Does Spot Training to Lose Weight in One Area Work?
Just as no man is an island, neither is any one part of your body. Your body is a whole, with every part working together as it was designed to do. Your exercise plan should be treated as something that takes into account the whole body.
You’ve probably heard people talk about spot training or maybe you’ve seen some of the advertisements for it. This is a fad method that claims that you can reduce fat in one area of your body, lose weight only in that area and build muscle only in that area.
The fad claims that even as you’re shaping up in one part, no other part of your body will change. This has been scientifically debunked. When you lose weight through working out a particular muscle group, what you’re burning is fat because that’s how exercise works.
Your muscles use this fat during the workout, but your muscles don’t choose to only burn fat contained in one area of the body. Muscles don’t know they’re not supposed to burn assigned fat without trespassing to other areas.
For example, if you’re spot training because you want to lose weight in your abdomen, you may notice instead that it’s your butt that loses fullness. Spot training does not work. If it did, there would be a lot more people with six pack abs and doing repeated sit ups or crunches would always deliver six pack abs without leaving behind lumpy side handles on the abdomen.
What you can and should do instead is to focus your energy on an overall body strengthening and fitness routine. You don’t have to exercise until you drop and you don’t have to hit the gym to get a healthy, fit body.
You simply need the best plan to get your body fit. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or to sign an expensive weight training contract either. Look for exercise that will teach you how to exercise and strengthen your body all over.
The plans you look for should mention how to work with what you’ve got and what types of chest exercises would be best. It should cover the back as well as strengthening the shoulder muscles.
The biceps and triceps should be covered in the exercise plan. See what the plan offers as guidance for getting fit in the quadriceps, in the hamstrings and in the glutes. Look for a plan that will show you how to get firm abdominal muscles and make sure the plan teaches you how to do it all without the focus on only one area.
After you’ve selected a strengthening and fitness plan, make sure that you alternate the order of your exercise to keep your body from settling into a weight loss and fitness plateau. Check out the 2017 New Year Diet Success plan for some common sense guidelines on fitness training and dieting.