Have you had this experience before?
The one where you actually have a proper look at your body in the mirror one day, and come to the realization that you’ve changed? Suddenly, there is fat where there was never fat before!? I know I have, actually no more than a few months ago, and it can be a bit shocking. It got me thinking, big time. In particular, it got me thinking about how to lose weight in your butt area specifically.
I know I store a lot of my body fat very unevenly – tragically most of it ends up on my lower half, while the top half of me is nearly skin-and-bone! So, is it possible to target weight loss to a particular area of the body? This led me to re-ask the age-old question…
Can You Spot Reduce Fat?
My answer, after a bit of mad googling online, is disappointingly non-committal in the form of an “I’m not sure.” Sorry, I hope you weren’t holding your breath.
I lean towards no, generally, as this is what most sources tell me, but I have seen some discussion (one source that comes to mind is the book The 4-Hour Body) saying that it is possible to spot reduce fat. I personally think that it may be possible to a small extent, but whether or not this is going to be noticeable or achievable by the average person? Again, I’m not sure.
How to Reduce Fat From Your Butt
I’ve written on this topic before in my post on getting a smaller butt, so check out that post as well for some more information.
Basically, if you want to drop weight from your butt area, you have no choice but to lose weight from your body as a whole. This is not a bad thing though, as lowering your total body fat percentage can make you look leaner, more toned and generally fitter.
Of course, there are many ways to lose weight, and there are all kinds of diets and programs out there that can help you lose weight. Take your pick.
But here I want to introduce you to what I like to think of as the lazy person’s diet, purely for the fact that if you eat in the way it advocates you can drop weight without needing to increase the amount of exercise you do. Even if you do no exercise at all, people on this diet are still reporting that they see results.
So if you’re time poor but still want to lose weight from your butt and thighs without having to spend hours at the gym, then read on..
Introducing… the ‘Slow-carb’ diet
I first heard about this diet in Tim Ferriss’s book The 4 Hour Body, so all props go to Mr. Ferriss for the information I’m about to present you with.
It will allow you to lose weight and reduce your body fat percentage by cutting the amount of high-starch carbohydrates that you consume. These type of starchy carbohydrates are found in foods like potatoes, breads, rice, pastas and grains.
How Does it Work?
The slow-carb diet works to help you drop weight via a few different principles:
- The allowed foods are not as calorie dense while still being high in protein and fiber, which can contribute to a feeling of fullness. There is no restriction on how much you are allowed to eat on the slow-carb diet, but you’ll probably end up eating less calories than your body requires, thus leading to long-term weight loss.
- By eating ‘slow-release’ carbohydrates, the associated glucose spike associated with digestion of starchy or simple sugar carbohydrates is reduced, meaning less insulin is produced in turn. Excess insulin encourages the body to store food as fat, so you probably want to avoid stimulating it due to the types of food you consume.
People of all sizes and ages are getting real results from this diet, so if you want to drop weight from your butt, I would recommend giving it a shot. You can find out more about the diet in my post here.
I’ll leave you to digest the information above (see what I did there? ha har.) for now. As for me, I’m off to refine my very own slow-carb diet plan.
Please let me know what you think of this post by leaving a comment below, I’d love to hear from you! I want to know, would you consider dieting like this if it meant you could lose weight in your butt area?