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Spot Reducing – A Zap-O-Matic Myth

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Dear Fun and Fit: So … is there no spot reducing? as in can’t just do certain areas, right? like it has to be holistic?

Annie, New York

Vintage fat jiggler

Kymberly: Holy holistic, AnnGirl, no spot reducing? Dang it, and I was just about to shake my booty into toned, tight, tushy status. Maybe just another butt squeeze and I’ll zap the fat that may or may not be present, but only my undergarments know for sure. Please, please, please may I have some spot reducing? How about just some reducing … of this persistent myth?

Alexandra: The only spot reducing that works involves a dry cleaner. Otherwise you’d see millions of women shaking their bellies, right?

K: I am the first (well maybe not, but I beat Alexandra to it) to tell you that you can make certain areas look groovier and more holistic through strength training. But any overlying fat would still need to be nuked through overall, whole body, calorically burning cardio for the lean, green, muscle machine to show through. Oh gotta go. My vintage belly fat vibrating machine just arrived.

A: Annie, I do have some good news. You can just do certain areas. Only work the parts below your hair.

Zapping kid on bike


Put a big clip on your hair so it can hold still while the rest of you moves. And don’t forget that holistic means body, mind and spirit. So tone your body, tune your spirit and tame your mind!

Readers: Have you tried to spot-reduce? How’d that work out for ya?

Photo credits: Creative Commons

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to Spot Reducing – A Zap-O-Matic Myth

  1. Kazi September 21, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Dang, all this time I’m thinking “spot reduction” was a weight loss program for my dog.

    Thanks ladies.

    • Kymberly September 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

      You are brilliant! It IS the ultimate program for your dog, just not for his weight but for his fur. Now imagine if you sent your dog to the dry cleaners! That would be so much spotless fun. Let the fur fly!

  2. annie q. syed September 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    thanks for answering this in much detail fun & fit.
    i am just appalled that so many continue to try and think it works! i mean—what more proof do ya need that it doesn’t!

    love all the posts & photos always.


    • Kymberly September 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      Darn, and I spent so long on that vibrating machine that I thought CA was having another earthquake. Thanks for loving the posts and for sending in your wisdom. Now send money and large gift items.

  3. Ryan September 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Shouldn’t it be illegal to market spot reducing products?

    Or maybe they use words like ‘firm up’ or ‘tone’ to get around it legally.
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  4. Cory September 24, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I at one time felt that it was possible to spot-reduce. All it took was a little personal research to set me straight. It doesn’t work, and, now I see that a little common sense goes a long way.

  5. Dawn October 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    How I wish that spot-reduction did work. My breasts are just fine – after many years of not being fine – but now my hips, waist, thighs, upper arms – in fact the entire rest of my body is now oversized.

    So the choice is do I want a fabulous cleavage and bulging hips – or – non existent breasts and a toned body.

    Dang it – I want the cleavage and the toned body!
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