The Order Of Human Fat Loss

September 8, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Fact!

There is absolutely no way to target specific areas of fat around your body. Period!

The basic to-do’s

  • Aerobic activity
  • Weight training
  • Proper diet

Are all compulsory attributes on the quest to lose fat and build lean muscle mass. Your body burns fat as a whole, not from specific areas.

The human onion


This is a good way to understand how fat loss works from a visual perspective. Rather than disappearing from a particular place, fat comes off layer by layer from the whole body.

It’s like spreading butter

It’s like taking one pound of butter and rubbing it all over your body. It will cover you in a very thin layer and probably won’t change your size much. The same concept applies to why you can’t tell when you’ve lost a pound in weight, and why you can tell when you’ve lost 10 pounds in weight.

This can lead to some seriously demotivating days. But please, DO NOT get demotivated when you look in the mirror throughout this phase.

‘Anything that is watched and tracked will grow!’

Obviously in this case… grow fit!

Some parts of your body hold a higher amount of fat than others. Everyone is different and the way fat is shed varies from person to person. This is why I constantly talk about techniques to make any one workout program work for YOU! No one else.. just you and ONLY you!

It’s why you hear the classic lines such as…

‘I’m doing this right, I’m doing that right.. but whenever I eat, it tends to go to one place in my body?’

Or…

‘I’m getting results butt this is the last place the fat disappears from’ (which was probably the first place they put it on) Excuse the pun btw ;)

The man – Spare tire of fat around the waist


The woman - Big butt smaller chest

These are common dilemmas for each of the sexes when fat loss and building muscle is concerned.

The simple answer to overcome this scenario is to adapt. The first step is understanding YOUR body. Once you do

-Track

- Analyse

- Tweak and repeat!

Nevertheless, here is the likely order that you will lose fat around your body on your quest to building lean muscle mass.

#1 Your Face

#2 Your Arms

However, it is common for women to develop a build up of fat in the upper arms, especially in the tricep area.

#3 Your Chest

I do feel some women’s pain here, because it is common for women to face a reduction in bust size on the fat loss quest. However, men that focusing heavily on weight training need to watch and track the build up of fat in this area. Man boobs are not cool!

This is how you can fight off man boobs if you do have them…

I have man boobs! How can i fix my chest?

#4 Your Abs/ Waist

We all know that everyone has a great set of abs hiding under that annoying layer of fat. But this is one of the key areas where fat will deposit itself.

This affects a lot of men, I know from the sheer amount of conversations I have on a day-to-day basis. Even a high metabolism type like myself suffers from this to some degree. But don’t worry troops… the Bugmeister is in the process of creating a long term solutions for you to help keep the fat at bay from this eye catching area of the body.

Slim woman with natural chubby tummy

This must be highly annoying for women that are naturally slim. You probably already know this if you are a naturally slim woman.

The solution?

Eat healthy!

I’ll be covering this in some detail in the upcoming program, but if you want something to get you started read these posts.

 

#5 Your Inner Thighs

(Especially the case with women, due to the width of the pelvis)


#6 Your Outer Thighs

#7 Your Lower Back

#8 Your Butt

Women are known to suffer the most here, but this affects everyone. Your glutes are the largest muscle group in your body, yes. But you need fat here other wise sitting down would be no fun! We know by now that you can’t control where one loses fat around the body, but one thing you do not want to do is lose a stack load of fat from your butt! Doing so may lead your butt to sag down towards your thighs, and like Natalia Muntean said in her video interview…

It’s not pretty!

So make sure you do emphasis some of the butt building techniques as described in this post.

The Art of Building a Bigger Butt

One point I do have to make though, is that for the most part, your body shape is what it’s going to be, unless of course we are talking radical body changes. What I mean here is that if your friend has

  • Naturally broad shoulders
  • A naturally huge butt
  • Perfectly proportioned wrists and ankles

And you don’t…

Then you will probably never have it as good as they do. Which is why I place a strong focus on describing how to make workouts, fitness and the bodybuilding lifestyle work for YOU!

There is very little you can do to influence specific fat distribution and vigorously exercising a specific body part will not have any influence on local fat in that area. It can be very frustrating but everybody is different. Stay committed to your training and nutrition goals, because building lean muscle will probably take time. Years in some cases. Understand how YOURbody works, and set achievable goals (Read this post to learn how).

Anyhow, that is the common order of fat loss that most of you will face. And most of you will have to adapt some what to get the body that you desire. But rest assured, I’m working on the above and you will be updated soon.

What has been the order of your fat losing results around your body thus far?

See you in the comments.

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