By Jarrod Agosta, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist
This month we tackle another weight loss myth. Whilst many diet or exercise programs will have you believe that targeted weight loss is possible, it simply isn’t.
It is true that weight appears and disappears from some areas of the body quicker than others. Men typically lose their belly fat first, whilst women lose fat all over the body but tend to retain weight around their hips and thighs. However, this is due to genetics, gender and hormones.
It is impossible to pick and choose where the fat on your body will disappear from simply by doing a specific exercise, such as sit-ups to get rid of excess belly fat. Personal trainers or so-called nutrition experts call this “spot reduction” or “targeted weight loss” and it’s evident why it has such an appeal: many people wouldn’t consider themselves to be overweight but may have one or two trouble areas that this kind of marketing preys upon. However, the notion that we are in control of this, or can specifically target certain areas from which to lose fat is a myth.