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’
“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!