Targeted “Fat Burning” Is a Myth

22687841_10210465040331400_952804666486237811_nYou can’t do sit-ups and make the fat on your stomach go away while the fat on the rest of your body remains. Losing weight and reducing your body fat percentage works the same as deflating a balloon. The fat goes away from your body as a whole, not from certain areas.

I thought about how this myth got started, and I can only imagine that it began with people who work out exercising arms, chest, or legs. When you exercise those parts of the body, the muscles get bigger. This makes any fat on them appear to go away, when in reality, the muscles underneath are creating more volume which in turn creates more surface area which spreads the fatty layer out more, making it appear thinner. So, without really understanding what’s going on under the skin, an easy observation to make would be that fat goes away when you exercise a certain area.

But it doesn’t work that way.

I spoke to a co-worker who told me she was doing sit-ups to get rid of tummy fat. I told her what I said above, and she seemed saddened by it. I told her the good news is that she doesn’t have to do a bunch of sit-ups (which are really bad for your lower back anyway), and that instead, all she has to do is eat right. Of course, that wasn’t good news to her, because she says she doesn’t like vegetables.

You can lead a horse to water…

You lose weight in the kitchen and get fit in the gym or on the track. Not the other way around.

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