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Is it possible to spot reduce fat and should you eat before a workout? Experts answer the most common health and fitness questions - and it might surprise you

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/01/2019 Billie Schwab Dunn For Daily Mail Australia

Getty © Getty Getty There's a lot of misinformation surrounding exercise, which means it's often difficult to figure out the truth. 

To help you get the best out of your workouts two well-known Australian fitness experts have answered some of the most common health and fitness questions.

Speaking to myBody+Soul, personal trainer Michelle Bridges and exercise scientist and trainer Victoria Burdon answered queries about the right sneakers for different exercises, questions about back pain and more.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at their sometimes surprising answers.

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Should I wear different trainers for weightlifting and running?

a person posing for the camera: Exercise scientist and trainer Victoria Burdon answered some commonly asked questions © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Exercise scientist and trainer Victoria Burdon answered some commonly asked questions According to Victoria some shoes are made for both activities, but it all comes down to the specific type of training you're doing.

For those who are running long distance she recommends a running-specific pair.

a person standing posing for the camera: Personal trainer Michelle Bridges answered some commonly asked questions © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Personal trainer Michelle Bridges answered some commonly asked questions But if you're running shorter distances you can still do weightlifting in the same shoes. 

This is because running shoes are designed with more cushioning and support, while lifting shoes should have more grip.

According to Victoria some shoes are made for both weightlifting and running, but it all comes down to the specific type of training you¿re doing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited According to Victoria some shoes are made for both weightlifting and running, but it all comes down to the specific type of training you¿re doing

What's the best way to blast belly fat? 

Victoria said the only way to blast belly fat is to pay attention to your diet.

She suggested that those who are wanting to lose fat from the middle should reduce their overall kilojoule intake, limit the amount of processed foods, sugar and alcohol they consume, and eat more fruit and vegetables.

a woman standing next to a body of water: For those who are running over long distance she recommends a running-specific pair © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited For those who are running over long distance she recommends a running-specific pair Having too much stress in your life can also cause your body to store more belly fat. 

'Although most people think crunches are the best way to score abs, holding moves like planks are much more effective because they work your entire core,' she told the publication.

It's important to remember that ab exercises alone won't give you a six-pack – only a clean diet will.'

a person posing for the camera: Having too much stress in your life can also cause your body to store more belly fat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Having too much stress in your life can also cause your body to store more belly fat

Is cardio fitness or strength training more important? 

Michelle explained that cardio fitness and strength training are as important as each other.

She said this is because they have different uses that benefit each other as strength training helps maintain your bone density and build muscles while cardio work keeps your engine burning efficiently.

This means you can make the most of your muscle strength and bone density.

'If you're short on time, do a workout that targets both, such as lifting heavy weights. This will improve your muscle strength and bone density while also challenging your cardio fitness,' Michelle said. 

a woman posing in a park: Michelle told the publication that cardio fitness and strength training are as important as each other © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Michelle told the publication that cardio fitness and strength training are as important as each other

Should I eat before or after my workout? 

Victoria said when to eat all comes down to what time you normally exercise and how your body responds to it.

For example, if you lift weights on an empty stomach it will limit your ability as you won't have the required amount of glucose you need to fuel your body.

But if cardio in the morning is more your cup of tea you might prefer eating after you've worked out. 

If you notice that you begin to feel light-headed during your workout that is a clear indication that you should be eating something small beforehand. 

a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Even though it isn't possible to choose where you lose fat from, you can still change how your body looks  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Even though it isn't possible to choose where you lose fat from, you can still change how your body looks 

Is it possible to spot reduce?

Even though it isn't possible to choose where you lose fat from, you can still change how your body looks. 

It all comes down to building muscle in the core to provide definition and shape instead of trying to reduce fat in specific areas.

'If you don't have any muscle in your arms, they'll still look flabby even after you lose weight. Build up your arm muscles, though, and they'll appear toned regardless of whether you shed a few kilos,' Victoria said.

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