09 Jan How do I drop fat from my abs, butt, and thighs?
I wanted to share an answer to the most interesting and asked question in the health and fitness industry.
Enjoy the read, I hope it serves you well.
Q) How do I drop fat from my abs, butt, and thighs?
A) This is done through a process call spot reduction.
Spot reduction is known for targeting fat from a specific area of the body through certain exercises with specific muscles in the desired location. An example would be exercising your abdominal muscles to shed fat in or around your midsection.
The same goes for all areas of your body that you are struggling with. Spot reduction allows you to focus on the specific “trouble spots” instead of wasting time on everything else.
Ok cool, so how does it work?
I am sure some of you may have heard that exercising a specific part of the body where fat is stored will not direct the body to use fat from those specific deposit areas. Why would someone even say that? Well, because it’s true.
What do you mean by that last statement?
Let me explain. You see, resistance exercise will increase size, strength and muscle endurance in the muscles trained. Sit-ups however will not eliminate the body fat around the abdominal muscle.
Even though core exercises will build up the abdominal muscles, you will only push the fat out further as hypertrophy occurs. To actually lose fat in that specific trouble spot, you will need to include proper nutrition.
The same principle is true for other areas of the body. A thought may be to use a certain exercise or the latest tool in an effort to “tone a flabby area,” which is actually fat. The area can only be reduced when good nutrition is combined with a full body exercise regimen.
Here’s a thought:
Include exercises for each part of the body to tone, strengthen and increase size, if necessary. Don’t waste your time on unproductive exercises that are not relevant to your actual goal.
Reduce your body fat with the correct amount of food intake and the minimum amount of exercise to accomplish change. Then, you may increase exercise and tighten up nutrition to continue fat reduction. This will prevent overtraining and allow your body to adjust to this new way of life.
Great, I’m losing some body fat, but not around my…
Even though body fat decreases while following a good nutrition and exercise program, you have no control over where it will come off first. This is genetically predetermined for each individual.
Some of you may lose it from the torso, legs, buttocks or face first. You may become discouraged when you are losing fat, but not in an area that is your primary goal.
Most of you will quit right before your body is about to drop the fat from your desired area. So with that, I say keep going with the healthy lifestyle and stop pouting.
Do the right thing and right things will happen.