the fitness journal
Can I Target Fat in Certain Areas?
This is one of the most common questions that my clients ask me. Many people feel self-conscious and believe that a certain part of their body is too flabby, particularly following childbirth or a long period without any exercise.
As a rule, the answer to this question is ‘no’ because it’s tricky to target fat loss in specific areas. The good news is that if you want to lose fat from a certain point then you can simply focus on reducing your overall fat levels – a far healthier plan!
A Sustainable Approach
Focusing on general fat loss is a healthy and sustainable approach. Consider your body as a vehicle – it’s a sum of its parts and you want every part to be working the best it can for effective results and long-term use.
To start off with, you need to focus on nutrition and calorie counting. Fill your diet with delicious, colourful foods and healthy-sized portions to set yourself on the correct path to a healthier lifestyle. Once you have your diet and nutrition under control, you can start fine tuning your overall fitness plan.
Health and Hormones
It’s important to also understand your body and how fat works to know what you are dealing with. There are certain hormones responsible for increased fat storage in certain areas. By effectively managing these hormones, you will likely help to reduce fat in certain areas and overall.
One of the key hormones to consider is insulin. Poor insulin sensitivity will result in fat storage around the midsection – a common problem area. Excessive fat storage in this part of the body also will generally reduce your tolerance to carbs and exacerbate the issue.
Say No to Sugar
If you are looking to drop midsection fat, keeping blood sugar balanced and insulin spikes at bay will help. To do this, you need to keep carb intake down and cut sugar out entirely. Focus on proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. It’s much easier to create a flavourful diet using these ingredients than you might think.
Cortisol is another hormone that may slow down your fat loss and potentially contribute to midsection fat build up. Keep stress managed and sleep for eight hours if possible to encourage positive changes.