Will Sit-ups Burn Off Your Belly Fat?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our new series, “The Short Answer.” Medical weight management expert Karen Cooper, DO, answers this one.
A: No. Sit-ups are great for tightening your core. They strengthen and tone your rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus and oblique abdominal muscles. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends three sets of 8 to 12 repetitions three times per week.
Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy
To burn belly fat, you need 45 to 60 minutes of high-intensity cardiovascular activity (running, playing soccer or basketball, jumping rope, power-walking, etc.) on most days of the week. You also need to reduce your intake of processed foods, fast foods and alcohol.
— Medical weight management expert Karen Cooper, DO