Sit ups and Losing Stomach Fat
Have you ever felt that urge do some sit-ups? Have you ever looked into the mirror, saw your protruding belly and then felt like dropping for a few just to get rid of it? Common mistake indeed – one that I even see a lot of personal trainers make.
The simple fact remains and that is that you cannot “spot reduce” body fat. You cannot lose stomach fat by doing sit-ups. Just like you cannot lose fat from your buttocks by doing leg exercises. The only way to lose fat in specific areas of your body is to lose and reduce your overall body fat. This is exactly why cardiovascular exercise is so important in losing fat.
The old formula of doing exercise and eating properly really sounds boring but it works. Yes, there are supplements and specific exercises that might help you in different areas, but all in all you have to reduce your overall body fat to reduce the belly fat.
If you have excess abdominal fat then it is nothing more than a sign that your body has too much fat. The stomach area is a common place where excess fat gets deposited. Although some people have the tendency to store more fat under their arms or on their buttocks for the majority of people, the abdominal area is the main problem.
It’s only logical to think that doing sit-ups and stomach exercises will make your belly shrink. We (mistakenly) think that making specific muscles work will burn fat in that area of the body. Unfortunately it does not work that way. Exercise only speeds up your metabolism which speeds up your body’s natural fat burning.
What most people don’t know is that your body is constantly trying to get rid of the excess fat. Exercise helps this process. Good food helps this process.
There is however an argument for and against doing sit ups and abdominal exercises if you have excess stomach fat. Those who support it basically have the theory that doing abdominal exercise will build muscle which will in the long run make you burn more fat. As a general rule, more muscle will burn more fat. It will also start to tone your body and improve your core strength.
Those who argue against doing abdominal exercise feel that strengthening the abdominal muscles will actually make your belly look bigger as the muscles will push y belly out even further. There’s also the issue of injury and having a lot of extra weight around your waist can increase the chances of back injuries.
So, yes sit-ups can have some benefits in losing stomach fat but it will not make you lose stomach fat. In the end you have to do it the hard way and as we all know the hard way often times become the easy way and the easy way often becomes the hard way. Pay the price and you will be rewarded with a slim and healthy body.