Do Abs Exercises Burn Fat?

Question: I heard that abs exercises build muscles under your belly fat, but doesn’t burn it.  Is that true?

Answer: This is correct!  Abs exercises can help to shape up your abdominal section but they do not burn the fat off.  The reason for this is because you must follow a good diet and create a slight caloric deficit which will enable your body to burn more calories than it consumes.

So for example, if you were consuming 2,300 calories a day, you would want to lower it slightly to about 2,000 calories.  Now, you have given your body the opportunity to burn more than what it is taking in which is a key component to losing belly fat.

In addition, you must also follow a good weight training program as this will help to permanently increase your metabolism.  Yes, that is correct, permanently increase your metabolism!  Make sure to incorporate some cardiovascular exercises into your weight training program as well.  The best time to perform your cardio is right after the workouts.  The reason for this is because once you are done with the weight training session, you will have used up your muscle glycogen (stored carbohydrates) and then your body will begin to use fat for energy.

Make sure your weight training sessions are no longer than 45 minutes and your cardio exercises are in between 15-20 minutes.  Note: The amount of time you perform doing cardio depends on your goals.  For more on the rules to performing cardio, read this article.

Finally, make sure to get a good night’s rest (7-8 hours) to be able to recover from your workouts.

As far as abs exercises go and losing belly fat, if you can follow the things I mentioned above, you will be well on your way to achieving the results you desire!

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