Spot Training: Possible or Myth?
You’ve probably heard the claims that you can change your body overnight with this brand new gadget or exercise program.
Lose the belly!
Banish your trouble zones!
Drop stubborn fat off your thighs by drinking this special shake!
There are so many gadgets, supplements, nutritional products and exercise programs on the market these days telling us we can lose the fat off our thighs, arms, and belly, it’s no wonder we’re more confused than ever.
But, can you really lose fat from specific places - and not others?
A recent study looked compared the results of women who focused on diet changes only, and those who made dietary changes but also did abdominal strengthening exercises.
Researchers wanted to see if the addition of abdominal exercises had any bearing on belly fat loss.
And, the results? Both the exercising group AND the non exercising group saw almost identical results!
All of the participants lost overall body fat, reduced their BMI, and lost belly fat. The women who added abdominal exercises were no further ahead at reducing belly fat (or overall body fat) than their non-exercising counterparts.
And, the takeaway? You can’t pick and choose where you want your body to lose fat.
Our bodies are each unique and they store fat differently based on our individual situations. When we lose weight, our bodies decide where it’s going to keep fat and where it’s going to release it. Factors such as our age, gender, hormones, and genetics all play a role in how and where our bodies store fat.
But, can you “spot tone”?
So, if you can’t spot reduce certain areas of your body, can you “spot tone” them? Well, sort of.
If you want to achieve that 6-pack look, you can start working on your core training regime. Over time, you will gain strength and build muscle. However, if you’re still carrying a layer of body fat over your abdominals, you won’t be able to see this hard-earned definition.
Furthermore, only training one or two specific muscle groups on your body is not the best way to train. All the muscles in your body work together to move us safely and efficiently every single day.
So, what actually works to shed body fat and tone “trouble areas”?
What actually works are full-body resistance training exercises and focusing on larger muscle groups with simple bodyweight exercises, such as:
Long story short - increasing your overall fitness level is the key for a toned, strong physique.
Nutrition is the magic bullet!
The one thing that both groups in the previously mentioned study had in common was a change in dietary habits. I know - shocker!
The bottom line is really that the food we consume (or don’t consume) has more effect on your bottom line.
A balance of proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies will give you a strong advantage in reducing your overall body fat.
Sorry if this wasn’t the “magic bullet” you were seeking, but nutrition really does play a huge part in (re)shaping our bodies.
All about Water Workouts Guide
Since pool workouts are fun and can be done with or without equipment, they provide better encouragement to workout because you are also having a good time. This makes it much easier to stick with your workouts!
In this guide, you will find different options for water workouts, from how to get a better workout while swimming, to types of moves you can do in the water with your family. Get my guide now!