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14 Aug 2007

tummmy... tummy
Hi

What type of excersise can I do for my tummy!!!! After the birth of my daughter two years ago I've got this loose skin around my tummy, my body self is OK but I can't wear my original clothes due to my tummy... Should I maybe concider a tummy-tuck?
Your assistance would be appreciated
Blondie
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Blondie

The tummy tuck is an option sure, but I'd hate to see it as the first option. If the problem is loose skin then it might be the only one that really helps, unfortunately, but if there is any excess weight in the stomach area, then that's where to look first, and rather leave the knife as a last resort.

As for as weight around the stomach goes, you are not alone, and this is by far the most common question that is asked, actually. Everyone seems to battle with the weight in a specific area. It's really difficult to combat though, although you have already hopefully recognized that eating well and exercising correctly are the keys. The simple answer then, is to continue 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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