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Cast Your Vote:

    • YES, they do help -- Votes: 14
    • NOPE, they do nothing -- Votes: 6
Do Sit-Ups/Crunches Help *POLL* CurlyDimpledLunatic! Due December 16; 2 kids; North Dakota 13524 posts
28th Jun '13

Pretty self explanatory.



I've been reading and hearing more often than not lately, that doing crunches and sit-ups doesn't really benefit you.



So... do you think it does or doesn't?

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30545 posts
28th Jun '13

Nada. JMO.

Kimber-lily Due September 27; 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
28th Jun '13

I guess they could help if you did 100's a day.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60898 posts
28th Jun '13

Along with a healthy diet? Sure, I think they can help strengthen your core. Just doing sit ups, and chowing down on some french fries won't do you any good though.

CurlyDimpledLunatic! Due December 16; 2 kids; North Dakota 13524 posts
28th Jun '13

I read in Cosmo, or something along those lines, might have been Glamour...
That if you are dieting and trying to tone/lose weight that crunches and/or sit-ups do nothing to benefit you.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
28th Jun '13

I don't think they do much. I do a whole ab work out routine and I rarely do crunches or regular sit ups, sometimes I'll throw them in there for variety but it's not my go to.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60898 posts
28th Jun '13

Ab ripper x killed me while doing P90X!

akmaldo 1 child; Georgia 2778 posts
28th Jun '13

Kinda. They're not enough that for sure. I do insanity and what I like about it is that the have a cardio abs and max abs.. No sit ups or crunches! You should do Hip Hop Abs.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
28th Jun '13

This girl at the gym today was doing these weird crazy ab things and I told her I need to be doing my ab work out with her! She said it was pilates, lol. They sure looked effective!

Le_noir_rabbit 3 kids; Chattanooga, Tennessee 373 posts
28th Jun '13

I'm pregnant now so I haven't been doing them as much as I was.
But I lost a lot of weight by running and eating healthy (I was on a high protein-vegetarian diet. still am.) but I wanted to strength my abdomen and stomach abs.
If you do them right you can get some pretty good results. I started with doing 15sit-ups and 15-20 crunches. Eventually I started doing 20half-planks 40 sit-ups 60 crunches, Sometimes more depending on how much energy I had left from two kids.
I did them every day and you could really see the difference.
I have a tiny waist naturally but I went from having a 25inch to a 23inch in
about a month and 1/2. It will burn calories but I would say I burned more
fat running 3miles everyday and eating a low to non-fat diet.



I actually really like crunches.
I have had 2c-sections so this really helped prepare me for this next
pregnancy.

CurlyDimpledLunatic! Due December 16; 2 kids; North Dakota 13524 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Le_noir_rabbit:" I'm pregnant now so I haven't been doing them as much as I was. But I lost a lot of weight by running ... [snip!] ... diet. I actually really like crunches. I have had 2c-sections so this really helped prepare me for this next pregnancy. "


What were some of the non and/or low fat foods you ate?

Le_noir_rabbit 3 kids; Chattanooga, Tennessee 373 posts
30th Jun '13
Quoting CurlyDimpledLunatic!:" What were some of the non and/or low fat foods you ate? "

I ate Non-fat Greek yogurt with honey almost everyday for breakfast (And every other dinner starting off.)
Also sometimes topped with fruit or roasted soy-nuts.Or I would eat two hard boiled eggs. (I'm a vegetarian but I still eat eggs.)
If I had done a lot of cardio (running) at the gym, for lunch I would steam/stir-fry some fresh veggies (also maybe some soy beans.) with coconut oil, soy-sauce, ginger and chilli powder. I would either add an egg or use one of my 'Morning star veggie burgers for an extra protein boost.
I drank tons and tons of water also. I cut out all bread and most non-protein filled carbs, butter and large amounts of salt and sugar.



Here is my postpartum diet plan that I'm going to follow.
I found it in one of my whole living mags. It's a great detox
diet to get your body back on track. It gives you 45 meal recipes
and pretty laid back routines.

http://www.wholeliving.com/216861/2013-action-plan-week-1/



But if your not want to have a drastic change just try to find subsitutes
for all the things you use as fating agents in you food. like
greek yogurt can sub for sour-cream and when preparing try not to use
too much fatty oils.
Right now I'm hooked on Quinoa and poached eggs on kale with blue cheese.
haha but I'm pregnant and eating pickles with everything.

CurlyDimpledLunatic! Due December 16; 2 kids; North Dakota 13524 posts
1st Jul '13
Quoting Le_noir_rabbit:" I ate Non-fat Greek yogurt with honey almost everyday for breakfast (And every other dinner starting ... [snip!] ... now I'm hooked on Quinoa and poached eggs on kale with blue cheese. haha but I'm pregnant and eating pickles with everything."


Thank You!!