Every regular guy and gal out there have a problematic pocket of fat at a certain body area. Some folks would point belly fat as their biggest source of frustration, while others struggle the most with back fat and muffin tops. Belly fat has been the star of many fat loss articles so far, which is why we’ll focus on back fat in this one. Since spot reduction is a big, fat myth, what can be done to get rid of these stubborn layers of excessive fat?
Well, the answer to that question is fairly obvious – you have to train hard, eat less and decrease your overall body fat percentage in order to reveal the muscles that are buried underneath the fat tissue. There simply isn’t a way around this and anyone who tells people about a miraculous new tool, routine or drink that allows spot reduction or whatever is trying to cash in on their ignorance.
However, creating a smart and efficient training & dieting strategy instead of hoping that the fat will go away if you starve yourself as often as possible will help you achieve your goals a lot faster. And there is a way to achieve results that are pretty close to spot reduction – read the rest of this article to learn all about getting rid of your back fat!
Muscle Atrophy & Poor Nutrition
You probably think that back fat is mostly caused by, well, the piling of body fat in this area, and you are right. But an important contributing factor to the development of this unappealing physical attribute is the atrophy of the muscles of the back. When muscles atrophy they lose their strength and tone, and this is caused by lack of targeted exercise or any type of physical exercise for that matter. When you don’t use your muscles, they get weaker, so having an excessively sedentary lifestyle is one the most common reason for muscle atrophy.
Now, if you couple sitting at a desk for many hours every day and eating a surplus of calories from unhealthy sources such as junk fast food and similar over-processed food items, the natural result is excess body fat. It’s a big, fat fact that no matter how hard you train, you can’t burn enough fat if you don’t get your nutrition in check. You might grow some seriously strong muscles, but they’ll be still covered in layers of fat.