A friend of mine told me you burn fat on one area of the body, and then the body weight readjusts itself so as to maintain the same proportions within a week or ten days or so of you quitting the exercise routine. However, someone on this Stack Exchange group mentioned that this is false?

Is the original claim/conclusion true or false?



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you burn fat on one area of the body

This alone is already false, thus the entire statement is false.

You cannot spot-reduce fat. Either you lose it everywhere, or not at all.

  • Quite interesting. I was not aware of the existence of the term "spot reduction" to refer to this misconception. I would say many TV commercials (such as the one called "Extreme Power Belt", which targets the abs and back), still use this spot reduction argument to attract clients. Thanks. Sep 26, 2016 at 10:40
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    @JackMaddington they definitely do, the only way to spot-reduce fat deposits is with a blowtorch. Just have to make do with losing weight until you are satisfied like everyone else.
    – John
    Sep 26, 2016 at 12:20

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