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Picture: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

Get into as many fad exercise crazes or diets as you like, at the end of the day eating well and regular exercise are still what everyone should be doing to be happy and healthy.

But when it comes to weight loss, diet is Batman and exercise is Robin - that's the main message the fitness enthusiasts of the internet want you to take away.

Diet control first then exercise.

1. Don't dismiss calorie counting

It's an easy metric to be able to figure out how to cut down.

2. Watch portion sizes

No point eating the right thing if there's still too much of it.

3. Take it slowly

All diet and exercise is about forming good habits; don't go too hard, too fast, or you'll never be able to stick with it. Change a little at a time.

Do NOT listen to this man:


It's essential to eat right if you want to see physical improvements through exercise: you might have muscles, but if they're hidden behind a layer of belly fat, no one can see 'em.

If you are after stomach toning exercises, try a few of these:

1. Sit ups

So simple, so effective:

Lie down, keep your arms by your sides or behind your head, and your knees bent. Keep your feet on the floor, and sit up. Rinse and repeat.

2. Using an exercise ball

Lie on the floor with your arms above your head, holding the ball. Lift it up and over your chest, while raising your legs at the same time, and keeping them straight, and place the ball between your ankles.

Lower your arms and legs back down to the floor, then repeat the exchange.


3. Plyometrics

Plyometrics are 'explosive', ie, they combine cardio with strength training. Try:

  • Step-up burpees

Start in a standing position, them jump up on to a step/platform with both feet and back down again before crouching down and jump-thrusting your legs behind you. Jump back to crouch position, and repeat. When you get better at it, you can increase the height of the step or number of reps.

  • Modified jumping jacks

Jump up with your arms and legs spread apart, creating an 'X' in the air with your body, then land back in standing, and repeat.

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