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“How do I get rid of the fat in my (x) area?”

Thursday, April 19, 2007 by  
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April
19
2007

As of this morning I’m down to 202.8 pounds and probably right around, or just below, 9% body fat. Probably the most frustrating part of being at this particular stage in my cut is that my whole body looks very lean except the area just below my belly button. In fact, because the rest of my body is so tight right now, I think the fat below my belly button is more prominent than ever. There’s absolutely nothing I can do about that fat except continue to diet and lower my overall body fat percentage.

One of the most common questions asked by people who are new to proper dieting is “How do I lose the fat in my (x) area?” Short of surgery, you can not spot reduce fat. Your genetics are what determines where fat is stored and where it comes off. Most men tend to store fat first in their mid-section, and that’s usually the absolute last place it comes off. That’s why most men need to be at sub 10% body fat levels in order to have their abs showing. My particular genetics “force” my body to store a disproportionate amount of fat in the area just bellow my belly button. I wish that fat was spread more evenly over my entire mid-section, but that is not the genetic hand I was delt, and there’s not dang thing I can do about it! Crunches and leg raises will help strengthen your abdominal muscles, but will do absolutely nothing to burn the fat in that area (apart from the relatively small amount of calories expended while doing the exercise). Abs really are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. It’s all about dieting until you reach a body fat percentage that allows your abdominals to show through. These exact same principles also apply to women, only most women tend to store fat in their thighs and hips first.

I’d better wrap this up and get going. It’s going to be a busy day…

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