Why Spot Reduction Doesn’t Work—Until Now

Why Spot Reduction Doesn’t Work | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Why Spot Reduction Doesn’t Work—Until Now

You’ve heard nutritionists and trainers say time and time again that spot reduction doesn’t work. However, it can work at Spectrum Dermatology thanks to CoolSculpting. But let’s consider why it doesn’t work with diet and exercise alone. According to a professor of nutrition and exercise sciences, Dr. Todd Miller, “Fat in your body is like gas in your gas tank. Thinking you can reduce fat from your stomach alone is like saying you want to use gas only from the right side of your gas tank.”

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Fat is similar to gas because both are stored energy. When it’s used or “burned,” it is recruited from all over your body. There’s no way to request only fat from your belly, upper arm area, thighs, or any other target destination. Yet people still carry fat differently, and that’s largely due to genetics. Everyone has a different fat distribution, and we usually inherit that distribution or “shape.”

Of course, your gender and age also play a role in fat distribution. Men usually put on more weight in the midsection while women carry more in the hips and thighs. To achieve an ideal look, such as a six-pack, a combination of low body fat along with a genetic predisposition is required. Low body fat for women means 15 percent (it’s less for a man), and the average body fat for women is 25 – 31 percent and 18 – 24 for men. Even then, it’s possible for two women with 15 percent body fat to have completely different bodies. If one carries fat more evenly, they are more likely to have a six-pack than one who doesn’t carry fat evenly.

This is understandably frustrating, especially if you’re committed to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Spot reduction in the kitchen and the gym just aren’t possible. In order to spot reduce, you need professional intervention. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive way to freeze away targeted fat for good. CoolSculpting and liposuction are the only ways to spot reduce, but CoolSculpting is non-surgical with no downtime.

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CoolSculpting is safe and effective results appear in several weeks following appointments so there’s no risk of sagging skin from sudden fat removal. To learn more about CoolSculpting and to schedule your consultation, contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.