A 31-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

how many situps should i do to get a flat stomach?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
More muscle less fat: Even the most toned abdominal muscles will not reveal the abdomen you want if they are buried under a beer gut. Decreasing body fat is a key component of washboard abs. That said, anything that strengthens your core (sit ups, crunches, leg lifts, torsion, etc ) all play a role in building those muscles.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not that simple.: For a flat abdomen eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e., running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.).
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
3
3 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Better options: Crunches or heavy-resistance exercises like cable pulldowns are likely to be more helpful. Eating sensibly is also key. Best wishes.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Yepuri
19 years experience Gastroenterology
Ventral hernia: This could be a ventral hernia (weakness in the abdominal wall). If it is painful or doesn't go away you need to seek formal medical evaluation.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Isometric: If you are having back pain with sit-ups, isometric exercises can do a good job with out causing stress on the back.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
23 years experience General Surgery
Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia should not be associated with your current symptoms . It is usually related to reflux symptoms. You may have an abdominal wall hernia? S ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month