Is It Pointless To Do Sit-Ups If You Have Excess Belly Fat?

March 30, 2014

Dieting and exercise have long been the staple tips for someone who wants to lose weight.

Some people wonder, though, just how much exercise they should do if they have a lot of belly fat.

Will it work, they ask, if you simply focus on just doing sit-ups?

Focusing on Sit-ups Alone Will Not Remove Belly Fat

While sit-ups are a good exercise, it just is not enough to take off the unwanted belly fat.

Focusing on just this part of your body will not enable you to burn enough calories at a time to lose the excess weight.

With any kind of exercise, you will have to burn 500 calories per day in order to lose just one pound of fat in a week.

The reason that it is not enough is because your body will choose for you where it will take the excess fat from as you exercise. This means that it is something that you cannot control.

Sit-ups Help to Build Stomach Muscles

By doing a lot of sit-ups, you will strengthen and firm up your stomach muscles. This may help you to feel a little better, but it is apt to take some time before you are actually able to lose the excess fat around the middle.

Most likely what will happen is that by building up your stomach muscles it is apt to cause the fat to stick out even more.

Regular Exercise Will Enable You to Remove the Extra Weight

Exercise of any kind is good for the body, as long as it is done in moderation and when there is enough of it. Standard recommendations are that 150 minutes per week is needed.

The exercise itself will enable you to get in and stay in better shape and it will help to prevent you from gaining more weight. When combined with a right diet, you can lose the overall weight and reduce the excess belly fat, too.

The amount of exercise is also important, and a regular program will enable you to go a long way toward removing the excess belly fat.

Best Strategy to Remove Belly Fat

Losing that belly fat requires that you take an overall program of exercise that will help you remove weight all over.

As you continue to exercise and lose weight, you will see pounds lost all over, and it will sooner or later take pounds off of your belly, too.

The type of exercises that you want to focus on is exercises that focus on your entire core, rather than just some muscles in it. This will enable you to burn calories faster, which will result in faster weight loss.

Reduce the Number of Calories Consumed Daily

No matter what kind of exercises you do, you will definitely lose weight faster if you cut back on the calories you consume every day.

If you consume more vegetables, fiber, fruit and less carbs, you will still be able to feel full even though you are changing your diet. You also want to make sure that you cut down on sugar and products with high fructose corn syrup, such as sodas.

Remember that eating regularly is also essential to working with your body’s metabolism. If you skip meals, your body will work even harder to store any sugars you consume and it will become even more difficult to lose weight.


  1. Bontemps Bijoux

    April 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Spot on advice. Reducing your caloric intake drastically will put your body into starvation mode meaning when you do eat, your body will absorb as much as it can because it thinks it may not see another meal for awhile. Your fat cells will absorb any fat sent their way because you have to have it in order for your internal organs to function properly. That goes for protein as well. In excess, the protein will be stored as fat if you aren’t exercising and using/burning those calories. Cutting out too much protein will starve your muscles, and your heart is a muscle. Drastically reducing calories could be deadly.

  2. Yack62

    April 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I love all the Crap about Pilate’s and Core Exercises. The fact is if you do any type of exercise and you do it right you will work the core muscles. Anytime you breathe, if you breathe using your diaphragm and stomach, it’s a Core exercise. Funny how people build on names for profits. No one knew who Pilate was 20 years ago, except Pilate. 🙂 Of course, I am not belittling the article, just wanted to make a point about Core exercise. You have to breathe to get O2 to the muscles, even if you are just exercising your fingers, or just gripping a fork, or eating or….on and on and on. Breathing right, it’s a Core Exercise. So don’t overeat or over drink (which means get up from the meal area, wherever you eat with a feeling of, “wow if I ate just a bit more, I would be full” and not “Wow, I ate too much and I can hardly BREATHE) and get up and do something even if it is to walk around the block and do it every day, not just 5 times a week and don’t forget to BREATHE. Not very many Americans ever exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes. There are some statistics that show: 49% exercise 3 times a week, almost 18% exercise 2 times or less a week and the rest
    never exercise or on occasion. Of course, statistics change depending on who are collecting them and the population that are surveyed! Go figure your own. Oh, you should go talk to the Twins and the Angry Trainer about Fasting. Many people don’t believe in eating 3 to 5 meals a day anymore. Facts are don’t overeat and get up and move!

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