You’ve seen the commercials haven’t you?
You know the ones I am talking about. The commercials that promise that if you take a product, use a cream or eat a certain food then you can lose body fat only in the stubborn area of your choice!
We’ve all contemplated buying into this hype. So don’t fault yourself, you’re not alone.
However, here’s the reality!
You Can’t Burn Fat in One Area!
Millions of women believe that they can spot reduce or lose body fat only in one particular area of their body. Just think about all the commercials and advertisements that promise to reduce cellulite (the appearance of fat cells that have escaped from your connective tissue matrix) by taking a few pills or by just rubbing a topical gel on the skin.
At some point in time, we’ve all purchased these products and have been hopeful that these products will work. I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, however, here’s the truth: you can’t spot reduce. In fact, I will go even further and tell you that you can’t change your fat cells into muscle tissue either.
Now that we have that truth out there, let me explain why.
You’re Born with Fat Cells!
Your fat cells never completely go away. Every woman was born with a certain number of fat cells in her body and, as a result of increased caloric consumption, stress, hormonal changes and a lack of physical activity, her fat cells grow.
When these stubborn fat cells grow, various physical changes occur that may be noticeable. A woman may no longer be able to fit into her clothing, and the numbers on the scale may go up. This is a result of her fats cells increasing in size.
Are You Still Asking Why?
I know you’re still waiting for the why. Why can’t you tell your body to only burn fat in that stubborn area. Here’s why:
Reason #1: Your Body Decides How To Use Stored Fat
When you exercise, your muscle tissues need energy to function. In order to supply your muscle tissues with sufficient amounts of energy, stored triglycerides are broken down into free fatty acids. These fatty acids are transported through your bloodstream to your working muscles. It is impossible to tell your body which fat cells to use energy stores from.
Reason #2: You Can’t Change Your Genetics
Genetics play a contributing role in where and how you store fat. Unfortunately you can’t change your genetics therefore, you can’t change where you are genetically predisposed to carry excess body fat.
Reason # 3: You Can’t Change Your Gender
Although where you carry body fat is contributed to by your genetics. Where you carry your body fat is also determined based on your gender. Women biologically carry more fat on their hips and thighs. The placement of body fat in these areas are necessary for childbirth.
In a world full of commercials, gimmicks and diet products that promise you to decrease body fat in particular areas of your body, you now have the truth behind this myth. Therefore, to decrease your body fat, maintain a well-balanced nutrition plan based on your caloric needs, stay hydrated to get rid of toxins and exercise at least 3o minutes five days per week doing moderate physical activities.
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Written By: Olympian, 13 x Wellness Author, Health and Fitness Expert Laticia “Action”Jackson
Featured on TV stations such as Fox 40, ABC 10, and NBC News as well as featured in over 30 health and fitness magazines such as Oxygen Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Strong Fitness and Flex Magazine as a thought leader on population health, women’s health and minority health, Laticia “Action” Jackson is a Fitness Olympian, 13 x Wellness Author, Globally Recognized Health and Fitness Expert and Owner of Well Content 4 U! Her passion is to help prevent chronic illnesses and empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being. take ownership of their health and well-being by providing relevant and evidence-based wellness information delivered through content, wellness workshops and online wellness programs. Learn More about Laticia “Action”Jackson Here!