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No Miracles

So a person that goes by the name “Someone” posted a question on my blog asking, “I tried everything to make them [love handles] fade, but nothing works. Do you have any tips?

Any successful weight loss regime will consist of diet and exercise. As for the diet, you have to get rid of the junk and start eating right (Read the June 26th post).

As for exercise, my trick has been a combination of both weight training and cardio. I do 3 days of very focused strength training per week along with 3 or 4 days of cardio (20-40 minutes per day) on opposite days from my weight training. The 7th day is a day of rest. (I can give you more specifics about my workouts, you only have to ask).

A lot of people have asked about particular exercises to target love handles (or other problem areas). Contrary to popular belief (and exercise machine ads on late night t.v.), there is NO way to focus on one part of the body when it comes to fat loss. The human body just doesn’t work that way. Although you can build up a certain muscle by targeting that specific muscle, you can not target a particular part of the body when it comes to burning fat. In general it seems the last area to lose fat for a particular person is the first area to gain it. Gender also plays a role. Men tend to store fat on the abdominal region (hence the term beer gut and love handles) whereas women accumulate it around the hips and thighs.
Training either of these areas exclusively (attempting to reduce fat in only that specific area) in the hope of losing fat, in that area, simply does not work. Fat instead is lost evenly, because that’s how your body uses it. When burning fat, your body uses the fat stores throughout the body to provide energy to burn. It’s a bit more complicated, but basically that’s how it works.

Another misconception is targeted weight training. A lot of guys will work arms and chest one day, while working back and shoulders another. Although this is great if your goal is to build mass, but not if your goal is to lose weight. If your goal is fatloss, training every body-part with equal intensity coupled with aerobic/cardio training remains the most effective means of losing fat. On weight training days, I do not focus on only one area per workout. All of my weight training days consists of a full-body workout.

“Someone” pointed out that I lost my love handles from the before and after photos, but if you look carefully, the fat was burned evenly over the entire body, not just the love handles. Look at how fat my head was. geeez.

One more thing. Diet pills, fat burners, supplements that promise fat loss, especially those that claim they can target specific areas are stating nothing more than lies. If you look at ANY ad for these types of products, you will find a disclaimer that also states “When used in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise program.Well, duh. Change the way you eat, add exercise and save the money on the rip-offs. I didn’t use them and you don’t need them.

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One Response

  1. Hi Marcus, Dad tells us that we can eat regular Ice Cream, is that good for you? We also love to eat sweet potatoes and Cheerios. Pooping helps with weight loss too, and we\’re very good at pooping. By the way, Dad says you\’ll kill yourself on a dangerous bike like that. ;)

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