I vowed to get rid of my muffin top, but I’m frustrated that no amount of sit-ups or crunches seems to help. Any suggestions?

Fitness professionals agree that spot toning isn’t the most effective way to eliminate belly bulge, but there is a diet strategy that can help you target your muffin top: Take 500 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine daily. This compound ferries fatty acids from abdominal-fat cells into muscle cells, where they’re burned for energy. The result: Your body becomes more efficient at melting off belly fat during exercise and other physical activity.

In fact, in one study moderate exercisers who took acetyl-L-carnitine lost up to 11 times more weight over six months than exercisers who took a placebo. Even better, some of my clients have reported losing two to three inches from their waistline after a few weeks of taking the supplement. Another smart move: Sip a protein shake or glass of chocolate milk after your workouts. This will help muscle rebuild, so you’ll see tone and definition faster.

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