Q: I exercise so hard, 6 days of the week and yet i cant get my stomach flatter and my upper thighs slimmer! What am I doing wrong and what exercises can i add for these areas?
A: unfortunately spot training is a complete myth, if you work hard on an area the fat on that area wont shift specifically, your body will draw energy from your entire body and this burns fat, lowering fat percentage. Certain areas will show sooner than others, like deltoids (shoulder muscles) and fat pockets will be more stubborn. In order to see fat percentage go on your problem areas, you need keep going, consistently! This will cause the fat loss to go systematically throughout the body over time and at a point cms will be lost on the problem areas. What you are doing by training a specific area is strengthening and toning that specific muscle so your muscle tone will improve and when the fat does shift on this area, your underlying muscle will be ready to ‘show off’! Always train all areas of your body, in different ways!
Things you can look at:
- most definitely your nutrition first! If the results arent coming it could be a problem with your eating plan or your dedication to it! What you put in, you get out
- your output is less than your input- in other words, you dont move enough to work off what you eat 😋
- you are following the same workout plan for the last decade, by switching up your workout you cause your body to undergo new stimulus and get a ‘shock’ the good kind haha, sparking new results.
- lastly, if you are doing all of the above and still not seeing results then have a look at your hormone levels
Have them tested (thyroid). Stomach and upper thigh fat can indicate hormone imbalance.Help these areas out by increasing circulation to the area (massage and scrub) and keep working hard! Consistency is key to stubborn areas!