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18 May 2004

C-section left a dent in stomach
I am 33, 1,65m and 62kg, and exercise 3-4x at gym. 20min cycling and circuit and then some more stomach exercises etc. I have already seen an improvement in my stomach but I have a little roll just above my c-section scar which is even visible through my clothing (ok probably just to me) It seems to be loose skin and a bit of fat, but what I want to know is, is it possible to get a flat stomach again or will there always be a dent visible?
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01 Jan 0001

HI there

I'm not really sure about this - what you are talking about is a scar caused by surgery, and this is not something that exercise is really effective in dealing with. As far as weight loss goes, there are countless examples of people who have managed to get back to their pre-pregnancy weights and fitness levels by using the right combination of committed training and diet. Unfortunately, there are probably more who have not, and this is most often caused by a combination of ageing and a change in lifestyle bought on after the birth. I think that with regards to the age, one just has to accept that as you get older, it will become harder to keep in shape, and that's natural. With regards to exercise, it just takes a serious commitment to the training and diet and you should see results. The dent may be scar related, in which case, you probably won't be able to change in by losing weight, but the actual toning and weight loss is entirely in your hands.

The exercise so far sounds good - over time, I would suggest that you build up the duration more, so that you are aiming for between 30 and 45 minutes of cardio, plus the circuit. The critical thing is to realise that it's the cardio, not the circuit or stomach exercises that are most important - you need to really focus on these cardio sessions, 4 or 5 times a week, and for about 40 minutes, to be able to increase metabolic rate and burn fat. Having said this, don't neglect the circuit and toning, but realise that cardio is more important. Finally, remember that all this is meaningless without diet, and so I urge you to look into that as well.

Go to "Fitness" and then click on "Shape up". Here you will find a number of different programmes, including one for walking, another for running 10 km, and a cycling one. You can choose which you prefer. These programmes contain both cardiovascular (good for weight loss) and resistance training (for toning the muscles) and so are good overall complete programmes.

Good luck
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