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Hi! I've been eating healthier than before and I've been going to the gym for 6 weeks now (I think I'm in love with exercise!, I do cardio, abs and I lift weights). But here is my question, I weight 114 pounds and I don't have a flat tummy, how long do you think it will take before I have one if I continue doing this?

hi there! yay, i’m glad you’ve fallen in love with exercise! :)

ideally, i’d love to say that if you keep at it, you’ll achieve the super-flat stomach that almost everyone desires. however, the fact of the matter is that it’s harder than most expect.

in order to achieve this goal, it’s not simply about doing the right amount of exercise. there’s more to it than that. typically, diet is the most important factor, and still, there are other things that can prevent you from achieving a flat tummy:

  • Retaining water can make you look and feel fatter than you are. The amount of water our cells retain has a lot to do with the balance of sodium and potassium in our body fluids. Too much salt (sodium), the curse of modern diets, is often the easiest cause of water weight to fix.
  • The body fat level required to get flat abs is lower than you can sustain with your current lifestyle/schedule, or the body fat level required is lower than is healthy for your body to function. (the level of fat in your body has to reach a certain low in order to have a flat stomach or six-pack.)
    (source: about.com)
    it’s not impossible— but now you can better understand why it can be such a struggle to get a flat stomach. still, don’t let it discourage you! the fact that you’re exercising is already commendable. :)