Everyone has a certain amount of back fat. But if you have some extra back fat that you want to lose, we have your back (and the fat that comes with it).
Here’s how to use diet and exercise to get rid of back fat in a healthy way.
Body fat is important for a number of things, including regulating body temperature, storing energy, and helping digestion. So having fat doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy right away. You actually need to know to survive.
Without enough fat, you may have to deal with issues like vitamin deficiencies, hormone issues, or damage to the nervous system.
Remember, according to the American Council on Exercise, most healthy women should have around 21 to 35 percent body fat. Healthy men should have around 8 to 24 percent.
Excess fat in the upper, middle, and lower back builds up for the same reason as any other fat: genetics, sedentary lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, or certain health conditions.
With increasing age, more fat accumulates in the abdominal area, which can also lead to so-called “love grips” on the lower back.
Losing fat usually requires a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise, and reducing calories. Exercises that build muscles in your upper and lower back can also strengthen your back muscles.
1. Reduce calories to create a deficit
You’ve probably heard of this before: Cutting calories is key to losing fat. It takes around 3,500 calories to equal 1 pound of fat. So if you cut your calories by around 300 to 500 calories a day, you can lose 1 to 2 pounds every week.
The healthy intake for adults ranges from 1,400 to 3,200 calories per day. The number of calories you need each day depends on many factors, including your age, gender, height, weight, and your physical activity.
2. Monitor sodium intake
If you’re feeling a little bloated than usual, it might not be even fat – it could be water weight. Regular chewing of salty foods can cause you to retain excess water, which contributes to stomach and back gas.
Do you know this feeling when you have eaten a cup of pasta? Yes, sodium does that to you. To get back on track, cut down on processed foods and restaurant foods, which are often super salty.
3. Eat high fiber foods
You don’t have to meticulously count calories to eat better. Instead, opt for healthy, high-fiber, low-sodium foods like avocados, eggs, nuts, leafy greens and veggies, fish, and lean chicken breasts.
Eating high fiber, nutrient-rich foods will keep your digestive system regular, lower bad cholesterol, and help you maintain a healthy weight.
4. Keep track of carbohydrates and starches
High carbohydrate and starchy foods are delicious. But unfortunately, they’re usually full of sugar and empty calories. Eliminating foods like white bread, crackers, chips, and cookies can have a huge impact on weight loss as well as your overall health.
Remember: everything in moderation. You don’t have to go without your favorite Sunday morning croissant to be healthy and be amazed.
5. Drink more H2O
Sometimes when you think you are hungry, all you really are is thirsty. Stay hydrated and feel full by drinking more water throughout the day.
Most adults lose around 2.5 to 3 liters of water a day, which is roughly the amount you need to swallow to stay healthy.
1. Reverse hip lift with exercise ball
In case you didn’t already know, an exercise ball is the ultimate quarantine accessory.
- To do this back-wrenching motion, lie on your stomach on the ball, palms flat on the floor, and eyes look down.
- Squeeze your glutes together to balance on the ball. Push your legs up while keeping the ball from rocking.
- Hold for a few seconds, lower, and repeat for 15 repetitions.
2. Side plank crunch
- Start in a side elbow plank with your left elbow on the floor and your right hand behind your head.
- Lift your hips and squeeze your core.
- Bring your right leg to your shoulder and give your right elbow a little pat.
- Extend your leg to return to the starting position and take it from above.
- Repeat for 10 to 15 repetitions on each side.
3. Lateral leg lift on the knees
- Start with your right arm in a kneeling side plank. Extend your left leg up and out by squeezing your lower back, legs, and buttocks together. Your arm and knee should support your weight.
- Lower your left toes to the floor and squeeze these muscles to bring them back up.
- Repeat for 10 to 15 repetitions on each side.
- Clark kent who? Lie down with your arms and legs outstretched, your forehead on the floor.
- Slowly lift your head, arms, legs, and upper back off the floor.
- Hold for a few seconds, lower your back down, and repeat for 10 to 15 reps.
5. Dumbbell (or kettlebell) swing
- Dumbbell or kettlebell practical? Start with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Bend your knees slightly, straighten your hips back, and move the weight between your legs in a rocking motion.
- Swing it back to chest level, pause, and repeat for 10 to 15 reps.
This classic yoga pose will help improve your posture and build muscle. (If your spine is straight and tall, you might not have a huge problem with your back fat.)
- Start on all fours, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
- Lower your stomach and lift your chin and tailbone up.
- Now arch in the opposite direction, suck your stomach in, and tuck in your tailbone.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat about 15 to 20 times. Whatever feels good!
1. Lateral raise with dumbbells
- Start with a dumbbell in each hand, feet shoulder width apart.
- Slowly raise the weights until your arms are stretched out parallel to the floor.
- Then slowly bring your arms back to your sides.
- Repeat for 10 to 15 reps.
2. Bent over dumbbell row
- Stand shoulder width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. Hinge at your hips until your back is flat and your chest is parallel to the floor.
- Lower the dumbbells towards the floor until your arms straighten.
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together, bring your belly button towards your spine and the dumbbells back towards your hips.
- Take it from above and repeat for 10 to 15 repetitions.
- Start in the forearm plank position: elbows below shoulders on the floor, feet hip-width apart. Keep your back flat and your head and neck neutral.
- Squeeze your back, quads, buttocks, and core together for 60 seconds.
- Repeat 2 or 3 more times. You can also split it up in 30 seconds.
4. Lat pulldown with wide grip resistance tape
- Do you have a resistance band on hand? You’ll need to attach it to a sturdy surface like a pull-up bar above your head. Just make sure it is very safe before you try.
- While holding onto the strap, move away from the bar until you feel resistance in the strap.
- Looking at the bar, pivot your hips back slightly and straighten your arms slightly above your head with your palms down.
- Bend your elbows and pull them down toward your back as you squeeze your shoulder blades together.
- Stop at the bottom before straightening your arms again. The resistance can be changed by moving closer to or further from the bar.
- Repeat 10 to 15 times.
5. Inverted dumbbell flies
- Grab your dumbbells and stand shoulder width apart.
- Bend your hips back at a 45 degree angle and hang your arms straight down.
- Press the floor with your eyes, squeeze your shoulders, and lift your arms up and out.
- Repeat for 10 to 15 reps.
You don’t have to be a fitness enthusiast or clean eating fanatic to cut some back fat. Over time, small lifestyle changes can lead to big changes. Here are a few tips for a healthier you:
- Yoga: You don’t have to take a fancy class to incorporate yoga into your life – just grab a mat, pull up a YouTube video, and hit the road to better physical fitness.
- Sleep: Sleeping to lose weight sounds too good to be true … doesn’t it? Not exactly. A research report found a link between poor sleep quality and obesity in adolescents. Even if you are not a child, scientists believe that lack of sleep can negatively affect your metabolism.
- Attitude: Constantly bent over a laptop can quickly lead to a poor posture. By straightening the spine, the weight is distributed differently on the body, which often leads to a slimmer appearance in the trunk and back area.
Sorry, but selective fat reduction for back fat is just not a thing. The only way to lose fat is by losing fat all over your body. You can also tone the area by targeting the back muscles.
Creating a calorie deficit, eating healthy, and exercising regularly are the keys to weight loss needed to combat back fat.
Remember, a certain amount of back fat is healthy and completely normal! Pat yourself (on the back 😉) for working on your physical fitness, but don’t try to impose unrealistic standards on yourself. Let’s be honest: you didn’t deserve this.