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How do i lose the weight on my belly, i do crunches but i know they only tone the muscles and the more i do the bigger i get help?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Can not spot reduce: Exercise like crunches strengthen the abdominal muscles, so if there is no belly fat the muscles will be more defined ( six pack abs) but if there is belly fat crunches will not lose it. To get rid if excess belly fat one must lose fat. In a young person who is still growing this really should be done with medical supervision, eating a healthy diet and with exercise including aerobic exercises.
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