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Doing Sit-Ups Will Not Help You
Flatten Your Tummy

I know youíve heard this one many times before, or maybe you yourself secretly do 100 sit-ups every night before bed in the hope that you will flatten your tummy? While sit-ups are indeed a great way to exercise, and yes, they do help you build your abs, no amount of sit-ups will help you lose that gut alone.

The sad reality of it is that abs are made in the kitchen and not in the gym. By that I mean, the only way to truly lose your gut, is to diet. I know, itís unfair, but itís a cold, hard fact. All sit-ups will do is help you to build your abdominal muscles, but unless you are participating in a healthy eating regime, your stomach will never get flatter, unless of course if you go for drastic surgery or, by some miracle have alien genes.

Quite ironically, people who do only abdominal exercises, and continue eating unhealthy, fatty food, actually feel fatter around their midsection. The reason for this is that while their abdominal muscles are strengthening underneath, and because they are not losing the layer of fat that lies above them, it all just looks like one, big slump of flab. After all, there is more fat than muscle in that region, mostly due to years of unhealthy eating.

Sit-ups offer a great way to target the abdominal muscles, and there are various types and styles that place more focus on certain regions. For example, you get sit-ups that target the transverse abdominus, the lower back or the "love handles".

Combine high reps of sit-ups with a good, clean eating plan, drink lots of water and engage in some form of cardiovascular activity and you will see the difference in your gut.

Author: Dimi Ingle.
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