“Its a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you to breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that that’s enough”
The last 4 weeks have flown by! It is hard to imagine that my baby is almost a month old! Throughout this pregnancy and my previous one, I was always amazed that my body could stretch and change enough to carry a child. How does it do that?! But what is even more amazing is how the body recovers. I went from belly so far out I could push the shopping cart with it to just a little pooch in a matter of days. Seriously, amazing!
However, whats not so amazing is the loose skin and pooch that we are all left with. Which brings me to my topic today: Is spot reducing fat possible?
I would love to tell you all that you could go do 100 crunches a day and your belly fat would disappear but that is just not how it works. Here is the deal:
We can ‘spot’ train any area of the body. This works the muscles in that area, making them more toned and leaner or bigger depending on your goals. Any kind of training you do to a muscle is going to change it. But, the muscle in an area and the fat in an area are two separate organs.
Fat is simply a ‘blanket of energy’ covering your body. We can not actually do any ‘work’ to our fat. If your body needs energy, and does not have any from what you have eaten, your body will use your fat (this doesn’t mean eat nothing or little). The body will use fat across the entire body, not just one area. Typically our bodies will lose fat from the top to bottom. Meaning, you will see fat loss first in your face and upper body then lower to your stomach and legs.
Those Abs you are wanting to uncover, are made in the kitchen!! You can work, work, work in the gym but if the nutrition is not there, your ‘blanket’ will never go away. Eating right is about 80% of the game.
That being said, It is very important to still work your core muscles (and any other muscles that is covered by your blanket). Building muscle will up your metabolism, create a leaner figure, and aide in losing fat when your body is ready (and when it is, all those muscles you worked will shine through and create a toned figure). Our Abs are our core of every movement. By creating a strong core, you can thrive in other areas of movement. A strong, tight core will slim your waist by tightening up your muscles.
This takes patience and patience sucks! Time and effort will pay off, trust the process. While I would love to get down and do some core work and lose my baby pooch, I know that eating right will be the ultimate best thing I can do for that!
If you want to lose fat in one area of your body:
Lift weights – Eat right – Give it time
Learn to enjoy your body at every stage that it goes through. Like the quote above, isn’t that enough? Go live life with the body you have! Don’t wait for the body you want to go chase those dreams. Chances are, while you are out living, your ‘dream body’ will show up!
I am strong. I am capable. I am powerful. I am beautiful.