Spot Training Misconception for Brides
One of the biggest misconception that many brides have is that a punishing daily routine of stomach crunches will help them reduce their midsection in time to fit perfectly into their fitted wedding dress. If a bride has a particular problem area, she will focus only on doing exercises designed to tackle her perceived problem area. However, research has shown that such "spot reduction" exercises are not very effective.
That is because when you exercise, you consume energy, which is measured in calories. When you consume enough calories to deplete the available energy, the body has to rely on stored energy largely available in the form of fat deposits in your adipose tissues.
But this process takes place non-selectively. You do not get to choose which fat deposits the body will use. That means you cannot "spot reduce" by working solely on your abdomen as you are simply increasing the muscle mass and strength of this section, rather than burning fat.
In reality, abdominal muscles are like any other muscle group in your body: they need to recover from any type of workout in order to make progress. An abs workout should not take you more than 12 minutes, three days a week. If you do not know what you are doing, you can actually be doing your body more harm than good. Take sit-ups for instance. Popular ab-reducing exercises can actually result in back and neck injuries if they are not done the right way.
So to have those well-toned abs, you have to work out the whole body, in addition to your abdominal exercises.
Watch Your Diet
So you want to fit into that beautiful fishtail or corset wedding dress. And you have been working out consistently, but have not been able to get rid of your flabby belly. Well, you should know that the real culprit may be your diet or your high-stress lifestyle.
What you eat is just as important as how you work out. Lifestyle habits count too because stress doesn't just mess with your head, it can also cause fatigue and therefore a loss of willpower to get up and moving. It can also cause binge eating.