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    Will sit-ups and ab exercises help me lose weight around my stomach?

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    Michael Kline

    Exercise Physiologist · Exercise Scientist
    I am an accredited Exercise Physiologist and have worked with a variety of clients including chronic disease, general population, athletes and corporate/workplace. To give a ... View Profile
    To give you a short quick answer it will a little but your time would probably be better served jogging or being on a bike if you have excess fat around the waist line.
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    Jarrod Wilson

    Exercise Physiologist
    I have been a practising Exercise Physiologist in Tasmania now for 16 months. Prior to this I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the ... View Profile
    Put simply, no. Like the above comment suggests, aerobic- based exercise is much more effective if the goal is to lose weight and reduce your waist circumference. Meeting, or if possible exceeding the national guidelines of 150mins/week of moderate intensity aerobic-based planned exercise (minimium) would be a start and then you can build up from there. Pick a type of exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, rowing etc) you enjoy and stick with it!
    Remember not to discount diet. Energy balance is crucial!!
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    Craig Allingham

    Exercise Scientist · Physiotherapist
    Sports Physiotherapist for over 30 years, now more interested in teaching. Men's Health is my only clinical interest and not just the dangly bits. I ... View Profile
    Yes. But only if you do the ab workouts instead of eating. Seriously. When you crave an energy top up, replace it with a 10 minute distraction (I call this an `abstraction`) then bask in the warm glow of successfully breaking a habit.
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