Bringing sexy back: Banish back fat for good
Picking a party dress is no longer as simple as choosing between a cleavage-baring low neck and a leg-flashing mini - these days it's all about bringing sexy back in a glamorous backless number. But the back can be just as much of a problem area as the stomach or thighs, with many women finding it hard to beat the bulge where they can't see it. We reveal how to ban flab here for good, just in time for squeezing into that slinky number.
Firstly, it's important to remember that any exercise needs to be teamed with a healthy diet. Up your intake of fruit, veg and complex carbs like wholegrain bread. Make simple swaps like choosing a sweet potato over the normal variety and homemade dishes over takeaways and you're already on the right path. Next, it's onto your workouts.
Just like people lusting after amazing abs, you need to start by upping your cardio as it's the best way to trim down and lose fat anywhere on the body. Interval training that switches between periods of intense exercise and rest are particularly helpful according to Popsugar, as the after-burn effect means you continue to use up calories for hours after.
Next, you need to specifically target the muscles in your back. A great helper is an exercise ball, which can be used for the so-called Superman Lift.
Start by lying on your stomach, with the exercise ball gripped between your feet. Engage your abs and stretch your arms out straight ahead. Inhale and squeeze the ball, lifting your arms, chest and legs off the floor. Hold for a count of 10, then slowly release. Try and do as many reps as possible in a minute, three times a day.
If you don't have a ball to hand, try an easy Pilates move. Again, start on your stomach with your arms stretched out in front. Keeping your neck and spine aligned, lift your arms and legs off the floor. Then raise an opposite arm and leg, alternating side to side. Go for a minute, repeating three times a day.
Yoga can also help in the fight against back fat, as it's very focused on toning specific areas of the body. Join a local class and speak to your teacher, who'll be able to recommend targeted exercises.
When it eventually comes to picking the perfect backless dress, make sure you get one that fits properly. It might sound obvious, but a size too small will accentuate any excess fat in this area.