The short answer is NO! There is no such thing as spot reduction. It’s a myth that has caused useless misery to gym goers focusing on crunches and planks instead of full body workouts and conditioning.
Where you gain or lose weight first is determined by your genetics or DNA. That means that your belly fat will go eventually…but it will be the last thing to go. When you begin a workout regime, you might find that your slim legs are getting thinner and your cheek bones are more defined.
This is not the time to turn to your trainer and complain that you only want to lose your belly or your thighs etc. Be happy that your body is showing results and you are on the right track. Stubborn areas always go last.
So what is the best approach?
Sign up for a full body training plan with lots of compound movements that focus on multiple muscle groups at the same time. This will allow you to burn fat, increase your metabolism and make you appear more toned all over.
Additionally, you can devote 30 minutes extra 2 or 3 times a week to mobilise the fat in stubborn areas. For example, you might follow up your online FZM Bootcamp class with 3 sets of planks, combined crunches and standing Oblique dips. The aforementioned set won’t get you instant abs but will help sculpt the muscle underneath the fat. As a result, the area will start looking more taut over time. However, just the 3 sets won’t do anything if you don’t do the full body Workout first.
Don’t give up hope!
You will be shocked at how fast you get results once you start applying the tactic above.
Also, never skip your cardio. You might detest burpees but they will get you fit in no time.
The Bare Truth
There are no short-cuts in life. Set up realistic exceptions. Give yourself 3 months of hard work along with eating well (not less!!), and you will see tremendous results. Most importantly, invest in a good trainer. Try not to follow free programs and Instagram workouts. Fitness is a science. Even if you sign up for a bootcamp class, you need a trainer who will give you individual feedback pertaining to your specific body type and fitness goals.