If I do gym exercises only for my abdomen, will it affect other parts of my body like biceps, triceps, etc?

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    Confused by the question. If you are talking about losing fat around your abs, then it is impossible. Spot reduction is a myth
    – s3v3ns
    Mar 20, 2015 at 10:06
  • Thank you s3v3ns for your ans...am so sorry Noumenon... am not good at english ...s3v3ns you are right...i am talking about losing fat around abs.
    – user68056
    Mar 20, 2015 at 10:12
  • possible duplicate of Best exercise to lose belly fat fast Mar 20, 2015 at 12:32
  • Would vote to close if possible
    – s3v3ns
    Mar 20, 2015 at 12:45
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    @Noumenon - It's best not to jump on people for spelling/grammar, as there are many users for whom English is not a native language. Just edit and move on.
    – JohnP
    Mar 20, 2015 at 16:53

3 Answers 3

  1. It is absolutely impossible to eliminate body fat in "only one place".

  2. Lifting weights has no connection to eliminating body fat. Lifting weights makes your muscles larger (which is totally fantastic) but has no connection to eliminating body fat.

  3. The only way to eliminate body fat is via diet. Body fat is simply caused by eating carbohydrates, which triggers your pancreas to cause glycerides (always present in your bloodstream) to pass in to fat cells in your body (becoming triglycerides). It's just that simple.

(If you grab your gut and feel "flab," that is just fat cells, blown up like balloons, with triglycerides inside them.)

  1. To eliminate body fat just slash carbohydrate intake. You might say "OK, I'll eat zero carbohydrates" but that simply won't work (it's simply impossible to have that much willpower). You have to eat the "Goldilocks" amount of carbohydrates (about 70 grams a day) ..... not too little, not too much.

    • Note that in the modern diet (for the last few hundred years) people eat incredibly more carbohydrates than this amount each day, so for a week you will feel you are eating strangely, then you will feel in perfect health (and easily eliminate body fat each week).

    • Absolutely no willpower is required. The only reason people have hunger, and "want to" eat more than they need to (why would your body possibly make you want to do that?) is because they eat incredibly high daily amounts of carbohydrates.

  2. Regarding aerobic exercise (jogging). (i) if you do a really tremendous amount of jogging (say one to two hours a day) that will use a very small amount of calories - i.e., you will be able to additionally eat a small amount of food equal to "that many" calories. however (ii) exercise makes you hungry (far, far, far in excess of the "amount of calories extra you can eat"...) so exercise is pointless if your aim, as such, is to eliminate body fat.

Here's one of many books that explains concisely the above (well, the above is more concise :) )

  • For any googlers, as this question has been closed, I moved my answer and discussion to this excellent question fitness.stackexchange.com/a/24035/1039 cheers
    – Fattie
    Mar 23, 2015 at 15:58
  • Having more muscle have some benefit to your fat loss, simply because it increases your maintenance calorie due to more muscle mass. But overall, I agree.
    – Michael C.
    Mar 23, 2015 at 21:58

If you want to lose fat around your belly, there are only 2 "real" solutions:

  1. Go to a health clinic and get rid of the fat surgically but I wouldn't recommend that.
  2. Do sports and lose fat on your whole body. The human body doesn't allow you to lose fat somewhere specifically.

There are tons of article on the web which promise you will lose belly fat. I would guess 99% of these are either crap or will help you "only" to lose fat in general. A nice general article is on wikihow: http://www.wikihow.com/Lose-Belly-Fat

The basic principle is to eat healthy, sleep enough, drink enough water, and do sports, and most importantly keep doing it! You will lose fat, get healthier and (perhaps) live happier. But please don't expect to only get rid of your belly fat and that it will happen quickly. You need time and unfortunately hard work to get in shape.

Also, when losing weight, it's not important if you go to a gym, train at home, if you jog, swim, walk, ride the bicycle, or go dancing. Just do it (long enough), have fun and stay motivated.

Oh, and if you never did some sport or you are totally out of shape, please visit first a doctor or a good instructor before you damage your body.

  • @Sean Duggan thank you very much for the edit. I should work out my writing style. :)
    – Julian
    Mar 20, 2015 at 13:11

You basically have two questions. First, it is mostly possible to exercise only your abdomen, although one might ask why you would want to. If you only do abdomen exercises, you'll only really be working that area and a few supporting muscles. You're better off working more parts of your body, honestly. The variety will help you be less bored and, unless you're bodybuilding, the difference in mass is not going to be evident in any significant way.

Secondly, you can't target fat loss in any significant manner. There has been some research showing that high-intensity exercise in a given area slightly increases the shrinking of fat cells in that area, but it's a fraction of a percent, so it really only applies in the lab. That said, losing weight is very possible and doesn't require an extremely strict diet. Frankly, what is proven over and over again from a science perspective is that pretty much any diet works as long as you stick with it with the caveat that no diet works if you don't. The two simplest diets I know of are a) simply counting calories and going below what you need per day. It's a nice simple mathematical model, but is difficult if you're not the sort of person who likes to do the math and keep track of it. An even simpler one? Eat more vegetables than fruits. Eat more fruits than grains. Eat more grains than meat. Eat more meat than sweets and oils. If you do that, and add a little bit of exercise, the odds are excellent that you'll be getting enough nutrition and not too many calories.

  • "Eat more vegetables than fruits". Well don't forget - fruits are pure sugar. They have no nutritional value at all (well no more than any other pure carbohydrate). You're just as well to drink cola, or just eat spoons of white sugar, than eat fruit. (Fruit JUICE is pretty much the single highest-carbohydrate thing you can consume, other than just pouring sugar crystals in to your mouth.) Regarding vegetables, no person should ever eat potatoes or carrots, ever. You may as well just go ahead and eat pasta or even bread. Sure, low-carbo vegetables are great for you.
    – Fattie
    Mar 23, 2015 at 15:44
  • @JoeBlow ... Are you just ignoring all of the studies showing that potatoes are pretty much the closest thing we have to a superfood? You can live healthily on a diet on just potatoes and water. It wouldn't be ideal, but no other food comes close to the sheer versatility. Pretty much the only problem with potatoes is that they're so delicious when fried. I agree that fruit juice is a horrible thing; juicing it removes all of the fiber that keeps you from over-consuming. Mar 23, 2015 at 16:07
  • Hi Sean, yes, those studies are completely wrong. I"m not ignoring them, I'm saying they are hopelessly incorrect, and indeed, basically "really really amazingly silly and actually hilariously stupid". :) Recall that we have been through the era of staggeringly stupid 'health science'" with things like the (snicker) "food pyramid" promoted by Big Agri business, via "governments" i.e. lobbying money. Potatoes are about 25% carbohydate, as you know. Thus, FOR SURE, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU that it would be good to eat (say) 30 or 40 grams of potatoes a few times a week...
    – Fattie
    Mar 23, 2015 at 16:13
  • ...however (as you perhaps sadly agree) for the typical American or European "eating potatoes" means eating mindboggling amounts thereof. I guess that's the summary of my views on the matter, I'm afraid!
    – Fattie
    Mar 23, 2015 at 16:15
  • @JoeBlow: It's a fairly recent thing that the potato has been demonized, and my understanding of it is that it's actually been the opposite way, with a number of pseudo-nutritionists bashing it in favor of their diet plan. But I'm an open-minded person if you have better data. Mar 23, 2015 at 16:16

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