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They are the big three of the flabby areas and losing flab on your stomach, arms and thighs remains the most desired result from exercise and dieting. Unfortunately, some of the dieting and exercising you are doing to lose flab might not be helping you. Here is the low down.
Flab is nothing more than loose skin, fat cells, and some empty fat cells. So losing flab on your body can be very difficult. However, there are some studies that have shown specific exercises and diets are helpful in the quest.
One thing you can try is changing your diet from white to wheat. Studies have shown that this change can help with belly fat and might give you a flatter appearance around the midsection. So, white rice, white bread, and white flour should all be replaced with 100% whole grain versions.
You can also add fat burning foods to your diet. Things like hot peppers and cinnamon have been shown to help the body get rid of fat and lemons are good for cleansing toxins. Cayenne pepper and grade b maple syrup have some cleansing and fat burning properties too so recipes with those ingredients can help. You might want to try a lemonade cleanse which combines a lot of these ingredients into one.
What about exercise? Think of it this way. Your flab or pooch or whatever you want to call it, it needs to be filled up and stretched out. Only we are not going to do it with fat, we are going to do it with muscle. No, you aren’t going to get all beefy like a pro wrestler (unless you want to) but just enough to sort of spread the flab out and create a smoother appearance. Let’s face it. There are not too many things that are going to shrink your skin back to place (though MSM soap has been rumored to do this) but you can create a nice look still with muscle building and toning.
Use Hand Weights to do tricep exercises or just do push ups against a wall for back of the arm toning. For thighs, lean against a wall and lower yourself into a squat like you are sitting. You will definitely feel the burn in your thighs. For the stomach, weight resistance and sit ups do go hand in hand if you are doing them right. Do the sit ups slowly so you can feel the muscles working. Use an exercise ball for more advanced sit up exercises.
The last thing you should do for losing flab when all else has failed is to hire a personal trainer. Sometimes we say we tried everything, did everything we were supposed to, but did we really? Without accountability it is sometimes hard to get results. If it is important to you, you will make every effort to get it done. A personal trainer might help you target exactly what you are doing wrong.
Losing flab on your stomach, arms and thighs is not impossible but be prepared for some work to get the results you want.