The stomach is one of the most common areas in women to be hit by excess fat and it is often the result of empty calories and fat from food, especially sugar and refined carbohydrates. Saddlebags. Muffin-tops. Love handles. Whatever you call them, fighting stubborn bulges can be difficult for even the most slender of physiques. Hard-to-fight pouches don’t need to find a permanent home on your body.
Exfoliating and hydrating problem areas helps keep skin soft, which gives the illusion of a more toned body. One to try: Molton Brown Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod Body Exfoliator ($48). Creamy in texture, this spicy-smelling scrub is gentle yet effective.
Work It Out
Revving up your metabolism through targeted workouts helps boost your body’s fat-burning potential. Standard workouts slim through targeted moves and calorie-burning cardio, but Equinox’s MetCon3 has research behind its fat-blasting power. Based on studies revolving around endocrinology and exercise science, the high-intensity class is a cardio-toning hybrid that focuses on the core through cardio and free-weight exercises. Consisting of a warm-up and cool-down, and three 10-minute sets, the workout targets the energy systems with kettlebells, body bars, steps and weights. Not sure it’s for you? It’s one of the gym’s shortest classes (it takes 45 minutes) and promises to burn 10 calories a minute.
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