We’re not really able to target the fatty area we want to lose by exercising, but the physical activity will still help us lose weight nonetheless.
In a perfect world, all of our bodies would be lean, mean, muscle machines. But our world isn’t perfect — sorry to break it to you — and neither are our bodies. Many of us are caught up each day wondering whether we can lose an extra few pounds from our stomachs, thighs, butts, breasts; the list can go on. In a moment of inspiration, some might think, I’m going to target this specific part of my body. Unfortunately, this way of thinking will lead to little, if any, results (at least for that specific area). But that’s not to say you don’t have a chance of losing fat in the area you want; you just have to get lucky. Here’s why.
The idea that you can work out, say, your abs, and end up losing fat in only the abdominal region is also known as “spot reduction.” Losing weight in a targeted area doesn’t work, however, because the body simply doesn’t work in that way. Within each fat cell is a fat known as triglycerides, which muscles are unable to use for energy. Exercise breaks down triglycerides into glycerol and free fatty acids that subsequently travel through the bloodstream to the muscles they’re providing energy for. The muscles use this energy, and then it’s released as heat, which is the reason it’s known as burning fat