diet (low protein intake), the use of chronic medication, low or increased stress levels, and affected gut detoxification all add to an altered liver detoxification. One can just imagine that in this situation, even our own estrogen and cortisol cannot be detoxified sufficiently – and thus, an overwhelming amount of Xenoestrogens just worsens the situation.
It’s very important to explain to the patient that there is actually no diet plan or exercise routine (no matter how rigorous) that can reduce the saddlebag condition. Liposuction can temporarily reduce this condition, but it will return as the underlining cause was not treated.
What Can Reduce Saddebags?
It’s best to consider it as a medical condition rather than an aesthetic problem, as it often correlates with other estrogen dominance medical problems. The patient needs to fill out the toxins questionnaire in order to identify as many xenoestrogens in their environment as possible. Blood tests confirming estrogen dominance and altered liver detoxification should be added.
Genetic tests to identify liver detoxification weaknesses can be done for more personalized treatments, especially in patients who are already eating organic food – but have high levels of estrogen dominance (history of sporadic breast cancer, etc).
General Tips for Reducing Saddle Bags:
- Filter your drinking water and drink from a glass bottle
- Eliminate plastics by storing your food in glass jars, cook in stainless steel pots and pans, and unpack your vegetables from the plastic packaging’s
- Eat organic food
- Reduce medications (contraception pills and conventional HRT)
- No spray / fake tans (it’s packed with xenoestrogens)
- Drink water every hour (approximately 1.5 litres)
- Eat free range steamed protein for every meal (including breakfast) – then fill up on cruciferous and other vegetables. Snack on fruits, nuts and seeds (GMO free, organic)
- Use supplements to increase phase 1 and 2 liver detoxification (prescribed by a physician. Self-medication and old fashioned juice detoxification is not advisable, unless it’s done under a physicians supervision)
- Supportive aesthetic treatments with cavitations can be used to decrease fat deposition in saddle bags