Women who have been fighting with the weighing scales will agree with me, it is not a cakewalk to lose weight from your “problem area”. That’s precisely why they’re called problem areas… because they have certain stubborn fat spots that just won’t budge. The usual places that women fight to burn down are thighs, tummy fat and upper arm fat, etc.
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Whether you want to blame your genetics or hormonal imbalances for putting you in that spot, that stubborn bulge will not leave you until you decide to overpower it. The good news is that you can reduce the fat in your problem areas with certain lifestyle changes. And also with a power boosting exercise regimen.
Here are certain problem areas and tips to tackle them.
Muffin tops: Unmanaged long-term stress causes the body to produce too much cortisol, which can raise blood glucose levels and cause a paunch to appear around your waist.
The remedy: Stubborn fat feeds off sugar and starch. Cut down on stodgy foods, and eat more colourful fresh vegetables, particularly the green and leafy varieties, and lean protein. The secret to losing abdominal fat is cardiovascular exercise – not crunches. Sit-ups and curls can surely build muscle, but it will remain hidden beneath the layers of fat. Consider jogging, swimming or cycling to reduce the fat by increasing your metabolism rate.
Back folds: Excess fat around the bra straps can be due to carb overload or a sign of a sluggish thyroid. This gland governs the rate at which you burn calories from food.
The remedy: Firstly, quit gorging on products made of grains and refined carbs such as white rice and pasta. Boost your intake of iodine to support your thyroid. Working out is vital; front crawl, breast stroke and butterfly stroke are especially good for getting rid of bra overhang while Pilates can help strengthen and define back muscles.
Chicken wings: Upper arm fat is an embarrassing and ugly sight and the main reason behind its existence is the toxins in the body and low testosterone levels.
The remedy: What you need is a calcium-rich diet which is associated with higher rates of fat oxidation. Stock up on yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, soya milk and the like. Have a protein-rich breakfast three times a week. Boxing and yoga can help.
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Thunder thighs: Genetics be damned for the pear shape! But apart from that, the female hormone oestrogen promotes fat storage around the top of the legs; hence the stubborn fat deposits.
The remedy: Include more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet and cut down on alcohol, fizzy drinks and pain killers. Eat more friendly bacteria and exercise regularly. Power walking, squats and lunges, are an efficient way to tone this area.