About-Face means a reversal of direction, attitude, or point of view. We equip women & girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image. Natural and healthy fat deposits around the body are portrayed as so taboo by the media that I had a visceral reflex to take my tight jeans off right then and there. From love handles to thunder thighs, muffin tops to saddlebags, we’ve all heard some downright weird phrases describing body fat. The word “cankles” (a mix of calves and ankles) was first printed in Glamour magazine in 2003.
In the 1930’s, linguist Benjamin Whorf theorized that the words people use as labels actually affect what people perceive. Whether one thinks body fat jargon is helpful, detrimental, or even cute, Whorf’s theory shows that the media’s labels can affect what we perceive. Like the Russian speakers who had more names for blues, we have been given more names for body parts.
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A remarkably true observation about media-brain and one that I have fallen prey to many times. Search Shape Shop Max Mara Sweaters Calvin Klein Sweaters Profile by Gottex Tankinis eBags DISNEY Watches DC Snowboard Boots Giani Bernini Totes Macys Bikinis PENFIELD Coats Skechers Flats Salomon Maria Black Urban Decay Luxe By Lisa Vogel Edie Parker KYBOE! I have this problem a lot, it would be easier if there were an option to buy pants that actually came up over your hips.
Thomas Hill You would hit that because you cannot get anything else, so in other words you take what you get. Daniel Jonsson You have like 11 friends and are commenting on somebody elses social skills? If you have a muffin top then I bet you want to get rid of it!  Or, you might be asking what on earth is a muffin top?
On hearing of the muffin top phenomenon, my first reaction was ‘I have an instant muffin top remedy’. Unfortunately, my solution didn’t take into account the proliferation of low-waisted pants and tops that don’t quite sit low enough. Now, thanks to plenty of cardio exercise I don’t have a muffin top so perhaps I’m not as sympathetic as my friend had hoped.  To my mind she looks lovely but I know that feeling like she has a spare tire brings her down, so here is my muffin top fighting action plan. The question “how do I get rid of my muffin top?” is in fact code for: help me get rid of the fat from my mid-section. I can hear the gasps of horror as I write because busting the spot fat reduction myth was quite possibly the saddest fact that I learned in school. In order to get rid of your muffin top for good, you have to attack it with a full-body fat-burning plan. Eating well and focusing on nutrition is the most important step in eliminating a muffin top.  I believe that a toned mid-section is mainly made in the kitchen, so watch what you eat and pay attention to your calorie intake vs.

There are so many exercise choices for burning fat and you need to choose a cardio routine that will help you shed weight and tone up all over.  Follow my 10 minute cardio body blast or pick something simple and low-cost to start like walking, jogging or cycling. While my first two steps will help you to decrease overall body fat, you can also start work on your waist so that, as any excess fat melts away, you reveal a toned tum.  Try adding side bends, jackknives and standing twists to your routine to ensure your underlying oblique and abdominal muscles are strong, toned and ready to debut once the fat is gone. I would love to tell you about a magic exercise that will get rid of a lurking muffin top but I want to be honest and explain the relationship between fat and exercise to bust apart fitness myths.
Once you’ve given my solution a chance, you’ll be toned all over with a beautifully whittled waist. Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife, and as a former competitive sprinter and fitness expert this is the perfect role for her! With AFAA and ISSA certifications under her belt and a love of science that she honed while completing her Applied Chemistry degree, Samantha understands how the human body works and how little changes can make a big difference. With an effervescent personality, Samantha makes fitness an achievable goal for everybody whether they’re already a regular gym-goer or happy sitting on the sofa. To get rid of belly fat I suggest to do any excercise which makes the muscels around your belly work. Hi, i have myself for a while tried to get away my muffin belly with exercise, but i don’t feel like it works.
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I was feeling pretty confident in them until my hand happened to brush against the fattier part of my hip on the edge of my jeans.
And although my history with anorexia makes me particularly sensitive to situations like this, I started thinking of others who have had similar experiences—others who have been disgusted by natural parts of their bodies because of the oh-so-fun names the dieting industry has given to body fat. The list goes on and on…apparently words like “back,” “stomach,” “thighs”, and “ankles” just aren’t personal enough for the dieting industry. Whorf’s theory was supported by a study that compared Russian speakers’ and English speakers’ perceptions of similar hues of blue; the Russian speakers were more quickly able to distinguish between the two colors because they had different words for each, but the English speakers had more difficulty because they only had the umbrella term “blue” to describe both colors. By coining terms like “beer belly,” “saddlebags,” and “thunder thighs” the media makes us more apt to discern and label these features in ourselves and others. These names cause increased perception of body differences and lead some people to base their worth solely in appearance, rather than actions. Fat is not a crime or a disgrace, and a “muffin top” or some “love handles” are not going to stop you from being a good person. She seeks to understand why the world is the way it is through critical thinking, and when that fails, she just employs sarcasm. This is an exquisite article and I loved the video you added :) plus the psychology made me so happy. There are so many ways to help: Find out how to donate money, stuff, services, time, or expertise.

Fat-Blasting Workout Use this core-centric circuit to banish waistband bulge By Jessica SmithTopics: abs workouts,fat-burning workouts,upper-body workoutsSo Long Love Handles! My friend listened closely, expecting me to share some profound fitness secret that could fix a muffin top in moments, but my answer disappointed her greatly.
Although my answer was funny, my friend really wanted to know which exercise would magically erase her muffin top from existence. This spare tire look is common in men and women and is more pronounced in some body shapes than others. I really believed that the ‘rolling ab cruncher’ contraption sold on TV burned away spare tummy fat too! Now, let’s leave the term ‘muffin top’ where it belongs – in the bakery section of the grocery store!
Married with four young children, Samantha understands how difficult it can be to make fitness a priority but it’s her passion to reawaken everyone’s urge to exercise. Follow Samantha’s blog posts for tips and advice about how you can enhance your lifestyle by becoming fitter and happier.
I have a very large friend who has always had the good sense to wear properly fitted clothes. Media terminology can be triggering, but it’s up to us as consumers to figure out how to remain at peace with our bodies in a world that constantly tells us to be at war with them. I'm afraid I'm still going to have to chop your dick off and staple it to your face though. My friend explained that it is the fat on your back and sides that bulges over your waistband in the same way the top of a muffin overhangs the base. He has told me of conversations that he has had with people who insist they are a size 36 waist when it is patently obvious that they are closer to a 46 or more. After all, she explained, when she stood in front of a mirror at the start of the day she had no muffin top.  It was only over the course of the day that her hated muffin top quietly appeared because her posture slowly slumped and she stopped holding her breath!
As for him, his physical inabilities aided in his expansion but he has made concious efforts to successfully counteract that situation with an ongoing determination. Find out how many calories your body needs for an average day and eat slightly less calories than that.
You cann’t imagine just how I needed this information – I hate that my beer gut over hangs my pants and that I have back fat to match!! If you need to lose weight in other areas of your body, reduce your calorie intake even further.

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