The misuse of this nonexistent term sells more diet gimmicks than any other one out there. Simultaneously, it gives more legitimate certified weight loss and wellness experts more angst than any other out there as they try over and over in vain to counteract the negligently false information spouted from these advertisements. It’s been said many times by many health experts, but let’s say it again all together; there is no such thing as belly fat.
Fat is sort of like blood in the context that it is distributed around your body and it is not categorized by its location. You would not refer to blood that happens to be circulating through your abdominal area as “belly blood” any more than you would refer to blood in your leg as “leg blood.” It is just blood. It’s distributed around where it is needed, like fat in a way.
Fat reduces everywhere at once at a certain rate determined by your calorie balance, genetics and diet. It is not going to “pull” or “burn” from one area more than another due to specific movements, foods, or any other gimmick that wants your money.
It might appear that we lose weight faster in one area than others to some people because losing fat in some areas is more noticeable than other areas. For example, when you lose the small amount of fat stored in your facial area it is significantly more noticeable than the same amount of fat diminishing from your midsection, even if the amount of fat is reduced at the same rate. It just looks more dramatic.
Spot reduction is not an actual thing. It does not work. There are tons of products out there that say that they do that very mystical and false thing, but they are basing this on the fact that if you are reducing overall fat, then yes, you can claim that you are reducing fat in that specifically emotionally stirring area that catches your attention and makes you buy the product.
They know that you feel uncomfortable in your skin, that you pinch your thighs and sigh in the mirror or that you dread bathing suit shopping. They take that personal information and manipulate it, take advantage of it and put a spin on their wares to appeal to someone who actually needs help by cutting corners and taking your money.
They are taking you for a ride. What do you see if you ever read the fine print with any of these products? They say that their product really does work, and then in the smallest hardest to read print possible, they state that it works “when used in combination with diet and exercise.” Hello? It is the diet and exercise that are reducing overall fat!
They’re taking credit for it by stating that the people that they studied for the results that they are claiming on these products lost weight due to the product, when actually, it was the other changes that they made. But you will buy the product because they make that correlation between the results and the non-determining factor that they took that product.
There is a multi-million dollar fitness industry supporting infomercial “experts” to perpetuate these myths so that you will purchase their specific products. The actual facts are that vigorous, high volume exercise programs with core in combination with healthy eating is going to decrease overall fat from everywhere at once. This will include the areas that you want to target and will do so permanently, safely and realistically.
The bottom line is that no matter what the expert who is selling you something promises you that they have newly discovered about spot reduction, the fact remains that your body’s biology is not going to change. We tend to view fat at this cosmetic concept and think that it can be cured with tricks. It’s not only cosmetic to us, fat storage is actually a biological process for survival and it affects our health. When you remember that concept, it’s easier to avoid being tricked by salespeople that are playing on our emotions and vulnerabilities with labeling technicalities that allow them to sell bogus products.