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Strategy: Your workout regimen consists of running and doing hundreds of crunches
every day in an effort to burn belly fat.
How it can backfire: Only training one area of your body sets you up for failure in several ways. First, you can’t spot reduce (heard that before?), so only working one "problem area" isn’t going to eliminate fat in that specific spot. Second, overdeveloping one muscle and neglecting everything else creates imbalances in your body that can increase your risk of pain and injury. It's also not an efficient way to lower your body fat, which is really what is will reduce that "problem area."
Solution: The best way to target one area is to work it in conjunction with the rest of your body, using a balanced plan that includes a cardio, strength, and flexibility component. You can work on developing lean muscle mass in one area of your body. For example, if you want to reduce arm flab, feel free to target your upper body in your routine, just be sure to also include moves for the rest of your body.
Are you inadvertently stalling your progress?
Workout Strategies that Backfire
8 Well-Meaning Workout Strategies That Backfire