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Exercise, not sit-ups, ‘leads to stomach weight loss’

Women desperate to lose weight from their stomach areas should stop doing sit-ups and should do more active exercises, according to a fitness expert.

Rich Leigh, founder of Fat Free Fitness, a weight loss specific personal training agency, said that women unfortunately believe in many fitness myths.

He gave the example that many ladies who want to lose weight falsely believe that they can burn fat from specific areas of the body, or “spot reduce”.

“No amount of sit-ups will rid you of a tummy paunch – it’ll work the muscle underneath, but only a healthy diet and an active lifestyle will get rid of the body fat,” he explained.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health launched the second phase of its Change4Life campaign, which emphasises the importance of a healthy lifestyle among adults.

Mr Leigh said that such campaigns are useful but believes that education about diet and nutrition should be worked into the National Curriculum so that, from a young age, people learn how to make healthier choices.

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19 Feb
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3 thoughts on “Exercise, not sit-ups, ‘leads to stomach weight loss’”

  1. Charlotte from nottingham says:

    This helps as ive started dieting and im a single mum of two children so find it hard to get out and do exersize. and i was doing situps. but now im going to start doing exersize when the kids are in bed. jog on the spot etc… for an hour.

    1. Hi Charlotte from nottingham,

      We wish you all the success 🙂

  2. Amanda - New York says:

    Thats soooo true. So many people are ignorant when it comes to exercise but it stands to reason. You can have the best stomach muscles in the world but, if your tummy is covered in excess fat then whats the point?

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