This Article is About
bugatti veyron
compound movements
high intensity
two cars
biceps
calories
metabolism
intervals
weights
muscles
genetics
few minutes
15 minutes
Do Crunches Burn Belly Fat?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

If I do a lot of crunches, will I burn a lot of belly fat? Let me think about that for a bit... Nope. Crunches don't burn belly fat. OK, they burn a bit of fat. Talking burns fat too, just not as much as you would want to if you're trying to slim down. Unfortunately. Or not, since I know some people who would be 4 inches around if it did.

Anyway, back to crunches. Some people think if they do crunches the fat on their belly will magically disappear and the fat other places won't be touched. But the fact is, you can't spot reduce fat. Your body decides where to put the fat, and where to burn it. It depends on your genetics.

So why don't crunches burn much fat, since it's so hard to do them? You might do a hundred crunches and your abs are burning like crazy. But you still haven't burned many calories - maybe about a hundred.

It's because your ab muscles are so small. Think of two cars: a Bugatti Veyron with an 8 L engine, and a Smart car with a 0.8 L engine. Which will burn more gas? The Bugatti, of course, because its engine is bigger and more powerful. It's the same with muscles; bigger ones (legs) use more energy than smaller ones (abs, biceps).

Another thing: you can probably only do crunches for a few minutes or less. But take some sort of cardio, like football: you might be able to play football for an hour or longer. Which will burn more fat: an hour of football or a few minutes of crunches?

Instead of crunches for fat loss, try a better way: moderate or high intensity cardio. You can even try intervals - go all out for a certain time and then rest for a certain time. That way you could do more easily do 15 minutes of hard, fat-sizzling work. It will raise your metabolism as well, so you'll burn more energy even when you're resting.

Another way to lose weight is to lift weights: relatively heavy compound movements will build muscle (which burns extra calories) and also burns calories while your body recovers from it - for up to 24 or even 48 hours.

But all this won't do much if your diet is bad. Lots of junk food, pop, and processed foods could prevent fat loss no matter how much exercise you do. It's pretty obvious that diet is a big deal, but surprisingly it's something that a lot of people don't think twice about.

If you still want to do crunches to lose weight, go ahead - maybe 500 a day will help a little bit. But probably not, since you'll build a layer of muscle under the belly fat. And you probably won't use enough energy to get rid of the fat. Oops.

So really, although you don't have to cut out crunches altogether, just try to focus on other ways to lose fat - do some weight lifting and cardio for that.


Street Talk

Way to go! Nice article.

Reply
  about 8 years ago
You May Also Like
The Real Way to Make A Living Online - The Life Of An Affiliate Marketer
Now we all have dreamed of having that rags to riches story happen overnight. You know, we buy into this online program, spend about a half hour to an hour setting it up that night, and then waking up in the morning in this ocean front mansion with that brand…
By: J. Stretch in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Jul 25, 2013  
0
  Likes: 5

Proven Tips to Build Muscle Mass And Increase Strength Fast
When it comes to getting muscle mass fast a lot of guys have no idea what to do or how to adjust their training in order to build the muscle mass and get the strength they want. While it is true there is a lot involved in gaining muscle mass…
By: Darin Sewell in  Health and Fitness  >  Build Muscle   Dec 01, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

How to Train Your Abs for High Intensity Sports
A nice set of six pack abs are a wonder to look at but what if you wanted abs that you could rely on in a competition environment? For athletic affairs you need more than just bulk(although it might come in handy in sports like boxing and mma/k1!). You need…
By: Chip Paulson in  Health and Fitness   Jul 27, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

High Intensity Vs Low Intensity Cardio
This is the question people argue about all the time: should I do high intensity or low intensity cardio? I'll give an answer that you might not want to hear: it depends. What are your goals? That's the big question. If you want to be able to run a 10-mile…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 17, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Is P90x A Scam?
P90X is among the leading things in fitness right now. Many men and women love the program while having experienced great gains by using it. But there’s definitely a great deal of cotroversy: a number of people today say that the idea doesn’t deliver the results, or perhaps is harmful,…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Sep 10, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Getting Six Pack Abs is Simple!
It is true. Getting six pack abs is simple but not necessarily easy. It is a rather long road and requires hard work, guts, and sacrifice. If you are willing to put these things in, you have already taken the most important step in getting six pack abs-the first step!…
By: Chip Paulson in  Health and Fitness   Jul 22, 2013  
3
  Likes: 0

Hockey Workout for Endurance
Hockey is an extremely competitive sport and you need to take every advantage you can get. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can greatly improve your on ice ability through hard work on the ice. Hockey workouts for endurance are a very important factor…
By: Curtis Parker in  Recreation and Sports  >  Hockey   Oct 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 6

Advanced Cardio Techniques
So you’re the guy that doesn’t need to lose anymore weight, and you’re just looking to take your cardio to the next level? I know how it is when even high-intensity cardio exercises start to become easier, and easier. This is why you must alter your routine to increase the…
By: Nathan Gotch in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Nov 01, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Rapid Fat Loss – Avoid the Pitfalls That Come With Your Attempts to Lose Weight Fast
Rapid fat loss is a desire of every woman who ever wanted to lose fat and drop those excess unwanted pounds. In fact, I have an idea that if you are reading this then you are interested in finding a good way to lose fat quickly as well. My goal…
By: Jo Chris in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 29, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Coming Back From A Knee Injury: Why Set Backs Are Part Of the Process
Truth be told, I am shocked the knee has not given me issues before now. I have been putting it through some very serious work lately. My latest program is Tapout XT which lives up to all of its hype as a very intense workout. I have made it through…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness   Dec 25, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Effective Sprinting Variations for Cardio
If you weren’t aware, sprints are one of the most effective high-intensity cardio exercises you can use. This exercise is a great option for rapidly decreasing fat, while building lean muscle at the same time. Many people are intimidated by sprints… Don’t be. You must understand that every person starts…
By: Nathan Gotch in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Nov 14, 2012  
2
  Likes: 0

Britax Frontier 85 Combination Booster Car Seat Rushmore - The Pros & Cons
If you have kids then you probably know how important it is to have a good quality children's car seat and working out which one to get is often a difficult task. In this article I want to have a look at some of the features, as well as the…
By: Happy Baby in  Home and Family  >  Babies Toddler   Aug 18, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Blast Your Biceps
If you think about bodybuilding, you often think about people with a big, muscular physique that makes people awe in wonder at their incredible body. To name a few, there is the world-wide known Arnold Schwarzenegger, always known for his "Herculean" physique. Or Jay Cutler, who everyone knows as one…
By: Travis Flynn in  Recreation and Sports  >  Bodybuilding   Aug 30, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil
In this blog post, I will be explaining about canola oil. short, Yes, it's true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but "healthy". I will also be teaching you about canola oil I will also teach you important note on…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Must - know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements
Must-Know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements One of the top things that you need to make sure that you’re doing as you go about your weight-loss program is setting your calorie intake up properly. Those who don’t use the proper calorie intake are never going to see results, or…
By: Colin3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1406    Report this Article