the areas you mention are the ones that most clients talk about when they come to one of us for help. As you are looking for a personal trainer, here is my advice:
If the trainer promises you help with those specific regions, run the other way. While it is possible to ‘spot-tone’, it is not possible to ‘spot-reduce’.
The trainer should ask your health history, listen carefully to your concerns and goals. Be prepared that he/she may ask for a medical clearance under certain circumstances. You should then have a movement screening. Your program, if the movement screen suggests it, should contain recommendations for cardiovascular and strength exercises. Depending on the trainer you choose, nutrition and/or lifestyle modifications shoulde be discussed. Please note that it is usually beyond the scope of practice of personal trainers to provide a meal plan unless the trainer has additional qualifications.
I wish you best of luck on you path the health and fitness.
The key to losing weight is to have a negative energy balance. This entails that you should intake less calories than you expend. Increasing your overall daily physical activity will help immensely and this is accomplished by reducing the amount of time you spend being inactive. What many trainers neglect to tell their clients is that physical activity is only one component that will help reduce the amount time spent in an inactive state. Walking or standing instead of sitting for extended periods of time will help immensely over the long run as you are prohibiting yourself from being sedentary. House chores such as vacuuming or gardening can also contribute to the negative energy balance. (Every fifteen minutes or so try to walk or stand in your house or wherever you may be and try to take the stairs more often) Remember every form of physical activity helps immensely. Individuals in cardiac rehab frequently walk or perform simple range of motion activities so the notion that physical activity has to be a vigorous in nature is not true.
Nutrition is also key as it plays a role in maintaining a negative energy balance. Eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day and eliminating any form of binge eating that may be present in your daily routine is crucial. Eating a thorough breakfast and not skipping meals is a good starting point. You can snack on fruits throughout the day as they are very nutritious and healthy. I am sure a Nutritionist can help you with this area more so than a personal trainer.
MOST importantly do not hire a stupid trainer!!!
The abdominal section seems to get so much attention!
My best advice is to eliminate all sugar from your diet, increase your energy expenditure, decrease your caloric intake, exercise full body everyday, drink water.
There is no such thing as “spot reducing”:
Fat is fat, it’s only a matter of where it’s stored.