As a trainer, I always had a lot of people (especially women) come up to me and grab or jiggle a certain part of their body, (usually their arms, belly or thighs), and say ‘how do I get rid of this?’
A lot of big box gyms have made a killing running ‘hips, butts and thighs’ or ‘arms and abs’ classes giving you the illusion that attending that specific class will help remove the jiggle from those particular areas.
Unfortunately, that’s just not how the body works…isn’t that rude?
Our body decides where it gains the fat, and where it loses the fat, and generally, the first place you gain it is the last place you lose it (here’s looking at you, belly!)
What these specialist classes are doing is strengthening the muscles around your arms/abdominals/thighs, making them stronger and leaner. Muscle metabolises faster than fat causing you to lose weight more efficiently (which is why resistance training is more effective than cardio for fat burning). And once you have lost the fat, you will have more lean muscle, which will continue to build so long as you continue your exercises, which in turn will eventually lead to that beautiful lean and defined look you’ve been dying to wear.
But don’t be fooled into thinking going to the gym two or three times a week alone will achieve this look. It is equally as important to include a healthy diet to help you along the way. There’s no point in doing an intense workout and couple it with an intense binge session. They will cancel each other out and you won’t see those results you’ve been hoping for; so everything in moderation. The 80/20 rule is an easy way of looking at your diet. Eating well 80 percent of the time and treating yourself 20% of the time makes healthy eating more approachable.
- You can’t choose where to drop the fat
- ‘Hips, Butts and ‘Thighs’ classes is just great marketing
- A more defined body is a combination of consistent healthy eating and exercise
- You’re allowed to treat yourself every once in a while