Abs and Core Exercises

Lose the Stubborn Belly Fat Hiding Your Abs

Have you tried everything to blast that abdominal blubber, all to no avail? Give these tips a try to start seeing results.


It seems no matter how hard some people work out, or how much muscle mass they put on, one area of the body seems too stubborn to tone up—the belly. It can be really disheartening to spend hours toning up your abs, only for them to remain hidden by a little flabby layer of fat that doesn’t seem to want to shift, no matter what you try. This is a common problem, especially for the older bodybuilder, but it's not an unsolvable problem, it just takes the right approach and combination of diet and subtle changes to your exercise regimen.

Crunches and sit-ups don’t work

The most obvious methods people try to remove belly fat are crunches and sit-ups. The thinking goes that exercise burns calories, so to remove fat in a particular area of the body, you exercise that area. However, this is not how it works. Of course, exercise burns calories, but it does so evenly, around the whole body. By doing an excessive amount of crunches and sit-ups, you may reduce your belly fat, but by no greater amount than the fat in other areas of the body, and while you will have rock hard abs thanks to all those crunches, you still won’t get the definition you want thanks to the belly fat covering them.

To understand why this is, and to find a solution for removing belly fat, you have to realize why we have abdominal fat in the first place. The body stores fat as a reserve, but there are limits to where it can be kept. The stomach provides one of the most available spaces, along with the backside and thighs. However, how your body distributes around these areas is reliant on several factors, including your genes, hormones and diet.

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