Crunching doesn't lose fat, it'll build up the muscles so you'll look better when you get cut though.
After my senior year in high school, I started running about 2 miles every other day. I dropped 4 inches and 15 pounds in about 2 months. Also started eating better, no more (or very little) sodas, cut out the candy bars for snacks, eat smaller portions more often.
In the military they like to do their Physical training (PT) first thing in the morning. There are 2 reasons for this; the first is that it wakes your mind up for the day. The second is that it wakes the rest of your body up for the day as well. In their effort to have the leanest meanest fighting people possible WestPoint and Annapolis did a little study, they took 3 classes (3 years worth of graduates) and broke them into 2 groups those that did their PT in the morning and those that did it in the evening.
Of what became 6 focus groups from each academy, they discovered that the morning group had better overall results on the physical fitness test (PFT) (on average) than the evening group, they also found that the body fat (on average) was less in the morning group than the evening group. At the end of the study they determined that a reason was because the morning exercise caused a side effect to happen, increased metabolism. Doing PT first thing in the morning woke up their mind and their body and made them better able to take on their day. The morning group also (on average) had better test scores in their academic classes as well.
To sum all that crap up, setting your alarm so you get up and exercise in the first hour of your day is more beneficial than getting up going about your day and then doing what ever work out you have planned.
I rowed on the crew team in my high school and was in amazing shape (that's what working out about 2-3 hours a day all year will do to you!) and now after four years of college (I played rugby but the level of conditioning didn't even come close to comparing) and almost 3 years of working, my body's turned to mush. My new year's resolution is to get in shape again and I've been eating healthy since the year began which has helped a lot. I've found that running (or more like jogging, in my case...) wasn't cutting it because I wasn't in good enough shape to run for a sustained period of time, plus I get bored easily. About a month ago, I bought a rowing machine, the kind with the big flywheel and the chain, exactly like the ones I used to be chained to in High School practices. I row for about 20 minutes every afternoon (I'm ultimately hoping to start doing it in the morning, before work, but I'm taking babysteps at this point). It's working out great though. I haven't weighed or measured myself because that's not what I'm worried about but I'm feeling much much better and I've found that my clothes fit a lot better, too. I actually look forward to rowing every night, which I never thought would happen to me.
These rowing machines can be expensive with brand new ones costing $850 but I found an older model for sale by a local university for $75. There really is no better workout, in my opinion...
im a bboy myself; keeps me in good shape and its herrrlllzzaa fun
swimming is good, to a certain extent. depending on how much fat you get, you'll lose a bit, but you won't lose all because if you become a constant swimmer, your body will keep a little layer of fat to keep you warm in the water, which is why you don't see olympic swimmers carved from stone
If you live in America and if you start traveling to the Eastern world you will notice that people are more and more thinner as further you get. Further you get proportional they will get thinner. This proportion even goes for Europe. West is fatter then the East. This has nothing to do with fact that western world has more money then eastern so they can buy more food. People are equally greedy for food (nature fixed this) so this is also not the cause.
The real cause are your greedy rulers who wanted to earn more money buy planting same amount of seeds and getting a larger amount of products (wheat, corn …. ) then lets say those in Argentina or China or wherever. So they paid their bio-engineers to create all new sorts of hybrids were they can earn a lot of money. This food we call genetically-modified food (GM food). Ever tried / tasted: milk / meat / eggs / bread / …that was originally produced in Africa or Pakistan. You will be surprised with the flavor and everything else. You will not get fat if you eat the same amount of (speaking in kilos / pounds) food if it’s originally produce in …Armenia. Nature there is still preserved.
Rich Americans know these facts (how else would they get rich if they don’t a lot of facts / infos) so they buy organic food which is more expensive and so everyday Americans are posting on these forums with their problem. So rich Americans usually look healthy / thin then the rest.