Do crunches really help in burning belly fat apart from building abs?

India
June 18, 2012 1:20pm CST
I am in a great confusion. The thing is that I am having a good amount of fat in the belly side and I am only 19 years old. Now I need to burn the maximum amount of belly fat from my stomach area and work out to build abs. I know it will take very much hard work and effort and much time too, but I am ready to face all of it. Can any one suggest me good exercises or crunches techniques which can help me faster in building abs and decrease my belly fat?
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• United States
18 Jun 12
Crunches are good for you, and they could help you develop nice abs, which would make your belly look a whole lot better... but you can't spot-burn fat. You got to burn it all over, so make sure to be doing lots of other exercises especially cardio exercise because those really get your blood pumping and your body burning. Good diet is also a must, and we all know what goes into a good diet... fruits, veggies, high-fiber, lean meats, etc. Good luck!
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• United States
18 Jun 12
They help, but then again they could not help very much. After a while your body gets used to the excercise. Then it will stop kinda working. Mix up your routines every now and then: jumping jacks, jogging, walking, pushups. Eat less calories most importantly. You'll feel better about yourself AND lose weight quicker :)
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
18 Jun 12
Everyone is wrong! Crunches can burn fat -- any type of exercise can burn fat. Burning calories is burning fat, and any activity can help you do that. However, there is no way to target specific areas of fat. That's an old myth. Some people lose fat in their stomachs first, or they just notice that first. Fat burns where fat wants to burn. It's the body's reserves. You can't target it specifically outside of liposuction. The best way to go about it is to lose fat overall. The good news is that working on your abs will give you definition, so when you finally do lose the fat there, you will look a lot fitter.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Jun 12
There are actually a lot of things that you can do to help to burn fat around the core of your body. Crunches do help a lot, but you need to do them slowly and concentrate on your core when you are doing them. Planking will help as well because you have to keep your core muscles tight. Finally, even in just carrying on your daily activities, if you keep your core muscles engaged, that will help to burn fat in the core of your body.
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• United States
18 Jun 12
Chances are that a lot of the fat might be a build up from just lower activity levels and poor eating habits. Think about it, in high school you got up at least once every hour to go to a different class so you were walking around a lot more. ..and you were probably in some hobby, sport, or at least P.E.! Now you are out of school, what are your physical habits? Do you play games all day? Sit on the couch once you get home from work? Have a steady diet of pizza, burgers, and fries? As for exercise, cruches work but you need to make sure you do all types of crunches. You want to focus on your core front section and sides as well. One good exercise is to lay down flat, and keeping your legs straight and together, lift them up to about a 45 degree angle for about 10 reps. You should feel this in your lower stomach. Then still laying flat, lift your knees at a 90 degree angle and move them together side to side. This should build the side muscles. Finally alternate in bending and straightening your knees at the 45 degree angle like you are cycling in the air. This will work on your upper abs. Good luck!
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• Bangladesh
18 Jun 12
Actually greesy food ultimately creates discomfort or disease in our life. My suggetion is to avoid all greesy food and cling to eating fruits and vegetables. These will burn all piled lol fat gradually and make you slim. Apart from these, the exercise what i do daily is i lie straightly on ground facing upwards and without have any support i rise and sit for about sixty times.
@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
18 Jun 12
Crunches do not burn fat. The only thing that burns fat is cardio exercise. Crunches would be for your muscle, but they will not burn stomach fat. There is no such thing as spot training. It's impossible to lose fat from only one part of your body by doing exercises that focus on it. Just as when you gain, you gain everywhere, when you lose weight, expect to lose from everywhere. (Only, some people sometimes have certain problem areas where they will gain weight first, and lose weight last.) If you want to lose the fat off of your stomach, please do not do crunches and expect to have a flat stomach. You will have to do cardio exercise. Anything from dancing, jogging, walking, to step aerobics, kickboxing, and jumping rope. Also, if you want to get noticeable ab muscles, crunches are still not the most beneficial exercise to do. You should do bicycles, and reverse crunches. Good luck with your weight loss!
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
18 Jun 12
go jogging or running, eat less plus check what you eat. Since there is a good reason why you have the max of fat at that part of your body
• India
18 Jun 12
Hmm yeah this thing I am already doing. As I have written above, I do regular walking and jogging. And i eat less and drink more water. If there are any new suggestions, that would seriously help me.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
21 Jun 12
I have always had a flat stomach, until I got older. Now I have belly fat, not a lot, but it won't go away. I do a variety of exercises everyday so my muscles won't get used to doing the same thing everyday, and so I don't get bored. However, there is no way to lose in just one area. After you lose the fat, your muscles will look better, but you must lose the fat all over. Most people have problem areas that gain first and lose last, but there is no "magic exercise" to make your belly fat disappear!
• Marikina, Philippines
21 Jun 12
Hmmmm. Decrease belly fat? I think everyday exercises inside the gym. What I know that there is a fitness center for those people who wants to build abs. That is what I know, but I think there is a fee. That is according to my knowledge.
• Philippines
20 Jun 12
Watch out for your caloric intake. The culprit in gaining weight & fats more specifically in your belly portion is the excess carbohydrates you are giving to your body. Our body has required carbohydrates intake, if you give your body more than what it needs & you don't burn it by doing exercises definitely you will gain weight. Usually women could burn calories w/o exercise from 1000 cal to 1500 calories depending on your height & weight. Let say the whole day you were able to eat 5000 plus calories, then less 1200 cal, the calories your body could burn at rest (bmr), so you still has an excess of 3800 calories. You must burn this excess calories through exercise, & roughly that would take you 4-5 hours in the gym. So don't be in shocked if you find your self losing weight slow or not at all even if you do exercises... Or if you want to lose fat in a healthy way you may check this out http://www.jessyfm.sulit.com.ph for more information.
@rkennedee (333)
19 Jun 12
as far as i'm concerned when you do abs exercise it doesn't only burn fat but it transformed them into muscles that's why if you a aiming for a good figure you also need to diet or else you'll just have a big tummy with muscles
@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
19 Jun 12
You can burn belly fat without doing crunches. I saw a video on youtube teaching you how to do that. It requires push ups too. I'm using push up pro. It's easier and you can feel your abdominal muscle contract as you do this.
19 Jun 12
I have been on crutches for a while now for an ankle issue i have not noticed any major belly fat lose but it does help a lot with abs, forearms, and triceps. My suggestion would be to ride a bike and run in turn.
@shaggin (36676)
• United States
18 Jun 12
Crunches are great for toning up your stomach. If I do them consistantly you can see results within a few days. My problem is continuing to do them every day. I usually do 50 of them in the morning. I would like to do more then that but I lack motivation. I ride my exercise bike a few times a week for 50 minutes or more. Seeing a little improvement. I've also started eating smaller portions at meals. Good luck.