It can be considered urban slang and can cause a few chuckles, but FUPA is no laughing matter to women who are afflicted with it.
FUPA stands for "fat upper pubic area" and describes excess fatty tissue or loose skin on or directly above the pubic area. While it can be hidden by regular clothing, it's much more conspicuous in swimwear or fitness clothing.
What Causes FUPA?
A variety of factors can be cited for the development of excess fat in the pubic area. In some cases, it's simply a matter of genetic predisposition, while weight gain and loss can be a contributing factor, as well. It's also commonly found in women after having children, but other factors — including stress and diet — can cause FUPA.
How Can I Fix It?
Here's the good news. There are a variety of ways to get rid of a FUPA, with many of them simply involving changes in your lifestyle or exercise habits. Here are some guidelines:
Ease The Stress
When you're stressed and anxious, fat collects in your midsection as a means to deliver nutrients to your vital organs more easily. That's why it's important to engage in stress-relieving activities such as yoga and meditation, or anything that helps you relax.
Studies have shown that foods rich in vitamin C help ease elevated stress hormones.
Not only does Greek yogurt contain calcium, which helps your body break down fat, but it also contains an amino acid that promotes fat loss.
Your FUPA-fighting diet should also include blueberries, which have high antioxidant levels and help reduce fat in the stomach. Add blueberries to your greek yogurt for a delicious, healthy snack.
Eat Healthy Fat
Healthy omega-3 fatty acids (found in foods like fish, walnuts and flax seeds) have been proven to reduce stress hormone levels in your body.
Mix Up Your Workout
Instead of always sticking with long, slow cardio, add high-intensity interval training to your workout three times a week. An example of this would be jogging at your normal pace for five minutes, running as fast as you can for one minute, and then repeating the process. Studies have shown that it sheds nearly double the calories of a normal cardio routine.
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