I’ve reduced my overall body fat to an appropriate level, but I’m still not happy about this area (man points to the "love-handles" at the sides of his abdomen, woman points to her hips). What can I do?

If your body fat is at the advisable level and you’re still unhappy about one specific area, you must evaluate what the problem in that particular place is. It is unhealthy to maintain a body-fat percentage that is excessively low. If you have a sufficient amount of stored fat and it’s distributed evenly throughout your body, you’ll probably appear lean everywhere. If, on the other hand, all of your fat is clustered in one section, it may prevent you from achieving the appearance for which you aspire. It is essential to understand your genetic predisposition for fat storage and work within that framework. Another factor to consider when appearance-related goals aren’t being met is your actual skeletal structure. Some men simply have wider waists, while women often have wider hips. In such a case, there’s nothing you can do to reduce the area because fat accumulation is not the problem. You can, however, use spot-specific resistance training to build other muscles (the latissimus dorsi, teres major and medial head of the deltoids, for example) to create the illusion that the problem area is narrower than it really is.


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