Can you lose fat in a specific area of the body by targeting your workout regimen to that area?

The short answer is no. “You can’t pick where on the body you want to lose fat,” said Eric Ravussin , a physiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. If you lift weights, for instance, you can build up muscle beneath the fat. But unless your achieve a net calorie deficit — that is, expending more calories than you consume — you will not lose weight, in the spot where you would like to lose it or anywhere else.