The Key to a Flat Tummy isn’t Abs Exercises

Why abs exercises aren’t the answer

Have you been doing hundreds of sit ups or crunches everyday in an attempt to get some nice flat stomach and haven’t seen any real results?

It doesn’t surprise me.

Have you been searching for the one abs exercise that will finally work your abs out correctly so that your midsection gets some definition and shape and not yet found it?

That doesn’t surprise me either.

You see, the key to getting a sexy toned set of abs isn’t the abs exercises – its the cardio and the diet.

Why cardio and diet are more important than crunches

There is a massive misconception in the fitness industry that you need to do situps and crunches in order to get a toned set of abs.

It is wrong.

I think the reason this misconception is so widely spread is because it allows the big fitness corporations to sell products to women who think that the regular abs exercises don’t work. I mean, have you ever watched television after about 11pm at night? If you have you will know what I am talking about. Commercial after commercial of the crappiest abs machines you could ever dream of! Half the time it looks like the machine is doing the crunches, not the person.

The reason cardio and diet is so important for your abs is simple. We have all heard it before but judging by the amount of emails I get asking me this question it seems I need to mention it again:

If you have a layer of fat over your abs you will never ever see them!

It is that simple. How can we expect to have a set of shapely and firm abdominal muscles if there is a layer of squishy fat covering them? It would be like trying to see the outline of a brick wrapped up in a blanket. Not possible.

It is for this reason that you must focus on losing weight if you want to create some visible abs. And the best way to lose weight is with a healthy clean diet and some good old cardio.

Abs are made in the kitchen

It is an old saying but it still holds true. No amount of cardio or abs exercises is going to help your tummy if your diet is beer and chips!

As far as toning your muscles go, diet is the most important thing. If you get your diet on track then the cardio and resistance training that you have to do will be reduced.

Did you all hear that?

That’s right! Control your diet and you can spend less time in the gym. If you have a Coke with lunch then you can add on about 25 minutes of running if you want to burn off all the sugar to stop it from being stored as fat. If you had water or tea instead of that Coke you wouldn’t have to worry about it.

I look at it like this: if my diet is clean then everything I do at the gym is positive, not negative. What this means is that I am playing “get ahead” not “catch up”. People who eat crap food and then go to the gym are playing catch up because they are trying to burn calories. That is an uphill battle. People who eat cleanly and then go to the gym are playing get ahead because everything they do is going show results sooner. It is a much easier way to go about your weight loss persuits.

If you want to see some sexy abs and a nice flat stomach then start today by cleaning out your kitchen and making a promise to eat natural, healthy, vitamin rich foods. Swap Coke and sugary drinks for water and milk and swap candy, pasta and breads for fruits, vegetables and nuts.

The key to a flat tummy isn’t abs exercises!

Learn more about getting flat tummy on our discussion forum!

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.


  1. Beth says:

    awesome read!

  2. Fatima says:

    I luv it! It all makes so mch sense nw. Lol n here i was crunching away evrydy

  3. Cynthia says:

    Excellent advice and its so true.

  4. nikki says:

    hey, good read, i lost a load of wieght and thought i cud get my tummy hard and firm when really e need to loose more so thanks.

  5. Kimberley Christensen says:

    Great information . . . thanks!

  6. leanne says:

    This is a really fantastic artical. When i decided that it was time to tome up, i immidiatly started doing all varieties of various cruches – with little success. Along with a careful diet AND crunches ive been able to acheive the figure that ive always wanted.
    thank you!

  7. Flo Galvan says:

    this article is sooooo true. ive been doing millions of ab exercises and havent seen results! why?! because i have like 3 lbs of fat on my stomach. after reading this aticle im convinced that cardio is what i should do to get rid f that fat and of course eaat right. thank you for the article.

  8. Lesa Blidgen says:

    This all makes sense, but changing your diet and eating right can only serve to flatten your tummy; what about getting a firm toned mid-section?

  9. Carol says:

    This is a great article and so true. I went from 190 pounds to 140 pounds in 4 months by eating 1200 balanced calories a day and walking 1 hour a day. My stomach still has a little ways to go but it looks much flatter and when a push on it I can feel the muscles. Now I can feel the muscle under the layer of fat and know that if I keep going and lose that layer of fat my stomach will be toned.

  10. lucy says:

    great article good advice!

  11. nicole says:

    aww… but i like pasta… and i just had some :(

  12. Kayla says:

    bread! awww =(

  13. riks says:

    Does this work for post-pregnancy abs? I feel my tummy gets flabbier after each pregnancy!

  14. Ashlea says:

    It all makes so much sense now. Ive been killing myself at the gym for two months doing all different kinds of crunches and seeing no results. Now i know why. Thanks.

  15. akua says:

    really now the secrete has been what kind of work out is good after avoiding all these carbo

  16. Flora says:

    Oh gosh! GREAT!! Finally, i’ve found out why. Great post. Thank you very much.

  17. Laura says:

    im so glad someone has taken it upon themselves to tell people this!!!

  18. Kastelle says:

    This is honest advice but I find it so hard to keep full of the healthy stuff :(

  19. anna says:

    Thank you for the inspiring words. I know this will work for me.. ;-)

  20. JULIET says:

    its really enlightening, didnt know all this info till i got here, thanks a bunch.

  21. JJ says:

    Does this REALY work

  22. stormy says:

    I totally agree – soda and juice are so high in calories that it is impossible to loose a tummy if they are apart of a daily diet. Water with lemon and tea are the best alternatives. I lost 10 lbs quick just by cutting out juice, never realized it was so high in calories – fruit is better.

  23. John Matthews says:

    Choosing a Cardio Exercise for a Flat Stomach.Cardio exercises include running, rope-jumping, swimming, cycling, jogging, and even activities like tae-bo and aerobics. They all work in getting your metabolic rate up, and the choice will be based on what it feels good for you!!!

  24. Adetola says:

    thanks for this wonderful article. i believe it will really help me a lot!!!

  25. Adam says:

    Wow, bravo!! I appreciate a good person that uses a little bit of their time to drop some knowledge. I don’t know my body fat percentage, but with this I don’t necessarily need to know it. My metabolism is very fast, so I eat all day and don’t get any fat buildup it seems. But I do have just enough fat over my abs to make em barely visible. I am impressed and I really thank you for all the information!! Take care!!

  26. marilyn says:

    I have been walking an hour a day and notice that my stomach got really flat, firm and hard. The part of my body that I really wanted some changes that’s why I walk are my fat legs but instead it worked on my abs.

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