This is one of the most popular questions and misconceptions in the fitness industry. The answer, simply, is “NO.”
People with relatively big bellies want flat stomachs, others with thick thighs want skinny legs, some folks want toned arms and bubble-butts. Basically, most of us want what we don’t have – whether we need it, or not.
With help from social and mainstream media, we’ve come to believe that something is wrong with our bodies if we have big thighs, or if our bellies are bulging, or if our arms are flabby. And although there is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel great, I believe that we are taking the wrong approach when it comes to our bodies.
Now, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that, in most of our cases, there’s nothing really wrong with our bodies. Most likely, the problem is that something is wrong with our eating habits or lifestyles, but so far, our bodies are handling it like a boss. Big stomachs, or thick thighs, or fat arms are just consequences of our habits. There’s no doubt that you and your body can benefit from losing excess fat. However, the bad news is that, unless you suffer from an illness, your body is relatively happy with having a big belly, or wide hips, or even flabby arms.
From a physiological standpoint, crunches and sit-ups won’t do anything other than exhaust and tighten the muscle group known as the abdominal wall. Being obsessed with sit-ups or crunches won’t give you the six-pack you’re dreaming about unless you change the lifestyle that led to your having gained some excess fat.
Now, let’s look at your body’s performance from another angle. Your body’s relationship with fat is a lot like your relationship with finances. You deposit your income into a bank, also known as checking and savings account. In the same way that your checking account supports your lifestyle, a certain number of calories and fat burned by your body sustains your daily activities. Your body stores the excess calories (and, consequently, the excess fat) and sends it to different areas when it is needed. This is your body’s savings account. Some people carry their “savings” around their waist, others on their hips and thighs, and others on their arms. So, despite your poor opinion of your body, it really likes the parts of itself where it stores and sends the excess fat.
Now, how do you think your body’s going to lose the belly fat or turn your thick thighs into skinny legs?
There are 12 systems that make up the human body: the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, muscular system, skeleton system, nervous system, reproduction system, integumentary/exocrine system, lymphatic/immune system, and renal/urinary system. The systems all work together harmoniously to feed your body and to help it grow and thrive.
By doing crunches and expecting to lose only your belly fat, you are also expecting your body to cut the “supplies” it requires to feed and grow particular parts of your body.
For example, by wanting to lose the belly fat just because you don’t like the way your stomach sticks out, do you also expect the circulatory system to stop delivering the nutrients to your stomach? By expecting to lose the fat on your thighs because your pants are too tight, do you also expect the respiratory system to cut the oxygen flow to your legs? I mean, seriously, how is your body going to do that?
Just as with your personal financial approach of depleting your checking account funds before depleting your savings account, your body will experience noticeable changes everywhere else before seeing a difference in your perceived “problem” areas. In the same way that your circulatory system delivers nutrients to your whole body, exercise will simultaneously burn calories and, consequently, fat. In order to experience any loss of fat, the number of calories burned throughout the day has to be greater than the intake. But, since your body has stored more fat in certain areas than others, it is normal for you to notice new definition where less fat was deposited than where more of the fat has been stored. Doing crunches and expecting your stomach fat to decrease is like eating your dinner upside-down and expecting the nutrients to be delivered only in your upper body.
Just as your body stores fat in different areas, it does the same with energy. Human bodies are like batteries. The issue is not only about burning calories, but also about releasing the stagnant energy within our bodies. With a different approach to movement and fitness, one can help release the stagnant energy within our fat pockets. In my opinion, that’s the easiest and fastest way to spot-reduce and to burn your belly fat.
Since everyone is different and has different energy requirements and abilities, it is impossible for me to generalize this unique approach to movement and fitness. It offers the best results through individual consultation and evaluation. Therefore, if you are tired of not seeing the results you want and you’d like to be introduced to my unique training style, please take advantage an offer I am extending for a limited time, only.
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Leo Frincu is a world wrestling champion, author, speaker and performance coach for business leaders and athletes worldwide. To learn more about his training philosophy, check out his latest book, “WELCOME HOME, 3 Simple Steps On How To Reach Your Highest Potential,” available on Amazon and iBooks.