Everybody has those one or two problem areas that cause them the most pain and discomfort. Now, I am not referring to actual physical pain- but the type of pain you come across when you look in the mirror and it hurts you emotionally to see that extra bit of fat hanging over your trousers. Or the pain that is brought to you when you lift up your arm to grab something and the fat doesn’t seem to stop moving, even when your arm does; yes I’m talking about those annoying bingo wings that just wont go away!
Wouldn’t life be great if we could spot check our weight loss, and only lose the weight in those one or two problem areas that cause us the most grief?
This would be an amazing concept, and would probably cut the weight loss process in half, but unfortunately, this is not possible; not unless you are currently in the waiting room to unadvisedly undergo liposuction that is.
Weight loss is unfortunately one of those things that your body has complete control over deciding which location it wants to remove the fat from. Although you may believe that doing those 100 crunches a day will get rid of your belly- this sadly isn’t the case.
Studies have shown that working a particular area does not remove the fat from that specific location, this is because muscle cells cannot directly use fat as a source of energy. The fat cells must be broken down into glycerol and free fatty acids which enter the bloodstream, therefore the fat that is broken down can come from any part of the body and not just the area being worked.
Another reason we are unable to spot check our weight loss is because the exercises generally involved in targeting specific areas of the body cannot burn the amount of calories needed to lose any substantial amount of weight.
Baring in mind that 1 pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calorie’s, you would have to do an awful lot of sit ups to be able to burn any noticeable level of fat in that particular area, if it were even possible.
Now don’t get me wrong, sit ups are a great way to strengthen your abs and give you a more defined look, but sadly even if you were to do 500 sit ups a day, without combining it with a healthy diet or any other form of exercise, it will not help to remove the fat from around your stomach.
If you really want to lose weight in those problem areas, the best way to do so is by losing weight overall. The more weight you lose, the more you’re likely going to lose it from your specific area of choice. Jogging for an hour everyday is more likely to shed those unwanted pounds than doing 100 sit-ups. This is because moderate intensity cardiovascular workouts are a much more efficient calorie-burner.
Even though weight training does help aid weight loss, and it is important to maintain your muscle mass as this is the only way to achieve a sexy defined look. Getting involved in a moderate intensity cardiovascular workout is definitely the best way to reap the greatest results when it comes to weight loss.
So if you were hoping that all you had to do was a couple sit-ups to lose the fat around your stomach, sorry to tell you that weight loss involves a little more effort that that. Maintaining a balanced diet, combined with strength and cardio workouts are the best and healthiest ways to help remove any unwanted weight from your problem areas. Keep this up and it will allow you to be able to eventually look in that mirror and forget about the pain you used to experience, and replace it with a smile.
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Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.