Stubborn body fat can be frustrating. Most of the time, we would do anything to just rid ourselves of the unwanted fat in a short amount of time, which leads many to seek unrealistic methods that have unrealistic timetables for shedding fat. One strategy many adopt to try and lose unwanted weight in a specific area of the body quickly is spot reduction. Keep reading to learn how to apply it to your fitness and health regime!

What Is Spot Reduction?

Utilizing exercises that target a specific part of the body in an effort to lose weight in the specified area is what is referred to as spot reduction.

For example, someone may feel insecure about fat in the thigh and butt region of their body, so they only do exercises that work their thighs and butt in an effort to eliminate fat in that specific area. Since they are okay with the rest of their body, they might neglect exercises that work different regions.

Why Spot Reduction Doesn’t Work

Spot reduction doesn’t often work.  Because you target a specific area of the body does not mean you will burn more fat in that specific area. Instead, your body burns fat evenly throughout your body.

Spot reduction workouts are usually lower intensity workouts since they are only concerned with shedding fat in a specified region and neglects the benefits of adding cardio into the regimen. As a result, they tend to be less efficient in burning fat than a more traditional workout regimen. The upside? You might not be where you want to be, but you’re not where you used to be.

Losing Weight is Simple in Theory and Hard in Practice

The idea around losing weight is simple; you need to burn more calories than you take in. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy.

Losing weight takes great will power and determination to pull off. With that said, it’s important not to complicate the idea more than it needs to be. If you track calories, create a specified plan and have the determination and focus to stick with it which is the hardest part) you can lose unwanted weight.

However, there aren’t any quick fixes and it takes months of hard work and determination to pull off. Stay motivated, make small gains each day and you will be at your ideal weight with consistency and dedication!