A topic that is often talked about is, how to get rid of fat in a certain area. They want to know how to firm up or tone up a specific body part.
If you ever watch TV you will know that there are always adverts for new exercise products that will give you the abs or muscles that you’ve “always wanted” and by “using it only a few times per week”! Companies put out product after product trying to get you to buy into their hype and with ads like the above, why wouldn’t you think you could target fat loss?
The Secret to Targeting Fat Loss
The real secret to targeting fat loss in a specific area is…..through proper DIET.
You may have been expecting me to write some mind-blowing revelation on how to get six pack abs through an amazing 10-minute abs workout. But, unfortunately it is through a combination of proper diet alongside an exercise regime. You can complete workouts on certain areas and EVERYONE has muscles – but unless you are eating a proper balanced diet to compliment your training you will not physically SEE the muscle if it is being covered up by a layer of fat.
You cannot target fat loss through exercise
You cannot target fat loss through exercise. Doing situps is not going to give you six pack abs. Doing butt blasters is not going to give you buns of steel. You aren’t going to get “toned” arms or legs simply by doing leg or arm workouts. You’ve heard me say before that weight loss is 70% Diet and 30% Exercise. With healthy eating and exercise you will slim down and tone up but if you are hitting the gym and keep targeting certain areas with the hope of popping muscles and not looking at what you are eating, then STOP and reassess.
The secret to “targeting” fat loss in the stomach area – DIET
The secret to “targeting” fat loss in the inner thigh area – DIET
The secret to getting a firm butt – DIET
The secret to getting toned arms – DIET
The secret to great looking legs – DIET
Do you see a pattern here? Healthy eating combined with a calorie deficit is the only way to target fat loss. Getting that calorie deficit is ideally done through exercise.
Fat loss is systemic – not localised
To better explain this, take your typical arm workout. Maybe you are doing some curls in the hope to have “toned” arms. As you are lifting the weight, your bicep sends out a signal that it needs energy – fat and glycogen. This energy is used both for lifting the weight, and used to repair muscle tissue.
When your muscles send out this “I need fat” signal, your body releases all sorts of fat-burning hormones and chemicals into the blood stream. Within seconds and a couple of heartbeats, these fat burning chemicals are dispersed throughout the entire body.
They start pulling fat from all over the place – from the fat in your midsection, to the fat on your fingers. It would be great if your muscles would just use the fat from the surrounding muscle, but that’s just not how it works. When I was almost at my goal weight, the two last places where the fat left were my upper arms and my fingers. Near the end I had a size 10 -12 figure but with size 14-16 arms and lower tummy, and it wasn’t until I had dropped a further stone and a half that I almost in one go seemed to even out to a size 8-10 all over!!
Thing to remember: We can’t tell our bodies where to deposit fat, so why would we think we can tell it where to remove it?
Understand What Being ‘Toned’ Means
Being toned means nothing more than having muscle and having low body fat. There is no exercise that accomplishes this by itself. Your goal should be to build muscle in the most efficient way possible, and then use proper nutrition to remove the fat covering it.
If you don’t want to get bulky, then you have to watch what you eat. If you put on muscle but do nothing to decrease your body fat (diet), you are going to look bigger. However, if you workout and do squats and other highly effective compound movements, and couple that with a great diet and a calorie deficit, you are going to start seeing the true potential of your body.
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