To Crunch Or Not To Crunch, That Is The Question
Everyone wants washboard abs but how exactly do you get them? The
answer has not been very clear and many professional fitness trainers
disagree about the proper way to achieve that desirable mid section.
This causes much confusion amongst their clients. Am I wasting my
time doing hours of abdominal work every week?
For some time now there have been two schools of thought those
who believe the only way to see your abs is to focus on shedding
whole-body fat levels through diet and aerobic exercise, and those
who say that you have to do lots of abdominal exercises to reduce
the fat in you mid-section.
Up until now, many scoffed at the premise of exercise induced spot-fat-reduction.
Well the jury is finally in and it appears that spot-fat reduction
is a reality.
While whole body fat reduction is best served by reducing caloric
intake and performing aerobic exercise, there is now evidence that
the fat that is directly adjacent to the working muscles burns at
a higher rate than fat that is adjacent to the resting muscles.
It stands to reason, but until now, has not been proven.
A study published this month by the Department of Medical Physiology
at the Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen in Denmark showed
that subjects who performed high repetition leg extensions at varying
intervals and resistance levels for up to two hours with one leg
at a time exhibited a higher degree of fat oxidation in area directly
adjacent to the working leg muscles.
This increase in fat oxidation was irrespective to exercise duration
or intensity. The fat directly adjacent to the working muscles burned
at a higher rate than the resting muscles. Period.
This increased fat oxidation was also associated with a higher
degree of blood flow to the local area of the working muscles and
adjacent fatty tissue. This may enhance the fats ability to be carried
away and disposed of by the liver thus increasing the likelihood
that the fat won t simply be re-deposited elsewhere.
The take away from this study is very clear and should put the
debate over exercise induced spot-fat reduction to rest once and
for all. If you want to rid yourself of the fat that covers a specific
area of your body, such as your abs, you ll have the greatest success
if you focus on exercises that work the muscles directly adjacent
to the problem area. If you want washboard abs you ll have to start
doing more abdominal work.
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