“ugh! I’ve got the worst back fat.…”\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n”I can’t wear those. I have too much back fat.”\r\n\r\n”Sometimes I can get my bra to cover my back fat….”\r\n\r\nYeah, you know you’ve said all of these, or a variation of one, at some time or another. You’ve heard your friends say this too. No matter how hard we work out, or how many diets we try, that pesky back fat never goes away! WTHeck is it with back fat? And why does it always become sooo obvious underneath our clothes??\r\n\r\nThere are a lot of reasons for what we call “back fat.” Oprah’s buddy Dr. Oz explains the reason for back fat, yet it seems like the only way to get rid of it is to do some sort of medical procedure. The idea of simply exercising off the back fat ain’t gonna work. And even if you build up the muscle underneath (as I did years ago) you could end up with bulgy muscle rather than bulgy fat. Shapewear is a great solution, and often works…\r\n\r\nHOWEVER…..\r\n\r\nOne of the biggest reasons for our back fat problem/embarrassment happens to be our poorly-made clothes rendered in cheap, stretchy materials. Think about this: a lot of what we wear these days is some sort of stretch jersey or ponte knit(what we used to call “polyester knit.”) These are both soft and often amazingly stretchy and unforgiving materials. The cheaper the jersey or knit, the more it’s going to cling to every bump and bulge you have or think you have. The cheap stuff can cling in such horrid ways that you can actually think you have more fat than you really have! Buying a cheap jersey or cheap knit in a larger size in hopes that it will “float” over the fat ain’t gonna work either. What more material will do is bunch up and potentially create an even bigger back fat roll\r\n\r\nAnother reason for the look of “back fat” is that most of our clothing isn’t tailored to our bodies. Because most of what is offered to us and what we buy is this stretchy stuff, it supposedly doesn’t need tailoring. But if you happen to be not the height of the average fit model (which is about 5 ft 7in.) you will have excess material that, depending on your body type, might bunch up. That bunching isn’t your fault. It’s that there’s too much material. If you or someone you know is able to make a dart or alter the back of your dress to fit your back configuration, you may have less or no back fat at all.\r\n\r\nA slip can sometimes help disguise the back fat problem. One would be quite surprised at the numbers of women who don’t know about slips–not to mention that they may be not only hard to find in stores but also terribly made of cheap materials.\r\n\r\nToo tight foundation garments or a too tight waistband on jeans will also give you a “back fat” look. A bra band that is too tight will certainly cut in and create a roll of fat above and below the bra line. Simple solution here: buy the correct bra size. As for jeans, go for a mid-rise rather than a low-rise waist. Even if you buy jeans that are low in the front with a slightly higher back, you will end up with some kind of a roll–this time in the front, over your waistband, like a pot belly instead of a muffin top. Also, do not cinch your belt so tight that it creates a roll. If your jeans are so loose that you feel the need to cinch them so tightly, it might be time for a new, smaller size. Be glad you’re smaller and don’t give yourself a “roll” where you don’t have one. :)\r\n\r\nSo, what can be done about “back fat”? Here are a few simple steps to take\r\n\r\n1. Do not buy clothing that clings too much. This is often not possible, esp. if you’re on a budget, so….\r\n\r\n2. Purchase a slip or two, and a camisole or two, in good materials or\r\n\r\n3. Purchase good foundation garments (I prefer the Flexees brand. Cost effective and great control.)\r\n\r\n4. Make sure your bra fits correctly, and do not cinch belts too tight to create “rolls.”\r\n\r\n5. Get the garment tailored-OR\r\n\r\n6. Learn to make simple alterations (like back darts) in a sewing class.\r\n\r\n7. If you can, avoid cheap materials by purchasing better quality clothing in your correct size. If a garment is too big or too small it will accentuate whatever “back fat” you have.\r\n\r\nThese simple steps will go a long way to getting rid of that pesky “back fat” without surgery or excessive exercise. Give it a try!