If there is one topic that never seems to lose its popularity, it is weight loss. There are millions of people who are overweight to some degree, and a large percentage of those who are considered to be obese. One thing that all of these people have in common is the desire to lose weight. When taking a look into the weight loss industry, it is easy to see that there are endless products that all claim to offer the best solution to lose weight. One of the most highly touted myths about weight loss is the myth of spot reduction.
Unfortunately, this profitable industry is full of scams along with actors that are used to push these scams. Most of these scams involve dietary supplements, spot reduction exercise equipment, and a variety of fad diets. With a subject as important as losing weight, it is easy for the wolves to dress in sheep’s clothing and fool the masses. These so called “wolves” are raking in millions of dollars, while their clients remain overweight.
People are easily fooled into thinking that there is an easy way out for losing weight, like the myth of spot reduction. This thinking is why so many overweight people purchase products to reduce weight in the form of supplements, which many are nothing short of being a rip off. It is not until people start to realize the truth about their bodies that these scam artists and products will be discontinued. It is quite likely that this will never happen. So, for those who want to avoid the deceptions that weight loss products are marketing, please read on.
One of the most common subjects relating to exercise is spot reduction. The reason this particular subject is so popular and widespread is the fact that its storyline is easy to buy into. Thinking that targeting a particular muscle group during exercise will burn the fat that surrounds the muscle sounds realistic and as a result, people tend to believe it is true. Sadly, the seemingly sensible logic behind these fat-burning exercises is not correct, at least not according to several studies that have been conducted over the years.
This myth is perhaps one of the biggest let downs an overweight person will encounter. The simple act of targeting certain muscle groups and achieving perfect tone happens to be the reason spot reduction has turned into a multimillion-dollar industry over the years. For instance, let’s say someone wants to learn how to lose back fat and they see a t.v. ad that states that if they just buy this specialty pull-up bar, then they will lose the back fat in 14 days. In reality, it is just a bunch of rubbish that was created to push useless exercise equipment on unsuspecting individuals. The reason this legendary weight loss method is merely a myth is because fat is a part of the entire body, and is not generalized to just one area. Fat exists in layers that stretch over the entire body under the surface of the skin.
In order to lose fat one must target the entire body and essentially peel away each layer of fat to expose the muscles. Essentially, crunches, sit ups, and other strenuous exercises do little more than to tone and build muscles. Without removing the layers of fat positioned above the muscles, the effort put into these exercises is left unseen.
The only way that fat can be lost is in layers and the individuals that experience fat loss do so by burning far more calories than they consumed. This is accomplished through a sensible diet and exercise. Exercises that target specific areas are great for building certain muscles, but exercises that target the entire body are the ones that target all over fat loss.
Cardiovascular exercises rate highly for their ability to burn calories. Some of the spot targeted exercises do increase blood flow and the probability for fat loss, but not like we are led to believe. In fact, according to Yale Scientific, a study was done back in the early 70′s era that compared the arms of tennis players. The arm used the most was supposed to have less fat on it than the other less exercised arm, and in theory this should have been correct. Only it was not. In fact, each arm contained approximately the same amount of fat.
In a more recent study done in 2007, the University of Connecticut conducted a 12-week study that involved 104 participants. The study consisted of extensive workouts on just one arm. After the time was up, MRI reports indicated that there were no substantial differences in the fat of the well-worked arm versus the rested arm. This leads to the conclusion that specific zone exercises do little more than help the muscles.
In a nutshell, this study concludes that purchasing those pricey zone specific exercise gadgets will accomplish little more than wasting time and money. Don’t fall victim to all of the hype over spot reduction equipment. Shed unwanted fat the sensible way by developing a healthy diet that provides fewer calories than will be consumed each day.