The abs are, unfortunately, some of the hardest muscles to tone in the body. The midsection is the first place most people, particularly women, store weight. It’s just the way the body works.
“People think targeting just the abs and doing thousands of crunches will help them reach their goals,” Joey Gonzalez, CEO and trainer at Barry's Bootcamp, says.
“However, since it’s such a difficult spot, targeting the abs requires diet discipline, cardio for fat burning, and strength training for your entire body, not JUST your abs.”
Crunches are not the best option because they put too much pressure on your neck and lower back. That's why they are one of the exercises doctors will never do.
Other culprits, some of which are surprising, are soft drinks, which are slowly killing you, low-fat diets, eating too few carbs, neglecting strength training, and lack of sleep, which leads to weight gain in many ways.