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23 Jan 2006

Toxic fat (as they call it)
Hi ,
I would really apreciate your help, i have as they call It toxic fat on my abdominal area, which i understand sit ups cannot get rid of. Is there perhaps another exercise that you could recommend that targets that area, or point me in the right direction if there is another alternative.

many thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there

The scientific truth is that one cannot "spot reduce". That is, you can't really try and reduce the fat around your stomach, thighs and abdominals by just doing exercises for those areas. Situps don't do it, and neither do any other type of specific exercise. This kind of exercise, using specific muscles only, actually burns fewer calories than exercising large muscles groups in dynamic cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming or cycling. In order to burn the fat, you need to do these types of cardiovascular exercises as least 4 - 5 times a week for at least 30 - 45 minutes. This will help to increase the amount of calories that you use and help to decrease your body fat.

Having said that, it is still important to do some strengthening and toning exercise and obviously to include exercises that make use of the muscle groups in your abdominal area. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. My advice with regards to the overall training, is that you check out the Fitness page of this site, then click on Programmes, and choose one of the Shape Up programmes. They are all cardio based, and they do include some weight training. Just remember, it’s the cardio that is the main ‘weapon’ against this fat, so stick with it, give it months to work (not weeks) and it will eventually happen.

Good luck

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