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Weight loss affects size, not shape

Headlines from fitness magazines tout exercises that can "blast away belly fat," but weight loss experts say you can't cherry pick where you'd like to lose weight. In fact, no exercise plan will change your body's shape – just its size. "People come in with unrealistic expectations from magazines and spot-reducing," said Gary Foster, director of Temple's Center for Obesity Research and Education. "That doesn't happen. When you start to lose fat, it's proportionate throughout your body, whether it's your neck, waist, ankle circumference. You'll come out smaller but have the same body shape." Read more

Posted:  June 22, 2011