Can you only target belly fat?

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to target only your trouble areas and loose the fat around your belly, arms or thighs? If you have searched the web for tips on how to loose your belly or how to loose fat around a particular body part you have heard the term spot reduce. Spot reducing sounds ideal, however the human body does not work that way. But don’t worry here are some tips from Healthline to help you look and feel your best.

 

  • Cardiovascular exercise: Cardio, such as running and cycling, uses large muscle groups and has been proven to be effective at torching calories. It may be particularly effective at melting stubborn belly fat
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT): HIIT involves short periods of intense activity immediately followed by a recovery period. Studies show HIIT may be more effective at burning fat than steady-state cardio
  • Whole-body exercises: Instead of focusing on one area of the body, whole-body exercise like burpees have been shown to burn more calories and lead to more fat loss than targeted muscle toning exercises
  • Combining exercises: Combining resistance training and cardiovascular exercise has been shown to be more effective at shedding pounds than just focusing on one type of exercise
  • Control your portions: Keeping portion sizes in check is key when trying to lose weight. One way to reduce your food portions is to use smaller plates or measure out serving sizes to train your eye
  • Fill up on fiber: Foods high in fiber, such as veggies, beans, fruits and oats, make you feel fuller and can reduce overeating. Eating a fiber-rich salad before your meals is an effective way to shed pounds
  • Limit processed foods and added sugar: Cutting back on processed foods like candy, chips, cakes and fast food is a must for weight loss. Ditching sugary drinks like soda, juice and sports drinks can help as well
  • Eat protein-rich foods: Protein helps keep you feeling full and may help reduce overeating. Studies have shown that eating a protein-rich breakfast can reduce snacking throughout the day and help you lose weight

 

Source: Healthline