Weight Loss Myth #5

YOU CAN SPOT REDUCE FAT

You’ve seen them in the gym (or maybe you’re guilty of it yourself?), the woman who spends so much time doing countless crunches in hopes of burning off the ab fat. Or the one who dominates the inner and outer thigh machine because she hates her saddle bags. Sorry girls, but the only way to spot-reduce fat is through liposuction.

When you exercise, your body taps into energy stores from all over your body, not just one isolated area. As discussed in previous posts on this issue, your body is constantly using stored body fat  as a source of energy to fuel your entire day, including your workout. Unfortunately, you cannot direct your body to chose which fat stores to take the fuel from. To lose unwanted fat from one trouble spot you have to work the whole body.

If you’re like the woman in the opening example, overexercising one body part, you increase your risk for suffering an injury. While having a strong core is important for posture, balance, and performance in your sport of choice, overdoing the abs can cause them to overtighten leading to back problems. The best thing you can do for your body is get at least 30 minutes of cardio at an intensity that gets your heart rate about 70-85% of its max, and strength train your whole body 3 times a week. This is the best way to create a calorie deficit and increase your body’s metabolically active tissue, which will raise your metabolism 24/7. Over time you will notice that your trouble spots are not so troubling.

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