It seems logical -- a toned tummy is the by-product of a million sit-ups. At least that's what the late-night infomercials lead us to believe. Plus, gym-goers everywhere appear to be using Swiss balls, ab wheels and crunch machines to craft a chiseled core. Case closed: Targeting the midsection is the secret to a shredded stomach.
When we focus our attention on the science, this convenient way of thinking is not so convincing. The idea that we can pick and choose the part of the body we'd like to shape-up is misguided at best. Truth is, targeted fat loss -- also known as spot reduction -- is a total myth.