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Is Spot Reduction Actually Possible?

If you have a strong background in health and fitness, or if you’ve ever worked with a personal trainer, I’m certain you’ve heard over and over that it’s impossible to “spot reduce” body fat.  Heck, I’ve been telling my clients that for years as well… “you can’t reduce body fat in a specific area of your body by exercising that specific area… fat is metabolized off the entire body.”

For the most part, I still believe that to be true, because it has been my experience and most of the research backs it up.  However, I have been reading about and hearing more from other experts about research that suggests we may be able to better target our fat loss efforts using certain methods.

There are medical methods of spot reduction including surgical liposuction (suck out the fat with a steel suction pipe), laser-lipo (using lasers to heat and shrink fat cells), cryolipolysis (freezing fat cells to death), and mesotherapy (injecting certain compounds to destroy local fat stores).  But we’re talking about using nutrition, exercise, and topical substances to fine-tune fat loss.  Am I skeptical?  You bet!  But it’s my job to be a “Learn it All” rather than a “Know it All”, so I’m not going to discredit this potentially powerful information without checking it out thoroughly.  Besides, in my experience, it’s usually a good idea to challenge the mainstream beliefs.  Let’s take a look at what the heck I’m talking about.

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