Will sit-ups give me a flat stomach?

Will sit-ups give me a flat stomach?


Sit-ups and other ab exercises will not give you a flat stomach.


There is no such thing as spot reduction, which means you can’t perform a specific exercise to reduce the fat from a specific spot on your body.

  • Ab exercises will strengthen your abdominal muscles.
  • Ab exercises won’t get rid of the layer of fat covering your abs.

Cardiovascular exercise will help you lose overall body fat, including belly fat.

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