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Ab Gadgets For a Flatter Belly or Just a Flatter Wallet?

Updated on August 3, 2017

Ab Machines, Ab Belts and Ab Contraptions

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 years, don't own a TV or very rarely surf the Internet, you have most undoubtedly seen infomercials and ads for various different types of ab gadgets that promise a flatter, rock hard belly in only minutes a week.

The commercials show scantily clad men and women using the ab gadgets effortlessly with huge smiles and gorgeous teeth. Without breaking a sweat, you too can lose that muffin top and have 6 pack abs that will be the eny of everyone on the beach this summer.

Well, I hate to burst your bubble but the results that you will get is nothing like those fitness models that you see.

Crunches for Abs

Pilates For Your Abs

Workout Your Lower Abs

Ab Exercises With the Ab Wheel & Swiss Ball

The Reality of Ab Machines

Ab machines do have a purpose. For example if you take a look at the gadget that wraps around your belly and with battery power makes your abs contact.

This was actually made for those who were bedridden on months on end such as in a coma and was not getting any muscle activity at all. The belt would then get strapped on to various parts of the body giving enough stimulation to help prevent muscle atrophy. For this purpose the belt is wonderful!

However, if you are looking to build lean muscle or lose fat, your looking in the wrong place.

The newest craze of ab machines have you moving your body as though you were doing the twist. With some you sit on a chair like seat, and others you stand on a disc that can swivel.

Can moving from left to right and right to left get rid of those love handles and cut away that muffin top?

This question is a bit more difficult to a answer.

If you are moving with precise movements, with weights in hand and are doing exercises such as the Saxon Side Bend, Torso Rotation with a Medicine Ball or the Two Handed Wood Chop, you can firm and tighten up this area, but even these wonderful exercises will not get rid of the fat.

As far as swiveling away your love handles and belly--forget it.

Although many of the ab gadgets have some logic behind them, they have taken away what is needed most --your physical exertion -- and that's what is needed to work the muscles.

Also keep this in mind that next time your tempted to purchase another ab gadget. If there is a gadget that works really well, why do they need to keep coming out with new ones and why do people very rarely continue to use them?

I don't know about you, but if I found a piece of equipment that kept my belly flat and gave me a good set of abs, I'd never stop using it.

So...What Does Work To Flatten The Belly and Get Rid Of Ab Fat?

Two words.........Diet & Exercise

Yes, you are going to have to cut back on calories so that you can burn off the fat that is covering your abs and the top of your jeans And you will need to do real physical exertion. I know that it's not glamerous, it's not easy, and dare I say it's not a new idea.

But it's what works.

Work Your Upper & Lower Abs

The Combo Crunch

So What Can You Do?

First start on a healthy diet and stick with it.

Healthy diets include 100% whole grain breads, cereals and pasta, plenty of fresh veggies, fresh fruit, low fat or non-fat dairy products and lean meat or protein from non-meat sources like soy, whey and tofu.

Cut back on saturated fats, salt, processed foods and sugar.

Cut out all soda and energy drinks.

Eat sensibly and only eat when hungry. Eat slowly and when you just start to feel full, stop eating. Your body's hunger system is 20 minutes behind what you have eaten. So if you stop just when you start to feel a fullness, in 20 minutes you will be comfortably full.

You don't need to be on established type of a diet but if it helps you to follow a book or meal plans, then go for it. There are many healthy diets and plans to satisfy everyone.

Then add a planned exercise routine.

If you are currently out of shape, start slowly. Even minor changes to your physical activity level can show results. As you get fitter, push more, work harder.

If you've ever watched the Biggest Loser on TV, you'll notice that at the beginning of the season they can hardly do 1 push up but by the end of the season, they are cruising.

Be proud with what you can accomplish now and look forward to what you'll be able to do down the road.

You can do it!

Remember That Before You Start.......

You should always consult with your health care practitioner.

Kettle Bells & Kettle Bell Workouts

What is your opinion of ab machines and gadgets? Do you use any that actually work well?

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      pint_curls 7 years ago

      Well i don't know about yall but im in the air force myself. s far as cutting calories goes... that aint about to happen. I will never ever stop drinking. With that being said i just don't understand how people cant maintain a state of remotely decent physical fitness. I exorcise 0x a week and drink at a minimal of 4 drinks a night. Hell i may not have a 6 pack all the time but at least i can see my abs when i pull the skin tight. ust thought id share my ab story.

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      healthgoji 9 years ago

      It is good to see some light shed on this subject by a knowledgeable individual. If more people would only learn to think. I see this in nutrition with people falling for products or ideas which would make no sense if they only thought about it. The latest is DNA testing to determine the specialized nutrition product you should take.

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      Personal Trainer 9 years ago

      The fact that millions of people have fallen for this scam and people still believe this stuff is astonishing

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      SendaCowChip 9 years ago

      I have found that a scheduled exercise program, even if it is just walking, coupled with reasonable meals will afford you good results. I could not agree more with your position that cutting back on soft drinks helps to play a significant role in losing weight and have found that sugar free flovored bottled teas offer a great substitute and taste great.