Our expert says:
Unfortunately, what you're read is correct, spot reduction doesn't work - sort of. If you look at some top athletes, it's pretty clear that the muscles they use more are more toned than others, and seem less fat. That may not be true, but it certainly seems that way (for example, Rafael Nadal's left arm). So part of the answer is to exercise the calves specifically, because that will help improve the shape, muscle definition and tone, and that's important too.
But in terms of burning fat, yes, you have to burn everywhere in order to burn in one location, and so cardio training will be most important. In this case, the two overlap anyway though. So for example, running, stairclimbing, some cycling, would cover both bases at the same time - a bit of cardio, but targeting the calves, and that would be most important. So I'm not sure if you're active, but that would be my advice, if you can do it. And you probably won't lose more weight, maybe a tiny amount, but you'd be gaining lean mass and probably staying about the same, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
I hope that helps
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