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26 Mar 2007

AB Energizer Belt
I am a woman who gave birth to a 4 year old boy. I have a very flobby and ugly stomach.I bought ABs Belt sometime this month for my flobby stomach. I need to know which exercises must I include for the best stomach ever.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there

The ab-energize concept does not work, unfortunately. It's just a marketing claim designed to sell equipment, but it has little factual or theoretical reason for working. The main reason is that you cannot combat weight ina particular area by only focusing on that area - this is called spot reduction and is largely a myth. The other thing is that the Ab-energizer barely targets an area compared to other, more effective forms of exercise. Instead, then, eating well and exercising correctly are the keys. The simple answer then, is exercise and change your eating patterns. The exercise is cardio training - like running, walking, cycling, swimming, taebo, aerobics etc. Anything that is cardiovascular gets the heart pumping and energy burning is most effective. It is just a question of how you use these cardio sessions. I would suggest at least 4 days a week of cardio training, each session lasting about 30 to 45 minutes, AT LEAST. You have to build up this duration and then keep at it consistently in order to see change.

The specific exercises for the area in question have a relatively minor role, other than that they are responsible for developing the muscle in the area, which creates the appearance of being toned. That's obviously what you want, but you have to realise that you can't do the toning and specific work first and neglect the cardio - it has to work the other way around, cardio first, toning second. So focus on cardio, then on toning.

Diet is also very crucial, and if it's not 100% it will undermine any exercise benefits. So the best thing is to see a dietician or follow a very good diet plan. Just remember that low kilojoule is not necessarily better - too low causes problems as well, because it causes the body's metabolic rate to drop and that affects your ability to lose weight in the future. So don't try to starve yourself or go overboard, rather eat sensibly, cut out as much fat as you can, and listen to your body.

Good luck
Ross
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