Bigger fat deposits on a particular area like thighs or abdomen are programmed genetically, some store more fat in lower body, some store more on triceps. It is usually triceps, thighs and buttocks for women and abdomen for men.
The reason this topic drew my attention lies in my wish to understand what exactly causes this ‘genetic’ predisposition to store more fat in one area than another. This information might seem too radical to people who are used to think that there is no way to change your ‘genetics’ and spot-reduce, but it is a new twist in research and why not give it a thought?
The information is taken from the Inside Fitness Mag, but I have seen a few articles on it already, and you can do a little research of your own if you’re interested.
Charles Poliquin, the founder of Poliquin Performance Center, believes that there is a reason for every fat deposit we have. Once you know what exactly causes these deposits, you can change the way your body stores fat and therefore, spot-reduce. According to his methods, there are 12 Biosignature modulation test sites which show you where you have bigger fat deposits. By identifying these sites you can find the reason that lies behind your flab and target those areas specifically. And of course, targeting them doesn’t mean doing numerous crunches or triceps extensions.
Going in accordance with the original article, I am going to list four of the most common sites, so let’s have a look.
1. Abdominal Fat
The culprit of storing fat in abdomen is usually cortisol, a stress hormone. Even if you don’t have fat deposits anywhere else, increased stress [cortisol levels] decreases insulin, thus making you crave sugar and store abdominal fat. To target your abdominal fat you first have to learn how to cope with stress and also learn how to work out. Because prolonged cardiovascular exercise is known to raise cortisol levels, treadmill and elliptical for an hour will unlikely help you shed abdominal fat. Poliquin advises to focus on weight training instead and do short bursts of cardio in the form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), alternating periods of sprinting and walking for 20 to 30 minutes 3 to 5 times a week. He also suggests reducing daily intake of starchy carbohydrates and supplementing with fish oil (Omega-3).
2. Lower Body Fat
Poliquin suggests that your body stores excess fat on thighs and hips if it holds onto excess estrogen. [To me, personally, it makes sense, because estrogen is essential for women to be fertile, and it is also essential that they have adequate body fat levels especially in their midsection and lower body]. Plastics & microwaves are to blame for leaking estrogen, so try avoiding them. Excess estrogen may overload your liver so that it can’t detox naturally. To detox your body, Poliquin advises having at least one serving of cruciferous vegetables per day, such as broccoli, kale, etc, and also supplement on organic flaxseed oil. In exercising, he suggests focusing on plyometrics and compound strength moves like lunges and squats to add intensity.
3. Triceps Fat
The reason for having excess triceps fat may be the deficiency in androgen hormones such as DHEA (and he also mentioned Testosterone in another article). Anxiety as well as age can lower the body’s DHEA reserves. To target triceps fat, Poliquin suggests trying yoga and Tai Chi to achieve relaxation and adding plyometrics and interval training 2 to 3 times a week to speed up fat loss. He also advises to limit simple sugars for maximum results.
4. Love Handles
These are the signs that your insulin levels are too high and the glucose metabolism is impaired, you may be either sensitive to sugar or just be eating too much. Carrying extra fat on sides also means increased risks of developing diabetes and heart diseases. To reduce fat on sides and the risks of developing diseases, it is best to eat high protein and low glycemic index foods. Limit sugars, supplement with Omega-3 and hit the gym – strength training increases the number and size of insulin receptors.
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