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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spot Reduction is a MYTH

Have you been had?
Have you ever bought into infomercials promising to help you lose fat in "problem" areas?

Unfortunately, millions of dollars have been made on deceitful claims promising consumers that they will lose fat in their "trouble" areas such as the abdominals, hips, buttocks, and thighs.

The truth is, spot reduction is simply not possible.  Doing exercises that target a "trouble" area (i.e. crunches for belly fat) will not burn fat in that location alone.  So, how can spot reduction be promised? What does happen?

Well.... if caloric expenditure is great enough doing the exercise, there will be fat loss to the entire body, including the "trouble" area thus making claims on the infomercial somewhat true.

To lose bodyfat make sure you are getting the recommended amounts of cardiovascular and resistance training exercise. Click here for the American College of Sports Medicine's guidelines for physical activity.  Are you truly getting the minimum amounts?

Conclusion: Save your hard earned money and remember we don't get to pick and choose where we lose!

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