Updated: May 9
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Elaine loves her consultation calls with you ladies (book yours below) but losing belly fat is still something most of you are confused about. A lot of ladies keep asking her in their sessions for specific workouts to target belly fat - which isn't our fault because Tiktok/Youtube & Instagram fitness has completely misled us all about how the human body works.
Elaine fell for the ab workout BS too earlier in her journey; but at the end of the day you could do 1000 ab crunches a day for the rest of your life and not lose a single lb or see your waist shrink. WHY??
Because you CANNOT target or spot reduce fat in the human body!
Unless your ab crunches are putting you in a calorie deficit (which they're not), you won't lose a single inch. The ONLY way to lose belly fat is through a calorie deficit; and even when you're in a calorie deficit your GENETICS choose when you lose the belly fat during your weight loss journey.
For those who are not familiar with the term “calorie deficit”, here’s an explanation:
“Let's tackle the basics of weight loss. The human body follows the Laws of Thermodynamics, also referred to as energy balance. Energy is expressed in calories – the calories we burn through exercise, other movements, digestion, metabolism and the calories contained in food and beverages.
Weight loss occurs when there's a calorie deficit – that is, the calories you take in are fewer than the calories you burn. The body then mobilizes its calorie stores from fat tissue, glycogen stores, and lean body mass to fuel all metabolic processes to keep you alive.” ¹
Understanding this concept should be the first, and most fundamental, brick in anyone’s path of a healthy weight loss journey. While it won’t harm to do a quick 10 minute ab-blasting session, I just want you to know that it won’t magically give you shredded abs by the time you get out of the shower.
“Although professionals know spot reduction is a myth, many people still believe that it is possible to choose where fat can be lost on one's body because of the constant misleading information fitness settings and the internet are providing. The scientific consensus among fitness experts and researchers is that spot reduction is a myth. This belief that spot reduction is possible has evolved from the idea that gaining muscle increases metabolism, resulting in fat reduction. People think that fat loss in a specific region could be targeted by building muscle around it. Studies have shown that it is not possible to reduce fat in one area by exercising that body part alone. Muscle growth in a region does not reduce fat in that region. Instead, fat is lost from the entire body as a result of diet and regular exercise.”²
I get it - we all would like to believe that there is a “magical” pill/diet or exercise routine that will just drop the weight for you and turn you into a thicc king or queen with a snatched waist and all the muscle gains ever. But that’s not the reality we live in. When it comes to wholesome ways to be healthy and fit, patience, consistency and effort is what gives us the results we long to see in the mirror.
Wouldn’t you feel very proud knowing that you, yes YOU, can commit to your weight loss journey by pushing your limits and staying consistent to see the mind-blowing results?
If you feeling stuck in your weight loss journey and not sure where to start?
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¹ Barefield Ms, K. R. (2022). Weight Loss Plateaus & Strategies to Overcome Them. NASM. https://blog.nasm.org/fitness/weight-loss-plateaus
² Unknown, U. (2021, October 29). Spot reduction. Wikipedia. Retrieved April 6, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot_reduction
Written by: Andrea Thelen of AuthenticAndrea44