Let’s bust a myth

Doing sit-ups will banish belly fat

Spot reduction doesn’t work. Sit-ups are definitely great for strengthening your abdominal muscles and lower back, but they have no impact on the body fat stored in those areas. If you want to lose weight from your waist, you need to lose it from all over your body. Moving is the key to making a difference between the energy you eat and the energy you burn each day, and therefore breaking down body fat. So, including cardiovascular exercise is vital if you want to lose weight anywhere on your body. However, while sit-ups won’t melt fat from your tummy, they will help tighten the muscle under the fat, which makes them a worthwhile addition to your exercise routine.