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Ab Exercises - Are Ab Exercises The Answer For Belly Fat?

May 25, 2008
People in all stages of fitness constantly search the web for the secret to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Fitness forums are bombarded with requests for help. The answer usually offered is to get a particular ab exercise routine or piece of equipment and burn it off. Unfortunately, the magic routine or apparatus often recommended more often than not just doesn't work.

If any of the magic really worked, why would so many people still be in search of the elusive elixir? Let's face it, the models you see posing attractively while using the equipment and demonstrating the routine did not come by those six-pack abs and sculpted physiques from using the equipment. The models were chosen because they already had the abs.

So how do you get those ripped stomachs? For sure it is not from abs workouts alone. Even if exercise by itself was enough, the exercises most people are looking for are not the right types to help lose that stubborn belly fat. Besides which, there simply is no combination of abs exercises or complete workouts that will melt off that belly fat.

Ab exercises do strengthen and build muscle tissue. They are just not designed to burn fat. The purpose of abs routines is to tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. The abs are already there under the fat but if you want to see them you have to work on getting a full body workout. This increases the metabolic rate and increases the fat burning potential of your system.

Many authorities stress cardio routines to gain this, but again, cardio alone is not the answer. What it takes is a complete, rounded program that works all of your lean muscle tissue with resistance training and multi-joint high intensity exercises.

The real magic to burning that extra belly fat hiding the abdominals is regular full body, high intensity training combined with a healthy, nutrient rich balanced diet. Ab workouts by themselves even if they include specific ab exercises like crunches and leg raises will never burn off your belly fat.

In spite of this, the majority of people trying to lose belly fat still keep doing their daily ab workouts using hundreds of reps. And the internet is full of people still handing out this bogus advice in fitness forums. But it does not work! The "experts" did not get six-pack abs that way and neither will you.

I am not saying that you should ignore ab routines. Abdominal exercises are important. You need them to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles and they are a major aid to your back. But you need to add them into a complete exercise routine to enjoy their full benefit. The fact is that abdominal exercises are not designed to burn fat and they never will.

The most important factors for weight loss in general and belly fat loss in particular are a full body resistance workouts and a healthy, balanced diet. Full body exercises will also work the abs and core muscles and melt the belly fat so you can see that six-pack of abs that you already have buried in there.
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