In my three years’ experience as a personal trainer, I can safely say that women always seem to suffer one of two problem areas: the ‘muffin top belly’ or the ‘saddle bag bum’.
Let me be clear here; these are not phrases I (or any PT worth their salt) would ever use, but these are absolutely the words I find written on my questionnaires time and time again.
For me personally, I really struggle with my midsection. It’s the first place I gain weight and the last place I lose it.
Chloe flaunts her gym-honed body and incredible abs in a post-gym and underwear selfie. She says women always seem to suffer one of two problem areas: the ‘muffin top belly’ or the ‘saddle bag bum’
I’ve always had an athletic frame, both my brother and I inherited it from our dad. All three of us are tall, with broad shoulders, muscular legs and a fast metabolism. But just like my dad, I carry the bulk of my fat (literally) on my stomach.
However women are MEANT to have adipose tissue (fat). While men have the fat burning, muscle building hormone Testosterone, we have the fat-storing hormone, oestrogen.
Our bodies are quite literally designed to be curvier and softer, so please don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a stubborn area that you just can’t shift.
It’s very natural and unless you are genetically gifted (think Victoria’s Secret models for example), we ALL have to deal with it.
The personal trainer and model says she inherited her athletic frame from her father. She is tall with broad shoulders, muscular legs and a fast metabolism. However she insists that she also carries the bulk of her fat on her stomach
Chloe tucks into a meal comprised mostly of green veg and chicken. ‘Your meals need to be predominantly protein, secondary carbs and lastly fats,’ she says
It is impossible to target certain fat stores, so please get the idea that you can blast belly fat fast or diminish bingo wings in one fell swoop out of your head for good.
It is a marketing tool and it does not work like that at all. Fat is fat is fat, we lose it evenly all over our bodies, and your stubborn areas will be the last to go.
Chloe Madeley, 28, has an enviably flat stomach but says she struggles to keep weight off her midsection
If your stubborn areas are the last to go, that explains why the vast majority of people never get rid of them; because the majority give up prematurely.
I see results all over my body after two weeks of solid training and dieting, but my stomach? I’m lucky if I see it change by week five. You have to keep going.
Remember that your stubborn areas are stubborn by nature, that means you are really going to have to go the extra mile if you want to change them.
Chloe’s three tips to blast your belly fat (well all your fat actually)
1. Diet – When I say the word diet, I do not mean go on a diet. I simply mean your daily food intake.
You HAVE to clean it up if you want to shed fat. I’m talking one ingredient foods like chicken, fish, green veg, brown rice, sweet potato, oats, nuts etc. Clean, simple, singular foods.
Your meals need to be predominantly protein, secondary carbs (vegetables are a carb, have starchier carbs pre and post workout only if fat loss is your goal), and lastly fats (an egg, a handful of nuts or half an avocado for example).
You need to keep your portions on the smaller side to ensure your calories aren’t off the charts. If you want, start tracking your food on the app MyFitnessPal.
However, it is a bit of a schlep and a definite learning curve that you have to get used to initially. If you can’t be bothered to count calories that’s fine, just make sure your food is clean and your portions are small. Simple.
Chloe has three years of experience as a personal trainer and is an advocate of ‘clean eating’. She warns that your stubborn fat will be the hardest to lose and there is no solution other than hard work
2. Cardio – Yes, you DO need to be doing cardio to shed fat but no, you don’t need to be going for hour long runs pounding pavement or hitting the treadmill every day.
You can get away with 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) four days a week in my opinion. So sprint for one minute, rest for one minute, over and over for 20 minutes total.
3. Resistance Training – This can come in the form of weight lifting, kettle bells, body strength circuits etc.
As long as you are tearing and growing muscle, you are burning calories and increasing your metabolism, both of which are essential for fat burning.
Your body isn’t going to change if you are wishy-washy here, you have to push yourself and you have to stick to it, or you simply wont get the results you want.
Remember that the girls you see with perfect abs on Instagram are either fitness models or in contest prep, and they do the above for months on end before they see a sliver of an ab. Be strong, be patient, work hard and you WILL get there.