Many people are on a quest to achieve a “flat stomach”. The obsession with the abdominal area can cause frustration, anxiety, and can even lead to eating disorders. Unfortunately for many people it is not physiologically possible to achieve a flat-stomach. Our abdominal muscles are not designed to be flat. Instead, they form a rounded and not flat, shape. Gender, age, and individual body types can affect the size and shape of your abdomen. The fact that millions of peoples desire a trim waist is what keeps the ab equipment industry booming. Unfortunately, many of the abdominal exercise gadgets on the market are ineffective and sometimes even unsafe.
Exercises remain the best option towards toning up your abdominal muscles and being in good shape at the same time. These exercise do not help you lose fat from this area. The fact is that abdominal exercises will tone your abdominal muscles, but you will have the same layer of fat on top of these muscles unless you create a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you consume.
Some of the most popular abdominal exercises are:
- Leg raises