The abs are some of the hardest muscles to tone. The midsection is the first place most people, particularly women, store weight. It’s just the way the body works. There are numerous reasons why people are trying hard but are not losing belly fat – from drinking diet soda and following a low-fat diet to doing only crunches and not sleeping enough. The key to scoring high-definition abs is feeling tension as you get the midsection working, Shane McLean, certified personal trainer at Balance Guy Training, says. Also, “abs are made in the kitchen.” It’s really more about the quality than the quantity of the food you consume, he adds.