I would bet that it’s rare the person who can stand naked in front of the mirror and not identify a trouble spot or two. Most of us stand there pinching, prodding and wishing that those extra bits of fat – whether on the belly, the behind or the back – would just disappear. I thought the myth of spot-reducing had been pretty well busted by now, but I still get asked all the time if there are any special diet or exercise tricks that will target specific pockets of body fat.
The answer is – in a word – no. Your body parts don’t ‘own’ the fat that cover them. When a regular walking regimen leads to weight loss, you lose weight all over – not just in your legs. Performing hundreds of pushups or situps a day might eventually uncover a toned chest or six-pack abs – but it isn’t because you’ve burned off only the fat on your chest or your belly. It’s because you’ve increased your calorie burn – and reduced your body fat from nearly top to toe. Read more »