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Can Abdominal Exercises Reduce Belly Fat?

FatguySmallShort answer is  probably not.  I just read a recent journal article that looked at this question in the The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research for Sept 2011.
Major Points:

  • Focal Fat loss with strengthening around a certain body part or area shows limited evidence (ie back of arm= triceps exercise or stomach=crunches) “Doing bicep curls doesn’t selectively remove fat from the arms”
  • Past research showing loss in focal fat loss relied on skinfold measurements that are highly variable.  Current study used advanced technique called Dual-energy xray absorptiometry (DXA) for measuring body fat.
  • Most effective way of achieving  fat loss is a combination of cardiovascular and weight training best chance for subcutaneous and visceral fat loss in body and at the trunk.
  • Interesting point that you can have changes in your waistline without change in weight after an abdominal exercise program

There is no silver bullet for fat loss!

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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