“Spot Reduction” of fat means to reduce or eliminate fat from specific, targeted areas of your body.
For example, burning the fat from your stomach. There is no “natural” way to do this; neither diet nor exercise spot reduce fat. When you do sit-ups, you do not burn more fat from your stomach, than from anywhere else (unless that’s the last place you have fat left, so it has to come from there). [Note: there is some evidence that certain substances like yohimbine may make it easier to burn fat from certain “problem” areas, but the difference, if at all, seems to be minimal.]
The human body burns calories — fat, glycogen, blood glucose, whatever — based on several factors. Higher intensity activity tends to burn calories from glycogen stored in the muscles (and liver) while lower intensity exercise tends to burn stored fat. At the end of the day, all that really matters (in regards to absolute fat loss numbers) is how many total calories did you burn vs how many did you ingest? (technically, other things factor in as well; hormonal environment, did you build or break down muscle, psychological factors, etc., all of which can factor in fat burning and weight loss over time, but is beyond the scope of this particular discussion).
So regardless of how much total calories you’ve burned in a given time and by whatever means… you cannot control where you lose fat. The only ‘reliable’ way until now, was with cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery techniques, like liposuction.
It was observed that condition known as “popsicle panniculitis” occurs when children eat popsicles and the cold causes a “panniculitis” in the fat of their cheeks. Panniculitis is an inflammation… which ultimately causes “apoptosis” of those fat cells. They are reabsorbed by the body, never to return.
This allowed researchers to theorize that one could intentionally use cold to induce apoptosis of stomach fat, to produce the same results; spot reduce that fat and remove it from the body, similar to the children’s cheeks.
Note that with diet and exercise, when you burn fat, you’re usually “emptying” fat cells; they drain and shrink, but you keep the same number of fat cells. But when fat undergoes apoptosis, those fat cells are removed from the body.
So cold thermogenesis and cold-induced apoptosis — spot reduction — should both shrink and remove fat cells. (of course, the superior strategy would be to combine all methods; diet, exercise, cold thermogenesis, and occasional apoptosis, as a means to minimize and even remove fat).
Red spots on cheeks show panniculitis inflammation. The fat on those areas will be reabsorbed via apoptosis. This child may have dimples as an adult, as that fat will never return.
After experimenting on pigs, and then on humans, it was discovered that bringing the skin temperature to above 32°F, but below 41°F, for around 1 hour,
could induce apoptosis of the underlying subcutaneous fat.
This was the “magic” range for spot reduction of fat, and the process was named “cryogenic lipolysis.”
Disclaimer: the following information is for entertainment purposes only! We do not recommend using the Cool Gut Buster to induce apoptosis or for fat spot reduction.
Using it in such a manner drastically increases the chances of cryoburn and other similar damage to the skin.
We do not recommend using the Cool Gut Buster against bare skin! Using the Cool Gut Buster to induce apoptosis spot reduction, you do so at your own risk!
Using an infrared thermometer, we can see the effects of wearing the Cool Gut Buster against bare skin, over a 1.5 hour session in a 60°F room.
The Cool Gut Buster can in fact re-create the same conditions necessary to induce subcutaneous fat cell apoptosis, and induce spot reduction of stomach fat!!!
|36°F after 30 minutes||
38°F after 60 minutes
|40°F after 90 minutes|
|Note: this experiment was repeated numerous times,
interestingly almost always getting the exact same
temperature measurements per time interval.Also note different shorts, from different sessions.
|Keep in mind, spot reduction is not about overall, whole-body fat burning and weight loss. Spot reduction should be viewed as “fine tuning,” to be applied once you’re approaching your target physique.
Spot reduction via apoptosis will only occur a few millimeters at a time (below the skin), and can takes weeks for those dead fat cells to fully reabsorb. In the grand scheme of things, this is a minimal change if one is obese.
So for those obese, the goal should be general cold thermogenesis (of course along w/ dietary changes and increasing NEAT and light exercise) to create overall, whole-body weight loss. The intentional goal of spot reduction should be reserved for those nearly at their end-goal physique.