Fat Loss question

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fat Loss question
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:47pm

Is it possible to lose fat from a targeted area, specifically the abdomen?

My understanding is that we lose fat from all over the body, where ever fat deposits might be. Maybe not at an exactly equal rate, but at a similar rate at the different areas. We can tone specific areas through exercise so they might appear smaller but the spot exercising isn't burning the fat off of that particular area. In previous weight loss attempts it seemed like I was losing from the top and bottom so my face and ankles would be thin long before my hips and belly were thin.

Then I started hearing about the Flat Belly diet and how eating MUFAs at every meal will supposedly make the abdominal fat burn off more quickly than fat in other areas?

Since I hit menopause I've been accumulating fat in the abdominal area more than in other areas such as the thighs. With my "old" belief of how fat will burn off, I will likely look skeletal before the tummy pooch disappears...assuming I can get that far! 

Do I have it wrong, and maybe the fat will burn off more quickly in the areas where there is more of it? Does anyone know if the Flat Belly diet/MUFA theory really works?

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 11:11am

You have it right. There are all sorts of diets and exercises that promise what people want to hear but short of liposuction, we can't control where the fat comes off our body, unfortunately.

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:47am

I haven't read the latest clinical studies, but I know from experience that your understanding is correct.  I think it's hormonally induced, and a product of the aging process.  Therefore, I TRY to stay on a low fat diet and exercise regularly.  Plus, I find that holding my ab muscles in and, therefore, standing up straighter, is a must!

Good luck!