When it comes to weight loss, there is an incredible misconception about how one should lose weight.
You can’t just decide you want to lose weight. You first need a plan and second, need to find something that works for you. You also need a goal as per what you’d like to achieve.
Failing to plan, is like planning to fail.
When setting up a plan for yourself, you must be specific about your goal. What does weight loss mean? It could be many things. Do you want to lose weight in fat, muscle or bone mass?
Some lose bone mass because of calorie restricting, going on crazy juicing diets, as well as cutting out major food groups, or not receiving the proper nutrition that is fit for their body.
Unfortunately, women especially, result in calorie restricting and carb cutting during their ‘diets’. Women tend to think they’ll lose a lot of weight while doing so, but on the contrary, it will only make their body’s frame smaller, meaning it will reduce their muscle size and decrease their bone density, which isn’t healthy at all, yet it will reflect as weight loss on the scale.
If your goal is fat loss, however, you need a new approach than the traditional one. You need to commit to a well-balanced diet, an active lifestyle, as well as workouts that target fat.
What Type of Exercises Target Fat Most Effectively?
If you’ve tried it all and are still struggling to lose that stubborn visceral fat, that most women tend to hold onto, you need a new approach. The following workouts have been proven to be most effective for fat loss.
- Crunches: Not just the standard kind, but any crunch you can think of. Even though some experts have debunked crunches for fat loss, as some believe you must commit to cardio first before attempting any ab workout, these are very effective. Crunches are the number one fat burning exercise and target visceral fat quickly.
Why not mix it up? Try incorporating regular crunches, side-crunches, twist-crunches and reverse crunches. These will target every muscle in your core. Adding a few reps of each every day will get you those abs in no time!
- Core Twists: Adding core twists to your workout is not only good for your spine, but it’s also good for losing those awful love handles that, let’s face it, we all hate. Combining twists with other exercises is best for fat loss. Adding dumbbells to your workout sure won’t hurt either!
Try adding lunge twists to your workout and add a pair of light, to medium, sized free-weights to your workout and you’ll be burning a lot more fat than just on your core. Also add rolling plank twists to your workout, as it targets the muscles of your hips, abdomen, as well as your lower back. Not only will it help you shed fat, but it will also make your lower back stronger, which will enable you to do core workouts and go about your day more effectively.
- The Stomach Vacuum: As a low-impact exercise, the stomach vacuum is a girl’s best friend for losing fat. It involves adding emphasis to your breathing, rather than increasing your heart rate. It allows for the engagement of your deepest core muscles, which will help you lose fat most effectively.