Well, guys and gals, I have some bad news…..you can’t spot reduced fat. What does that mean? That means that doing 1000 crunches a day isn’t going to get you washboard abs and 200 squats aren’t going to get rid of the cellulite on your thighs. It just isn’t that easy. Now I am not saying that crunches aren’t great for you, but it just isn’t enough. You can tone those muscles to perfection but if they are covered by fat then you are never going to see the definition. Now for the good news! We all know that cardio burns lots of calories and is great for weight loss and fat reduction but there are two other big pieces of the puzzle.
1) Weight/Resistance Training :
Weight training or resistance training (includes using your own body weight in plyometric moves) helps build lean muscle and MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!! Don’t skip the weight training ladies! You will lose 30% more weight if you incorporate weight training with your cardio! Weight training also helps boost your metabolism even after you are done working out!
2) Diet/Nutrition :
We have all heard it before but ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN! Changing your diet will help you lose overall fat and help those muscles show through. Now we all distribute our fat differently mostly depending on our genetics. There is no crazy diet secret or a magic pill or magic food. It is basic math….calories in vs calories burned!