Localised Fat Reduction

Localised Fat Reduction

A friend called yesterday and asked me that I want to reduce fat around my tummy. You tell me some tummy exercises. I replied,”you like dancing na, start with it”. She scolded me,” I asked for tummy exercises only”. Well, I said, “consider this If I ask you to do bicep curls with only one arm then do you think your one arm will look leaner then the other arm?”

I ask the same question from you. Do you ever tell anyone that ‘tera ek haath to patla ho gaya, now you work on your other arm’ :P

“I need to reduce the fat around my tummy and bums. Otherwise I am fine”. Haven’t we often heard something similar? Guess all of us have, especially while standing outside the changing rooms of shopping malls. We have lost count now.

Women seem to have greater fat deposits covering the glutes and thighs while men typically store excessive fat deposits around the midsection.

To deal with this extra fat we generally seek localized fat reduction techniques, unaware of a very important fact: localized fat reduction is a myth.

When we work out, we impose energy demands on our body. which stimulates various hormones and enzymes to metabolize fat. These enzymes and hormones gets consistently diluted in the blood to reach each fat cell(adipose tissue). Thus, all adipose (fat) tissues are stimulated simultaneously to release fat in the form of previously stored triglycerides, fatty acids, and glycerol

Since fat is lost evenly throughout the body, the areas where the least fat has accumulated are the first areas of the body to show visible results. These occurrences do not mean that these areas are losing fat faster than any other areas of the body; it simply means these are the areas where fat loss is more visibly noticeable.

So, please do not be beguiled to purchase any “muscle-specific” device or follow any muscle specific exercise to lose fat around that area. We need muscle specific exercise to tone or strengthen the muscle, i.e to see our abs pop out, we will have to do a lot of crunches(muscle specific exercise to pop out our muscles) but to reduce the fat around our abs. Every activity(energy expenditure) esp aerobic activity counts.  Read HERE

Get moving, cheers!

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30 Responses to Localised Fat Reduction

  1. Neha Padhi says:

    I am so glad you busted this myth,I have read about this in medicine and have tried so hard to convince people of the same,but nobody seems to believe me.this myth is so deeply ingrained in their mind as a fact,i guess. :(

  2. Ramya says:

    Superb article Nidhi!! “consider this If I ask you to do bicep curls with only one arm then do you think your one arm will look leaner then the other arm?” Ha! A whole lot of good ol’ common sense administered very well! :D
    I agree with Neha. I have tried telling my friends so often that its impossible to lose weight from only the tummy but they dont even listen!! And they end up doing crunches and leg raises everyday and finally complain of back pain. :| Aaaaarrrghhh!!
    BTW, am apple shaped. I gain fat around my tummy n tummy only :|

  3. Neha Padhi says:

    Dear Nidhi,
    can you please guide me on what to do eat pre workout,and how much time difference should be maintained between eating food and exercising?
    I do yoga mostly,beginner kind.

    • Nidhi says:

      Neha, yoga should be done on a relatively empty stomach. Which is the outcome of having your dinner early, sleeping on time, waking up to clear stomach, then have a fruit and go for yoga :)

  4. Ankita says:

    Another awesome myth buster article Nidhi! Keep going! Thankfully I do not need localized fat reduction as I need to reduce fat globally…..lol.. :-D

  5. Rajani says:

    nice Article Nidhi…

    is it good to do gym with empty stomach????
    like i have 2 cups of water and a cup of milk around 7 and do my gym from morning 8:30 to 9:30 and followed by my breakfast by 10 which usually chapathi/dosa/idly/poha…

  6. Nidhi Pandey says:

    Ha Ha “‘tera ek haath to patla ho gaya, now you work on your other arm’ Loved this line.. People donot understand this and buy muscle specific devices..just had a talk with someone who purchased an exer cycle because she puts on weight on the tummy n thigh area :)

  7. Vartika says:

    Nice article Nidhi with a good humour too ;-)
    Will surely turn up to you for any ‘health(y)’ advice :D

    • Nidhi says:

      Vartuuuuuuuuuuuu.. Welcome here :) Keep asking me such questions and I will keep getting ideas to put new posts :D.. Lovvve you shooo much!

  8. sreya says:

    addicted to your posts and loving them and the most important part i am actually following them. you know even my mom started taking suggestions from me and really loved your tips ghar ka khana and eat fresh.. i to was already impressed and now my full family is loving you and we all want some yoga videos to be practiced in home. :D :D :) goood going girl :P

  9. sri says:

    Hey Nidhi,
    Nice post. I am in the phase of reducing my tummy. Started walking daily morning and bending down to touch my toes. Do u think this will help. Pls suggest.

  10. Nidhi says:

    Yes babes.. All activity counts.. Carry on :)

  11. Sunshine says:

    Very nice article, Nidhi..

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  13. Priti says:

    I have started suryanamskar………. i have heard they work wonders :)

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  16. Pratibha says:

    Hi Nidhi,

    l m new for lMBB but l like to read your articles…You are doing really an awesome job…n thanks for this article…l gained lots of weight in past few months n my new year resolution is to get in shape so yesterday l joined a gym without any unreal demands hehehe…

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