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12 Jan 2005

6 pack
Hi there...

been gymin 4 bout 15 years and neva got a six pack... have cut fat out of my diet and trained loads of cardio as well, combined with weight trainin... did the bod 4 life thing and fuond it was not as intense so modified it... do the 20 min cycle followed by back and chest 2twice a week, do legs and bicepts/tricepts 2 twice a week and always a bit of crunches...

in desperation i cut down on my diet and guess it got to a point of unhealthy... am there right now... still a layer of flab around my belly button... it jsut doesn't wanna go... r certain types of fat harder to break down... am almost 30 and wonderin what 2 do next... i am not overweight and instead of muscle gain have dropped a kg here and there... yea it's the lack of diet and my muscles have also shrunk luck the strength is still their... how can i eat properly and get my 6 pack... my metabolism is really slow even when eatin the 6 meal a day thing... any advice would b appreciated...

cheers
Dude
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Dude

The hard truth is that to lose fat in only one area is just about impossible and you cannot do it 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. I am not sure how you trained previously, but my first impression of your programme is that it's a bit thin on cardiovascular training. It seems that you are doing much more weight lifting and not enough of this cardio - just making this change might do the trick for you.

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. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. I would suggest you have a look at the following website through the Health 24 site - http://www.health24.com/fitness/Build_muscle_Tone/16-478-504.asp

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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