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18 Jan 2006

abdominal fat
I am a 27 year old female and am very skinny but i have excess ab fat (which started from the time i used the injection as a contraceptive) and now my upper abs are bulging out. I bought the orbitrek platinum to increase my fitness levels and lose fat on my abs. I would like to know whether this would work or would i need to go to gym or do home exercises (crunches etc). How many times a week should i train and approx how many crunches etc should i do at a time. Also do u think a fat loss product would be beneficial to me.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi marissa

I think that spending time on crunches will be better spent doing cardio training. The scientific truth is that one cannot "spot reduce". That is, you can't really try and reduce the fat around your stomach, thighs and abdominals by just doing exercises for those areas. This kind of exercise, using specific muscles only, actually burns fewer calories than exercising large muscles groups in dynamic cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming or cycling. In order to burn the fat, you need to do these types of cardiovascular exercises as least 4 - 5 times a week for at least 30 - 45 minutes. This will help to increase the amount of calories that you use and help to decrease your body fat.

Having said that, it is still important to do some strengthening and toning exercise and obviously to include exercises that make use of the muscle groups in your abdominal area. This is where the crunches and the orbitrek will come in handy.

Lastly, keep in mind that this is a very common problem, and changes in certain areas can happen very slowly, because some people do just have a specific distribution of fat, and it can be hard to fight against this.

However, be patient and keep at it!

Good luck
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