Tuesday Tip: Targeted Spot Reduction Weight Loss a Myth

Fitness & Health Promotion Coordinator Deborah Ivey and St. Clair grad Sarah Ryrie.
Fitness & Health Promotion Coordinator Deborah Ivey and St. Clair grad Sarah Ryrie.

(Windsor, Ontario) – Think to narrow your waistline, you should do mostly ab exercises? Are you thinking you should just do arm exercises to trim your arms? Hoping for leaner legs so you're considering just doing leg exercises?

Many people wonder, when it comes to weight loss, is it possible to just lose weight in one specific area of your body through targeted exercises?

St. Clair's Fitness and Health Promotion Coordinator Deborah Ivey's answer is quite simple:

"Absolutely not."

Ivey says spot reducing is a myth.

"If you want to reduce fat, no matter what area, you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet and get some exercise," says Ivey. She recommends 150 minutes of exercise a week, with resistance training twice a week within that time – which are things like body weight exercises like push-ups.

You cannot change the way you body stores or loses fat. But with a proper diet and workout routine, you will experience overall fat loss, says Ivey. And eventually, you will lose weight from the specific area you are hoping to target!

Fitness & Health Promotion Coordinator Deborah Ivey and St. Clair grad Sarah Ryrie.
Fitness & Health Promotion Coordinator Deborah Ivey and St. Clair grad Sarah Ryrie.