Most people want to know if they can spot-reduce fat on their body.
After all, it would be great if we could just target our trouble areas and melt the fat away, right?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work quite like that. Here’s what you need to know about how fat is created and stored on your body, and why spot reduction simply isn’t possible.
When we eat more calories than we burn, our bodies store the excess energy as fat. This process is known as lipogenesis. Fat cells, or adipocytes, are created during this process and begin to accumulate in our trouble areas. Once these fat cells are full, they secrete a hormone called leptin, which signals to our brains that we are satiated and don’t need to eat anymore.
There are two types of obesity: android and gynoid. Android obesity is characterized by a large waistline and is more common in men. Gynoid obesity, on the other hand, is characterized by larger hips and thighs, and is more common in women. While both types of obesity are influenced by factors like diet and genetics, android obesity is more closely linked to lifestyle choices like smoking, while gynoid obesity is more closely linked to hormonal changes.
So, can you target belly fat (or any other fat area)?
The answer is no.
When we lose weight, we cannot choose how our body will lose the fat because spot reduction simply doesn’t work.
Losing weight requires a calorie deficit, which means that we need to burn more calories than we consume. The best way to do this is through a combination of diet and exercise. By making healthy choices and getting active, we can reduce our overall body fat, but not just the love handles.
We can, however, influence where we store the fat. People who are apple-shaped tend to store more fat in their abdominal area, while people who are pear-shaped tend to store more fat in their hips and thighs.
There are many studies on how to eat right for your body type, but they all have 2 things in common: nutrition + exercise.
So the best way to target all of your body fat is to get back to basics: eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise. These healthy lifestyle choices will help you lose weight all over, including in your trouble spots. So instead of trying to spot reduce, focus on improving your overall health!