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04 Apr 2006

Fat Stomach
I gym regularly & try and eat healthily and I just cannot shift the weight around my stomach area.I only weigh 52kgs and shouldnt have this weight around my stomach.My mid section measures 84cm which is borderline.What can I truly do to reduce this area, if anything, for my healths sake.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Allie

Unfortunately, what you are faced with is a very difficult problem, and not one that is easy to resolve. The problem is that you are not excessively overweight and so trying to burn fat is not the same as it would be for someone with say, 20 kg to lose.

However, the solution is the same, regardless - plenty of cardiovascular training to burn energy, combined with a good diet. Exercise will include 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. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. My advice with regards to the overall training, is that you check out the Fitness page of this site, then click on Programmes, and choose one of the Shape Up programmes. They are all cardio based, and they do include some weight training. Just remember, it’s the cardio that is the main ‘weapon’ against this fat, so stick with it, give it months to work (not weeks) and it will eventually happen.

Good luck
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