Lose the Fat to Develop the Tone

Can People Spot Reduce From Certain Areas - Or Is This Just A Myth?

People have problem areas. Even people, who have achieved their ideal body weight, will still have problem areas. It could be the love handles, the flabby arms, the sagging skin or the hips.

You'll find the market offering all sorts of products, from creams and applications to get rid of the fats all the way to gadgets and machines to tone the arms, thighs or the abs.

However, there is one thing you have to understand. You cannot spot reduce. The attempt to do so is not going to work and it will not be for your good.

The lady on the right - has a wonderful figure, but she got it by exercising all of her body.

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Why Can’t I Spot Reduce?

The market place in general misinforms the public of the benefits that can be expected from their so-called revolutionary products when in fact there really are no revolutionary results to look forward to.

1. Healthy Diet Is Important

Diet is an important element to get rid of the undesirable body fats. The foods that you eat have calories and cholesterols that get stored in your body, probably amassing on those problem areas that you so dearly want to get rid of. The diet is the main culprit for presence of fats.

So no matter how much you depend on those gadgets in the market place, it will remain defenseless if you keep indulging in sweets, fatty foods or junk foods.

2. Spot Reduction Is a Mere Myth

It's not healthy to believe what people say about the productivity of spot reduction efforts. The products you see on the market require nothing but merely attach or apply them on the problem areas. What about your other body parts? What about the other requirements of the body?

In any healthy endeavors, you must be on the top of your physiology. You should know what it takes to achieve a goal. For example, if you want six-packs in your stomach, you have to know what it takes to get them.

Some people out there would claim that if you want to improve the look of your stomach, you simply have to concentrate on abdominal exercises or use the gadgets that will do the exercise for you. Again, you cannot spot reduce. You cannot achieve the goal with simply doing that one abdominal exercise.

The fat can not just come off on its own by just using a gadget. Genetics has to do with it. Diet has to do with it. Lifestyle has to do with it.

Only after surpassing the diet and cardio requirements can you focus on the abdominal exercises. This is the only proper time to really focus on working out for the six-packs.

Abs Training

Take Away The Fats First

The truth is, before you can even aim for the six-packs on the stomach, you will have to take away the fats first.

So doing 500 crunches a day is only going to exhaust you and it wont get rid of those fats. Your body will not burn the fats stored in the spot you are targeting.

Actual workouts can actually address this. With this, the fats are burned one at a time, and not just in one area. It has a more integrated system of reducing the fats in the body.

Then you will also have to gain body mass. At this point, the only way you can only get rid of the fats and get some body mass is to have a healthy diet and do cardio exercises

There Are No Shortcuts & No Quick Fix

Miracle diets, pills and potions are just shortcuts that will lead you to a dead end. If a healthy body is your target, you have to work for it. You have to earn it.

We truly are living in a fast world with the advancement of technology, but your body still is very much natural.

You'll still have to be grounded to what is naturally required by the body, healthy diet, regular exercise and considerable amount of time to develop that desirable state.

Health and Fitness Requires Commitment

Your dedication to the health of your body is a lifelong commitment. Even if you achieved a good body now, it will not remain so forever if you abuse on your diet and lifestyle. It needs to be loved and taken care of, regularly.

That is why if you will depend on the spot reduction claims, it will really bring you nowhere. You can only hope, but you cannot expect.

So if you aim for a healthy body; get an exercise program for your self and make some changes in your diet. Give your self a holistic development. Improve not only the body, but your outlook in life as well.

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starbright 3 years ago from Scandinavia Author

The kilo's just seem to sit tight where you least want them (if at all). Thanks for your comment Nell.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I just like to keep my weight down, and hopefully try to target the bad areas, but as you say its not really possible to do that, interesting read and voted up! nell


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starbright 7 years ago from Scandinavia Author

Hi BizzyMuse - thanks so much for joining the conversation. Naturally there are products that do work well - unfortunately far too many don't and it's such a shame that people with for example a weight problem - are misled and then become more and more disallusioned, distressed, depressed and give up on their goal - when these products don't live up to the vendor's salepitch. It's just making people that are already unhappy with their weight even more so.


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BizzyMuse 7 years ago from Southern California

Starbright - thank you for your honesty. People need to understand that you must lose the fat before you can develop the tone. I get so frustrated by the billion dollar industry here which promotes quick weight loss and exercise gimicks. They prey on many naive people who want the quick fix. Time and discipline, in one's diet and exercise plan, are the only tried and true methods. I appreciate you raising the subject matter here and I hope many will read and appreciate the truth of your Hub.

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