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Can you target fat loss to specific areas of your body?

Posted by Joe Wicks in Fitness

This is another question that I get asked all the time on social media and it's another one of those health and fitness myths that often gets thrown around.

The short answer is no. Targeted fat loss, often refered to as spot reduction, is not possible and there's no solid scientific evidence to suggest that you can burn fat on specific areas of your body. 

To put it simply, doing 500 sit-ups a day will not burn the fat around your tummy, and no amount of triceps dips is going to burn off those bingo wings. Building strong abdominal (abs) muscles will not give you a 6-pack if those muscles are hiding behind body fat. The human body just doesn’t work like that.

The good news though, is that through regular exercise and good nutrition, you can burn fat from your entire body, and get fitter, healthier and leaner in the process. You can target muscle growth and improve your muscle definition with weights and body weight exercises, focusing on specific areas, whether that’s the chest, back, arms, legs or abs.

Try this ultimate beginners HIIT workout on my YouTube channel. 

What’s the best way to burn fat?

If you already follow me on social, or have any of my books, you’ll know by now that I’m a big fan of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It’s my favourite type of workout and it’s a super effective training method for burning fat. Not only does it get your body burning fat like nothing else, but it also boosts your metabolism and will get you super fit by improving your cardiovascular fitness.

If you combine workouts with good nutrition, not only will you feel awesome, you’ll soon transform your body and become fitter, stronger, healthier and leaner. 

To find out more about my tailored fat loss plan, click here: 90 Day Plan.



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About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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