Ask The Experts
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I thought this was some good advice to share here on my blog. I got it from my spark e-mail. I think we are always trying to figure out how we can lose fat around our stomachs:
What can I do to lose weight in my stomach? I’ve been doing lots of crunches but they don’t seem to help.
There is no way to target weight loss to a specific area of the body because your body decides where it wants to put on weight and where it wants to take it off. The midsection is a common "problem" area for many people.
The best way to lose fat is through cardiovascular exercise. It is important to do a variety of abdominal exercises (including crunches) to keep your core strong, but until that excess fat is gone, you will not see the muscle definition. So if you’re not doing cardio, crunches are not going to help get the six-pack you’ve been hoping for. Regular cardio exercise at a level that’s challenging for you is your best bet.
Written by Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer and Nicole Nichols, Certified Fitness Instructor