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Spot Reducing Is A Myth, But
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Spot Reducing is A Myth, But

Spot reduction is the idea that you can reduce fat stores on a particular part of the body by focusing on training the local muscle groups. Many workout routines are based completely around this concept. They like to use terms like "tone" or "firm" as buzzwords to mean the area becomes more solid. In other words, the ratio of muscle to fat goes down. Well, spot reducing is a myth.

Fat and muscle tissue are made of two different substances and do not directly affect each other. In fact, they work in two very different ways.

Muscle cells are set up in long fibers from one end of a muscle to the other. When a muscle contracts, every muscle cell squeezes at the same time, using up a lot of energy that comes from the blood stream. Having a lot of muscle means that you burn more calories than average but your body will always be trying to return you to your normal state. It does not like waste.

Fat cells are not set up in any particular pattern, but do have a tendency towards being in certain areas of the body such as the belly or hips. Unlike muscle, fat is built to conserve calories instead of spending them. Just like muscle, fat gets a supply of energy to store from the blood stream. Unfortunately, the body has a tenancy to like fat due to the fact that it is better safe than sorry and a famine could come at anytime...

Now, spot reduction can be deduced to be the idea that muscle cells can take energy from the nearby fat cells either through the blood stream or more directly. The fact is that the blood stream moves too fast for something so local to really matter. Also, some fat stores are more willing to break down than others. Either way, there is no such thing as spot reducing fat at will.

But there is a silver lining. there is a general order in which fat stores are lost. Usually, fat is first lost at the extremities, followed by the arms and legs, and then eventually the center of the torso, the least mobile area. So say you wanted six pack abs; you would have to work hard to lose fat all over before you got to see them. While this might take time, atleast you will look completely healthy having lost all your bodyfat all over just to reach this point.


Street Talk

Now you might not know a lot about horses, but do you know any good work out techniques to keep in shape for working with horses? Besides the fact that working with them in itself is a workout.

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  about 6 years ago

Not really. I would just suggest you eat really clean so you have energy and alertness that lasts the day. Workout techniques are not as good as actual specific work because it`s more important to practice on those particular movements to get better at them.

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  about 6 years ago

Well that's good to know. Probably why I never really have worked. I'm so active anyways, and training horses, well, you get in shape pretty fast doing that and stay in shape.

  
  about 6 years ago

I could imagine!

  
  about 6 years ago

Interesting, did not know any of that!

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  about 6 years ago

Yup fat always has a "last stand" area...

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  about 6 years ago

Great article Chip!

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  about 6 years ago

Glad you like it! I noticed you haven`t written anything yet. You should give it a try!

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Hey Chip look at that Rank good job. You are working very hard at this. Hope many people see all you have and gain a lot of insight on Health and fitness. Thanks for sharing Kymee

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  about 6 years ago

Yup switching to focusing on quality over quantity was the best decision I made. A little while back I wrote 20 articles in a day but any one that I make now gets me more views and clicks than those 20.

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Really that makes more sense...Good job.

  
  about 6 years ago
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