|No. Some green slime + cellophane is not going to make this possible within 5 weeks ;-)|
First things first: In the "conflicts of interest" declaration at the end of the paper that is still in the "accepted manuscript" form, the authors declare no interest. If that's correct - and I simply assume it is - they probably have not yet patented their green tea + green clay + magnesium sulphate infused "plasters". This does not only mean that it is unlikely that the scientists "improved" the results of the treatment group; it does also mean that this could be your chance to make a fortune as a fat burning patch or fat burning oil, -creme or -whatever producer :-)
Why don't you test it yourself!?
Now, you all know that money doesn't grow on trees. So aside from a proper amount of entrepreneurship you will also need the will and patience to (1) massage your tummy with an alcoholic extract of green tea (alcohol at 96%) for five minutes (2) apply a solution of ~34g of green clay combined with ~19g of magnesium sulphate in ~17ml of distilled water to belly, (4) plaster your abs with plaster bandage that was previously impregnated with 3g of a green tea and another 7g of magnesium sulphate and finally (5) wrap yourself up in cellophane - go for it! If it works, it's your chance to make a fortune ;-)
SuppVersity Facebook post on "spot reduction": A Study from the 1980s says "5007 sit-ups won't shrink your belly by an inch" - I guess the 27-day sit-up challenge the scientists had their subjects perform will remind you of the "six-back" or "flat belly" specials in the Men's H. and Sh*pe magazines of this world; programs of which I can assure you that they will yield the exact same results as the one in the study: NONE → "Body weight, total body fat (underwater weighing), and fatfolds and girths remained unaltered." (Katch. 1984)I guess the tone in the previous paragraphs has probably given away that I am still somewhat skeptical about the magical fat burning prowess of this "beer-belly remedy", but if you look at the results the 10 normal / pre-obese women in the active arm of this 5-week study you will have to concede: That's pretty impressive! Especially in view of the fact that ll they did to achieve that were two "fully wrapped" up endurance exercise sessions at 50% of their individual maximal heart rate reserve (=maximal heart - resting heart rate) per week.
|Figure 1: Difference (active - control) in body fat / skinfold thickness (in cm) and calculated total body fat (caliper data) after 5 weeks with only two "fully wrapped" up 30min endurance sessions (Moreira. 2013)|
- Katch et al. Effects of Sit up Exercise Training on Adipose Cell Size and Adiposity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 1984; 55(3).
- Moreira JS, Carneiro Pinto de Melo AS, Noites A, Couto MF, Argel de Melo C, Freire
de Almeida Adubeiro NC. Plaster Body Wrap: Effects in Abdominal Fat. Integrative Medicine Research. 2013 [accepted manuscript]