The Truth About Losing Fat on Your Stomach
Do you know anybody who does not wish to get rid of the fat on one particular area of their body? I have not met anybody like that!
"If I could only get rid of my big belly"! "Oh, I wish my thighs were slimmer"! Does it sound familiar?
Even skinny people are often unhappy with the excess fat in some areas of their body. We've all seen those skinny men with huge bellies!
This common problem is accompanied by a widespread belief that you can lose the fat on a "problem area" by exercising that particular area. Some people do hundreds of crunches in attempts to flatten their stomachs, others buy the "miracle" ab gadgets and bulky "hip slimming" machines from TV.
Were you about to call the 800 number to buy the "latest and greatest" ab roller?
Hold on to your hard-earned money!
The belief that you can lose fat on a specific part of your body by exercising that area is a myth! Targeting the "spots" of your body for fat loss is called "spot reducing", and it simply does not work.
Exercising certain areas of your body will strengthen the muscles there, but it will not remove the fat from them. Your newly developed muscles will be hidden under the layer of fat.
What about those heavily pitched creams, wraps and rubber belts that supposedly "melt the fat away"? Those are just plainly scams.
The creams and body wraps can temporarily give your skin smoother appearance, but they will do absolutely nothing for fat loss. All kinds of weight loss belts, pants and other clothing will make you sweat, thereby causing some loss of water weight which is mistaken by most people for fat loss. But they will not help you lose even one gram of the actual fat!
There is no way to tell your body where exactly it should lose its fat.
Each person's body has its own unique shape and fat distribution pattern. The places where the fat goes first are, unfortunately, where it comes off last. So the only way to lose that fat is by losing weight in general.
The only healthy permanent way to lose weight is by making lifestyle changes to incorporate healthy eating and increased activity. When you do that, the fat will come off everywhere on your body, including those "trouble spots". And yes, you will then have that body that you always dreamed of!
Article provided by Melanie Mendelson
*This page is provided as an information resource and is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice.