So it’s been three months since you’ve started working out consistently, tracking your progress, logging your meals, and writing down your workouts along the way, and you’ve seen amazing improvements overall. Your mood has improved, you lost 5 pounds, your waistline has dropped by two sizes, and life is good. But no matter how many bicep curls and bench presses you do, you still have those dreaded Goodbye Arms: that stubborn bit of flab under your arms that jiggle relentlessly when you wave. No matter how many crunches and planks you do, you still have a big chunk of belly fat. Why is this happening!?
Spot Reduction is the idea that if you target one area of the body, and keep working out that spot, you’ll lose the body fat that’s right there. Unfortunately, that’s just not how the body works. This is what we call The Myth of Spot Reduction. No matter how many crunches you do, if you have belly fat (as 99.9% of us do), your ab muscles won’t shine through without bigger lifestyle changes and time. The same is true for the arms, and elsewhere. Body fat works together throughout the body, for better or worse.
Doing abdominal workouts like crunches and planks will help build up ab muscle, but to lose that body fat in your stomach, you have to lose body fat everywhere across the body. In order to get rid of belly fat, you have to get rid of shoulder fat, neck fat, wrist fat, finger fat, ankle fat, and chin fat. The rate and order that the body burns fat varies for each person, and there is little way to predict it. Some may lose belly fat first, but keep it in the hips, while other just can’ get rid of a pouch.
Get a Move On
But don’t lose faith! Keep working hard and develop a full plan of healthy lifestyle choices including eating right for your body, and a balance of cardio and strength training. With time and effort, and good Goal Setting, your body will continue to tap into the energy stored in body fat, and keep working to get rid of the flab you’re aiming for. Keep tracking your progress, and work hard on your plan and soon enough you’ll get to where you want to be.