My stomach sticks out but I’m not technically overweight. I’ve been doing 50 sit-ups in bed every night for about 5 months. It doesn’t seem to be helping. Should I tell my parents about my secret exercise, and how do I get rid of belly fat?

Thanks for asking this question! Every body is different and unique. There is not one body shape or size that is right for everyone, and many different factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and hormones, play a role in how a body looks.

Exercise can be a healthy habit, but it is important to be aware of our reasons for exercising. Sit-ups may help to strengthen muscle tone, however targeting one body part does not work for weight loss. Think about if there is any type of exercise you find joy while doing (and are able to do while in the current pandemic), such as stretching, yoga, or walking.

As you mentioned, having a discussion with your parents about exercise is a great place to start. If you feel like you are struggling with self-acceptance around body image, consider talking to your parents, doctor, or another health professional to get support around these concerns.