I’ve been a trainer now for almost 20 years and have seen every kind of body shape. My mentor in the business was so skilled at manipulating women’s bodies and would tell me “you gotta see a lot of bodies” to become good. I see the application of the 10,000 hours rule. I have put in my 10,000+ hours and finally after all of the years I’ve got some valuable insight to share with you.
Yesterday I was talking to a good friend who is in the process of losing weight in order to finally recover her pre-babies body. She exclaimed that her hips are SO BIG. I shared with her one of my absolute best pieces of insight that I’ve discovered in my years dealing with “bodies”. Ladies, this is very important for you to grasp if you are in the process of losing weight, or remodeling your body through weight training. Please get your brain focused and read this clearly: Assuming you are using exercise and proper nutrition to lose weight, weight loss (fat loss) occurs from the outer extremities inward. Meaning, you will lose weight first from your face, then your neck, shoulders and breasts will follow.
Simultaneously, you will trim down from your calves, then up to your knees and lower half of your thighs. The fat loss and reshaping creeps inward toward your belly from the outer extremities. Visualize when you’ve lost weight in the past: your face showed the signs of weight loss first, right? Then your breasts became smaller, right? This is one reason why it’s SO hard for us to take weight off from the midsection. Ironically, this is often the place where people want to lose weight the most! Just like everything in life, you’ve got to wait for it, be patient, diligent and earn it. It’s a stinker. All of this means that as your lower legs and upper body become smaller, an optical illusion is created: your hips APPEAR bigger! The fat loss from your extremities makes these areas smaller (more compact), while the fat from your hips and belly hasn’t been tapped into yet. Your hips are exactly the same size- maybe even a bit smaller- but they LOOK bigger.
This applies more to women than men because of our hormonal structure. Hormones cause us to hold weight in the hips, butt, belly and upper thighs. This is when your fat loss journey can get a bit frustrating. The solution? STAY COMMITTED, KEEP MOVING FORWARD and be patient. And don’t spend too much time in front of a mirror. As you continue your fitness efforts, your body will begin to tap into the body fat that is hanging out in your hips and belly. Yes, the areas that you most want to change will change last. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s important that you understand the process in order to master your goals. True body remodeling CANNOT occur quickly. Accept that if it took 8 years to arrive at your current body, it will take some time to create change. It is my job to find the tricks to help you get there as fast as possible. And I am working hard to find these “tricks” for you. But sometimes the human body is more intelligent than to fall for a few short term tricks. Be respectful, be diligent, work hard…and avoid the mirror. Soon you will tap into that stubborn belly fat and a new you will appear. Be strong! H