Exercise Can’t Spot Reduce, But Liposuction Can!


One of the most widely believed diet myths is that you can “spot reduce” fat deposits with area-specific exercises. Many retailers capitalize on this belief when they sell their programs that promise “rock hard abs in 6 weeks” or equipment that “blasts back fat” by targeting those particular muscles. While you can definitely “spot increase” by strengthening muscles in a particular area, you cannot “spot reduce” any area of fat.

This was proven back in 1971 during a study conducted by the University of California, Irvine. Since tennis players subject their right and left arms to different amounts of exercise consistently over time, researchers evaluated the thickness of fat on both the dominant and nondominant arms of a group of avid tennis players. One might think the dominant arm would have less subcutaneous fat than the nondominant arm, but the researchers found no statistically significant difference between the two among all participants.

Some may argue that spot reduction is possible because they always gain and lose weight first in a particular area of their body, but this is completely predetermined by genetics. The only way you can reduce the apron of fat that covers your abs is not by doing a thousand crunches but by reducing your body fat percentage overall. Many people have had success with losing overall body fat through achieving a calorie deficit. On a daily basis, for a marked about of time, they burn more calories than they consume. Others achieve an overall fat loss with a ketogenic approach (low carbohydrate, high fat) that is increasing in both popularity and credibility, according to a recent, year-long study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Still, even those who have arrived at their “goal weight” often have stubborn fat that seems impossible to eliminate. The lower abdomen, arms, back, and “love handles” are just a few of the areas most people struggle with. While liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it is the only means to successfully “spot reduce” the fat that covers your muscles. Unlike any methods for weight loss, which all work by shrinking fat cells, liposuction literally removes fat cells in a particular area so that those cells never return. Even if a person gains some weight after liposuction, the dispersed fat will not have the same appearance it would if the person had never gotten the procedure. The final result is a beautifully sculpted appearance that helps to reveal muscle definition.

If you hope to reduce fat in a particular area of your body, Dr. Trenton Jones can help you achieve your goals by spot reducing with liposuction. Please schedule your private consultation by calling (801) 418-8172 or filling out our online consultation form today.

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