Cast Your Vote:
- YES, they do help -- Votes: 14
- NOPE, they do nothing -- Votes: 6
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?
I guess they could help if you did 100's a day.
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.
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.
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.
Ab ripper x killed me while doing P90X!
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
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.
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."