Companies spend billions in advertising trying to get you to buy products, programs, and books that improve the appearance of your abs and glutes. Why aren't we women getting the results wewant?
Because the information we have is mostly wrong or inconclusive. Building a fantastic looking body requires a lot more than doing a few exercises.
Fat loss is the key to a sexy-looking body. Doing thousands of reps of glutes and abs exercises is useless if the muscles are covered by layers of fat. This does not mean we should stop training these areas in the gym; we must focus on aerobic exercise and a healthy, reduced calorie diet.
Aerobic exercise is better than resistance training for losing (visceral fat). Visceral fat is located deep within the abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs. It is dangerous because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease- the leading cause of death in women over 35. Women tend to store fat in the thighs, hips and buttocks but increase visceral fat as they age. Abdominal fat is linked to insulin resistance that develops because of physical inactivity, poor diet, and genetics.
Women possess larger fat cells that are capable of holding a greater amount of fat than men. Women have a greater amount of (fat storing) enzymes and fewer (fat releasing) enzymes.
Estrogen also affects fat deposition in women. Estrogen levels can be affected by diet and lifestyle. A diet heavy in artificial ingredients, refined sugar and flour can result in high estrogen levels.
An inflow of estrogen in the body from certain food sources can cause fat cells to grow and become difficult to shrink. It is important to consume foods that are anti-estrogenic in your daily caloric consumption. Anti-estrogenic foods include cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage), citrus fruits, omega 3 oils, wild catch salmon, organic dairy products, raw nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil, wheat germ oil, green vegetables, whole oats and barley, legumes, spices (turmeric, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage) and herbs (dandelion root, and ginger).
It’s Your Turn Now!
To develop a firm-looking abs and butt by following a healthy diet, doing aerobics, and practicing exercises that build the glutes and ab muscles.