Post # 1
I do crunches nearly every day and have been doing them for a long time. I also exercise regularly. I am no where near having a flat tummy! It’s very frustrating! Does anyone have any ideas or exercises I could try?
Post # 3
Flat tummys come from losing weight. You cant spot reduce. Doing ab work will build muscles, but won’t create a flat stomach.
Not flat tummys even when someone is real thin can come from two other sources, bad posture and genetics. Some women will always have a little extra there because we carry babies there.
Post # 4
Cardio, cardio, cardio and eat healthy. You’ll have great stomach muscles from the crunches but you’ll need to do an activity that burns calories to get the excess fat gone.
Post # 5
Cardio, cardio! @lefeymw is right, it comes from losing weight. As I always say, I have a 6 pack under my layer of fat lol. Sometimes it’s genetic and will never go away. 🙁
Post # 6
Cardio is the answer, like PPs have said.
You can strengthen the muscles all you want, but if you are carrying extra weight, the only way to get rid of that is to burn more calories then you consume.
Also, unfortunately you can’t chose where the weight comes off.
For my it comes off my hips last. So I I want to slim down my hips, my arms, boobs, and stomach all go first.
Post # 7
Yup I agree with PP, its Largely diet, and then most def cardio. There is no quick fix. Also when your doing anything from walking down the street, to your cardio, always pull your stomach in to your spine, aka your core. This will train the muscles in and tighten the core.
Post # 8
In addition to the great advice already listed above, I’m going to suggest changing you abdominal routine to include the Captian’s chair. It works the abdominal muscles as well as burns calories (because you are lifting you legs and holding yourself up with your arms). Good luck!
Post # 9
I want to echo the previous posters and add that I’ve heard stress can give you extra fat on the tummy.
Really though, if you want less fat on your stomach, you have to do lots of cardio. Doing crunches doesn’t make the fat go away.
Post # 10
“abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym”
Post # 11
@leembee: Yeah, I think this is right. Weight loss is like 90% diet 10% exercise. And if you want a flat stomach the exercise should be mostly cardio, and not weight exercises like crunches.
Post # 12
While cardio is good for burning calories, so is strength training. Muscles burn calories while they are resting, not just while you are doing physical activity.
Post # 13
@Bostonsmom: Second. And high intensity weight training activities (think P90X etc) is the way to do it. Going for an hour on the treadmill at 1.2 probably won’t.
Post # 14
@HardyPooleParty: One of my pilates teachers use to call that (pulling your tummy to your spine) the spoon. “Now everyone, make your spoon!”.
She also used to meow in class….
Post # 15
I echo the others but I’ll add that mixing in anaerobic in addition to aerboic will help a lot with the tummy and just in general. When you start to include anaerobic in addition to aerobic it will help the weight come off and the muscles to stregthn. think speed intravels, cardio/weight circuits. things like P90x are based on this concept.
Post # 16
@Bostonsmom: Studies show that the calorie burn of muscle vs fat has been greatly exaggerated.
While I totally agree that weight training should be part of any good health program (for benefits that far exceed calorie burning) as part of “getting a flat stomach” it’s probably not as important as cardio.