Do Sit Ups Burn Belly Fat?

Find out if spot reducing can help reduce your belly

the purpose of sit ups
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Many exercisers wonder if sit ups burn belly fat. If you're like most frustrated exercisers, you do countless crunches and see only a small result. It may cause you to question the purpose of sit ups. Well, wonder no more. Here's the low down on the popular exercise. Find out what sit ups can and can not do for your belly before you invest any more time or energy.

Do Sit Ups Burn Fat?

Belly fat can be especially difficult to reduce.

For many people, the abdominal area is where much of their excess fat is located. It's not impossible to get rid of belly fat but you have to be patient.

Unfortunately, you can’t reduce the fat in your abdomen by doing sit-ups alone.  Spot reducing, or doing exercises to get rid of fat in a targeted area, is not effective. When you exercise, you can't choose where you lose fat.  But that doesn't mean that doing sit ups is a waste of your time.

The Purpose of Sit Ups

Abdominal exercises like the sit up serve a very important function. These exercises strengthen and tone the muscles in your belly area. This area is often called your core. It's the area between your rib cage and your hip bones.

When you strengthen your core, you improve the way that your body moves during the day. Your posture improves and daily activities (like lifting heavy objects) become easier to manage. Having a strong core may help you to stay more active during the day - which can help you to burn more calories and lose weight faster.

Sit ups can also help to improve the appearance of your belly. But if you carry fat in your abdomen, the muscles will not show. Instead they will be buried under a layer of fat. So to get a flatter belly, you need to do sit ups alongside a fat-reduction program.

How to Reduce Fat in Your Belly

With a combination of a healthy calorie-controlled diet and exercise you can reduce the fat in your abdominal area, strengthen your abdominal muscles and cause your belly area to appear flatter.

 But you should do cardiovascular activity (aerobic exercise) along with your sit ups to burn fat and calories.

In addition to the sit up, a popular, easy and effective ab exercise is the classic crunch. To get flatter abs with a crunch exercise, lie on your back, put your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees. Loosely clasp your hands behind your head. Tilt back to flatten your back against the floor. Slowly curl your shoulders up from the floor about 30 degrees, making sure you don’t pull up on your neck. Hold for a second and then lower. Start out with two sets of 8 reps and gradually work up to 12 reps.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you'll need to be patient. It can take many months or even a year or more to lose enough weight so that you can actually see the defined muscles that sit ups create. But your fitness program is well worth the effort and your body will feel better along the way.

*Edited by Malia Frey, Weight Loss Expert

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