Stop Reducing Fat – Is it possible?
Spot Reduction. This is something that many people believe is true yet is actually one big lie. What is it? Spot reduction is the belief that if one exercises a certain area of their body for a period of time then that specific area will lose more fat.
However, science has no evidence to suggest that this is actually true. Certain companies selling products that claim to improve specific areas of the body certainly want you to believe in spot reduction, by having consumers believe in spot reduction means that their products will be considered highly among other workout equipment hence why they probably still run with the notion thinking we haven't caught on.
On the other hand though we have ‘localised exercise' which means a specific body area exercise, such as the arms or thighs. Being told that by doing a localised exercise will help you lose the fat in that area is also a complete non-truth. With saying this, then what does ‘localised exercises' do? These exercises simply work the muscles that is performing the action in that erea.
“What can I do to lose fat from my love handles?”
So how do we lose fat? As mentioned in previous blogs I have written in order to burn off fat, one needs to burn off calories. Where these calories come from unfortunately cannot be targeted, it comes down to genetics (thanks, or no thanks, Mum and Dad). We already know that a mix of cardiovascular exercises, strength training and a calorie deficit are by far the most helpful when it comes to burning calories and losing fat, definitely much more than the common-myth of doing crunches consecutively to get rid of belly fat.
Unluckily for us fat is stored all around the body. When one exercises, in any certain way, such as swimming or push ups, fat that is stored as triglycerides is broken down into fatty acids and glycerol. This then enters the blood stream, but just because you have leg day doesn't mean that the fat that will burn will be leg fat too. Fat burns from all over the body. Therefore, in order to burn as much fat as possible one should burn off as many calories as possible.
It is true though that some people seem to burn off fat in certain areas easier than others but one thing that must be kept in mind is that everyone is different. It may be easy for you to lose fat in your thighs while your sibling may easily lose fat in their chest. This is all because we, as human beings already have a system where our body first stores fat and second and third in the same way that it has a pattern to how it loses the fat.
So in essence, by burning alot of calories our body will start pulling fat from its storage and burning it as a fuel system for the body but we cannot control where it comes from. Spot reduction is myth-busted