It’s amazing how many times we get questions about spot reduction as personal trainers. Common requests like: “I want to loose more weight around my butt… BUT no where else!” or “see this thing around here? these handles? get rid of them!” or the ever so common “Bat Wings” reduction request, the list goes on!
We usually recommend the direct approach to bursting the spot reduction bubble; I’ll sit them down, kindly smile and say, “you will loose weight through lifestyle modification, nutrition and exercise, but unfortunately what commonly happens is that the first spot you’d like to lose the weight is the last spot you’ll end up loosing it.” Spot reduction is a myth, it’s like the winged Pegasus that you learned about in Greek mythology in middle school. I sometimes feel compelled to rip a fitness magazine out of a person’s hands at the grocery store and give them the finger wave with a strong: “no… NO…”
Bubble Bursted? Sorry but here’s why!
Our genetics have a lot of determination as to where a we retain extra fat. You may have heard of people referring to body types like “Pear Shaped”, or “Apple Shaped”, and no, they’re not just referring to fruit because they have a fixation for natural carbohydrates. It’s true that as we gain weight it deposits in different ways around our bodies. Loosing the weight also happens similarly. What most people experience is either a generalized weight loss all around the body or else if it’s only a few pounds of weight loss, the weight tends to convert from fat weight to muscle density so they don’t actually loose weight!
Just keep in mind the following: fitness and nutrition are not short term methods to achieve weight loss, fitness and good nutrition are lifestyles!