Contrary to popular belief, doing 100 crunches a day won't give you flat abs — but it will make you dread working out.
In the video above by Health.com, fitness expert Kristin McGee shows us 24 different ways to firm and flatten your abs. Using a combination of classic abdominal exercises combined with planks, Pilates and yoga poses, these moves will help you get the stronger, tighter abs you've always wanted (plus the variation keeps you from getting into a rut).
But don't forget, targeted weight loss isn't easily achieved — experts say the only way to lose belly fat is by losing fat all over your body.
The exercises above are a great start, but melting fat also means watching what you eat. Check out the slideshow below for 13 food that can help flatten abs.