Sit-ups are done for weight loss more than any other exercise. Sit-ups exist in many different variations, each variation supposedly working a specific angle of the abdominal muscles.
Sit-ups can be done with or without additional weight used for resistance. People often assume that if they are not losing weight, they need to do more sit-ups.
In reality though, sit-ups have very little to do with losing weight. This article was written to show that sit-ups are valuable for building a strong midsection, but have very little to do with weight loss.
Sit-ups are excellent exercises for building strong abdominal muscles. When a person does sit-ups on a regular basis, his abs begin to form and become more chiseled. That’s how bodybuilders achieve their “washboard” abs.
The problem is that most people are too fat in the stomach to see their abs.
A person could have perfect washboard abs, yet nobody would ever see them if there was a layer of fat covering them. If a person was lean enough, he would not need to do any sit ups at all, and he would have nice looking abs.
Sit ups build muscle, and the more muscle a person has, the faster his metabolism is. The faster a person’s metabolism, the more calories he burns while at rest.
Still though, the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than are consumed, and the easiest way to do this is to reduce the amount of calories that are consumed.