Q: I want to lose weights and want really flat abs. How many crunches do I have to do for it?
A: Since they don’t burn off a lot of calories, they don’t help in a major way with fat loss. And while crunches do tone a small portion of your abs, moves involving your distal trunk — which includes your shoulders and butt. So you’ll whittle your waist far more dramatically by doing planks and bridges (and more of these fat-burning ab exercises).
If you are doing crunches, make sure to use proper form, otherwise, they may put your spine in a painful curved position.
Q: I love doing yoga but I heard that you isn’t a big calorie burner. Is that true?
A: While doing yoga does improve flexibility and strength, it’s not much of an aerobic activity, according to an ACE study: a 50-minute power yoga session burns 237 calories, versus the 500 to 600 calories you’d fry by Spinning for that amount of time.
Q: Sometimes I am to busy to have a breakfast or lunch. Is it ok to skip my meal?
A: Skip at your own risk – doing so can slow your metabolism and encourage your body to hang ont o calories rahter than burn them. It can also lead you to overeat later. The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that women who skipped meals lost about eight pounds fewer than those who ate more consistently.
Certified Pesonal Trainer , Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant