May I know if there have been journal article reviews or studies that deal with how the body decides where to accumulate or breakdown fat first, and the metabolic/endocrinal/molecular mechanisms behind this? This is not a straightforward issue, since "spot reduction" is widely agreed to be a myth. I'd like to know if this issue has been investigated scientifically. I cannot seem to find any journal articles on this, mayb I am searching with the wrong terms. Tried searching "stubborn fat" on Google scholar to no avail.
The ultimate goal of course is to use this scientific knowledge to control where the body accumulates or breaks down fat to achieve certain aesthetic/fitness aims.