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Debunking the Spot Reduction Myth

Spot reduction through exercise is just a myth.

Many different companies in the exercise industry would like you to believe that it’s possible to sculpt specific areas of your body by focusing your workout on them. For instance, they want you to think that, if you do enough sit-ups, you’ll have washboard abs. The reason why they want you to believe this is to sell more body-part specific exercise machines, workout videos and specialty equipment. But, fat loss is much more complicated than that, and many studies have proven that spot reduction through exercise just doesn’t work.

Fat loss comes from the whole body, not just targeted areas.

In order to understand why spot reduction doesn’t work, it’s important to understand how the fat loss process works. The fat that is found in your cells is stored in the form of triglycerides. Triglycerides are broken down into glycerol and fatty acids, which enter the bloodstream and are burned off during exercise. The glycerol and fatty acids can come from any area of your body, not just the specific areas you are exercising. The bottom line is that fat loss is much more generalized than most people realize.

Spot reduction is not the same as targeted toning.

The one thing many people point toward when arguing for spot reduction is targeted toning, but the two aren’t the same thing. Spot reduction is about losing fat in specific areas; whereas, targeted toning is about building muscle in specific areas. The exercises used to tone muscles in specific areas of the bodies do help to make those muscles look more defined, but when it comes to fat loss, they just aren’t that effective because they don’t burn a lot of calories.

With CoolSculpting, you can finally target those stubborn areas.

The truth about fat loss is that it’s impossible to lose weight in a specific area of your body through diet and exercise alone, but don’t fret because there’s another option. CoolSculpting is a procedure that helps to target love handles, double chins, stomachs, thighs and more. CoolSculpting is a fat loss treatment that works by freezing your fat cells. Once the fat cells die off, they will eventually be eliminated by your body once and for all. If you’ve got stubborn fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of with diet and exercise, it’s time to find a more effective alternative with CoolSculpting. To find out if CoolSculpting is right for you, contact us today to schedule your free cosmetic consultation. We’re conveniently located in Loveland, but we serve all of Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas.