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Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:43 am
by IceDane
So I was telling a friend that spot reduction was a myth, as is generally accepted, when he linked me to this study(Which happens to have been done here in my own country, heh): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16985258" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It seems that spot reduction isn't completely a myth, but it may be unclear to what degree it is possible. The study is also pretty small.

What do you guys think?

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:36 am
by stuward
I think this was discussed here a few years ago. In any case, the effect is very small, and for practical purposes, it's irrelevant. If you want to lose fat on your abs, for example, you are better off doing exercises that work the largest muscles in the body (legs) and eating to minimize fat, and controlling hormones that control fat deposition (i.e. cortisol in this case). That approach will be far more effective than endless situps.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:41 am
by Dub
If effective spot reduction would be true, many people would look very weird (No fat in abdominal region and ass, but totally fat legs and arms). It seems illogical to even think you could lose fat from some portion of your body, but have fat in the other. It would also make fat loss more difficult to program, as you would have to concentrate to equal fat loss around the body.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:32 am
by robertscott
ya, you'd have no fat on your legs whatsoever from walking everywhere. I don't buy it.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:55 pm
by Rik-Blades
Fat people that chew all the time have lean faces, not.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:08 pm
by Jungledoc
I think a lot, and find that my head is getting smaller.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:28 pm
by IceDane
You guys raise some valid points.

I didn't expect it to actually be *that* significant, anyhow, but I never knew that it was at all possible. It was merely curious.

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:55 am
by Stefan 93
stuward wrote:and controlling hormones that control fat deposition
Hi, I was reading about this but I can't find out where some hormones put fat.
If someone has love handles, he is insulin resistant.
If someone has stomach, he has low testosterone levels.
If someone has fat on the back, I think he has something about cortisol.
What about estrogens in men?

Re: Spot reduction -- not a myth?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:13 am
by stuward
Polquin has done some research, or has at least exploited, this area. Ori Hofmekler has also written about estrogen. Estrogen produces the pear shape in women. I'd be guessing as to the fat effects in men, other than man-boobs.