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Abs in 4 Weeks: This Deal Includes Diet

Ab exercises aren't the A to Z of a buff belly. Diet also plays a part. "Trying to achieve [toned] abs by performing exercises and ignoring nutrition is like trying to bail out a sinking ship with a colander," Frediani says.

That's because no matter how much you exercise your abdominals "spot reduction is a myth," Frediani says, adding that it would take more than 17,000 sit-ups to burn one pound worth of calories, with no guarantee that that pound would come from your abs. Chest, arms, legs, butt -- it's genetics that decides where you're prone to losing weight.

A better way to help burn calories while working on those abs is with cardiovascular exercise: Think swimming, biking, walking, or jogging, combined with a sensible diet.

What's a sensible diet? No fads, no crazy weight loss plans, just focus on burning more calories than you take in. You can start doing that by eating lots of fruit and vegetables, and by enjoying whole grains, lean meats, and fat-free dairy.

Get started now and guess what? In 4 weeks you could be well on the way to the best abs -- and the best body -- of your life.

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