This Fitness Fantasy is Tempting - But Wrong
There’s one idea in fitness that almost everyone wishes was true: the idea that doing certain exercises can reduce the fat in specific areas. The underarm wiggle, the back fat, the saddle bags and the spare tire–wouldn’t it be nice if you could just do tricep extensions, rows, lunges and sit-ups to get rid of these? With0ut a doubt, if you stick to a workout regimen that includes those moves you will see a reduction in how much fat your body holds onto. However, you know just as well as I do that you can’t target fat reduction. So… let’s look at the good news!
Your body stores fat as a future energy source. What you see as too much here and too much there, your body sees as potential energy to be used soon! It’s just waiting there. Give it a reason to break down. Plenty of shows and articles can tell you that fat doesn’t melt away or excrete into a receptacle. (Trying to keep it professional, always hard.) Fat breaks down and you actually, eventually, breath it out as CO2. That in itself is incredible. Get out there and start breathing hard. Jump, push and climb! Just like trying to look at food as fuel for your body, it is also hard to see fat as a good thing. You need fat on your body to be healthy, but if you want less in certain spots, take this as another motivation to get out there and train.
You’re on track, you’re working out, but here’s the kicker to truly losing the excess fat. Your eating habits now have to change. Your body stored the fat for future use and now you’re using it! However, you fuel up every day, and the food that you just ate is a whole lot easier for your body to convert to energy than your previously-stored fat is. So stop the extra fuel deposits! This is not a recommendation to stop eating, please. By consuming an ordinary amount of food at specific times of day–a large breakfast, medium lunch, small dinner–you can kick start your body into a healthy cycle and find the natural balance of where your weight, and fat, should be.
So the only “spots” you need to really hit are the gym and kitchen. What those places will really do is increase your muscle tone and increase your satisfaction. Those ideas are absolutely spot on!
- Written by Erin Oprea
- Published: 11 March 2015