'Site Specific Weight Loss'…… Fact or Fiction?
We are very happy to inform you that site specific weight loss is a MYTH!
So the next time you hear a friend in the gym say they are just going shave
a few kilos from their mid-section then continue to smack out 100 sit-ups,
or your girlfriend tells you she’s going to go and do some light
weight/high repetition squats to drop that troublesome weight from her hips
and thighs, you can let them know that they are wasting their time.
You consume from your diet, 3 macro-nutrients that your body uses as fuel, If you over-consume calories beyond what your body requires to fuel your training, recovery, and daily functions, you will store this excess energy in your fat cells. Depending on your diet, metabolic and hormonal state, this fat is stored as either visceral fat (fat stored around your organs) or subcutaneous fat (fat just beneath the skin). Imagine that under your skin you have a layer of bubble wrap that spans your entire body, the bubbles are your fat cells, when you eat an excess of calories in any form, it is stored as fat in these cells. As they fill up, they overflow and start to fill up the surrounding cells.
Thanks to our hunter/gatherer ancestors, it is in our genetic makeup to
store fat around vital areas of the body. For men it's the stomach and for
women unfortunately for them if you ask, it is the stomach/thighs/bum. This
design ensured that in a minor famine (which was frequent in pre-historic
days), we had a reserve energy source and our organs and baby if it were,
had a layer of fat there to keep them warm in the freezing temperatures.
From that bit of information it is easy to understand that when the body
loses or burns fat it does so in a systematic fashion. Most people lose
weight from the face and arms first, then the chest and shoulders, and
finally the stomach and thighs, and nothing you do contrary to what the
latest 'Women's Health and Fitness' or 'Men's Muscle Mag' informs you of
with the latest and greatest Abs/Butt/Thighs workout will change that.