You're just giving your ab routine your all, trying to burn and blast away that belly flab. You're exhausted, but nothing has changed. So many wasted crunches and sit-ups that you're ready to throw in the towel! It looks like you're just going to have to live with a bloated belly forever, right? Wrong. The reason you're not seeing a solid result is because of something called hip flexors. Hip flexors are shortened when you do standard core moves like crunches and sit-ups, leaving your hips tilted forward and causing a pooch-appearance.
Can the crunches! And traditional sit-ups! Do stabilized exercises instead, like planks. When doing planks, focus on drawing your stomach inward. This strengthens those ab muscles for a tighter, tauter look. You'll be seeing results much quicker and you won't be wearing yourself out!Don't forget to eat the right foods as well to keep belly fat at bay. Including fish in your diet keeps your system full of omega-3s and proteins. Snack on nuts that are high in magnesium for better sleep and fat loss, and antioxidant rich cherries which are a great belly blasting food. Try these tips and see how they work for you! Show us your before and after belly shot!