This is a question I get asked almost daily: How do I get rid of the fat on my _____ (insert your favorite trouble zone here)?
The short answer? You can’t spot reduce, so you’ll need to reduce your overall body fat in order to target your personal problem areas.
I know, I know, it stinks that you can’t choose where you lose – most of us would like a slimmer waist but a larger bust, but it just doesn’t work that way (unless you are a) genetically blessed with that body type or b) surgically enhanced).
While you can’t spot reduce, you can build metabolically active muscle all over to boost your metabolism and burn more calories around the clock, which can help you reduce your overall body fat and eventually reduce the area you are trying to target.
You don’t want to just exercise that one part of your body because not only can cause muscular imbalances and/or overuse injuries, it’s just not an efficient way to accomplish your goal. Instead, make your primarily focus finding a balanced workout routine that trains your entire body evenly and includes a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility training at the appropriate levels and intensities for you.
And remember, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. If you aren’t fueling your body with the right foods or taking in too many calories, it’s hard to create positive changes in your body. If you need to lose weight, focus on making small calorie cuts where you won’t miss them and add in more nutrient rich, energy providing whole foods as often as you can.
Finally, don’t forget that training your entire body and fueling with healthy foods is about so much more than slimming your thighs or waist — if you can put your energy into building and maintaining a healthy, energetic and fit body, you can’t help but look good too!
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