Is it harder to lose weight in some places than others? The short answer is yes, but the details are a bit more personalized.
Everyone has those parts of the body that extra pounds seem to cling to, but those spots are determined mostly by your body shape and height. Many times, the places where you tend to gain weight are the first to go as you lose it. For example, if you notice weight gain in your face first, cutting back on calories should help tighten it again quickly.
So the first step to understanding where you hold extra weight and attempting to get rid of it is to consider your body shape. For a complete breakdown on losing weight for your shape, click here!
Also, if you’re one of many women who carry weight around your hips, butt and thighs, congratulations! That’s your body’s way of ensuring that you’re healthy and able to get pregnant at any time. Because of this, you’ll notice that those areas don’t budge during the start of your health and fitness journey as they are necessary for carrying and birthing a child.
So what can you do about it?
Unfortunately, spot reduction — targeting those stubborn fat pockets specifically — has been proven to be a fitness myth. You can’t head to an intense abs class at the gym and expect weight to drop solely around your middle.
As personal trainer Lecia Whitlock told CNN, “Asking your body to lose fat in one area is like trying to remove a cup of water from one corner of a filled bathtub. The overall water level will go down, but there won’t be a divot in one corner of the tub.”
Cutting calories and eating fresher, more natural ingredients will certainly speed your overall weight loss and will help you jumpstart fat loss in those pesky areas, but if your belly is a main trouble spot, you may actually be in luck! Studies have shown that exercise can help shed fat around your middle as it increases your metabolism and burns that visceral fat.
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So the true key to targeting your hard-to-burn fat? A smart diet, exercise and patience.