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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. :)

    What if you want to run, but the weather doesn't allow and you have no treadmill or access to a gym? I'm 15 years old. (:

    rain? snow? no problem!

    bundle up with the right gear, and you should be A-OK. weather should never stop you from a good run— unless it’s lightning haha. 

    but if you really can’t, there’s plenty of things you can do indoors. jump roping’s a great cardio alternative, and even if you don’t have a rope, you can always jump in place to achieve the same result.

    i definitely recommend checking out my workouts and looking into plyometrics (jump training) as well as calisthenics (push-ups, crunches, all’a that type of stuff). 

    i’m glad you want to stay in shape, despite the weather. good luck! :)

    Hi! For the past month of so, I've been going to the gym everyday, but I'm not seeing as much results as I would like (I want to lose ~10 lbs and tone up). I read that diet is 70% of losing weight while exercise is 30%, and I really have altered my eating habits quite a bit (cut out all beverages but water, no more fast food, etc) but I'm still barely losing weight. Do you have any suggestions for other changes I can make to my diet/exercie in order to see more results? 5'5" 135 lbs btw :)

    First question to ask is how many calories are you taking in? Second, what are you doing for exercise? We can start there. By the way, excessive exercise, particularly cardio, causes water retention, which can be masking your weight loss temporarily.

    Also, it’s common for people to overestimate the number of calories burned during exercise (if you’re on a treadmill, however, you’ll likely have a more accurate reflection of energy expenditure).

    -Martin

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    hi becky, good job on going to the gym every day! that’s really admirable!

    however, what i want to tell you first is that you should worry less about the number on the scale. yeah, you want to drop ~10 pounds— but if things are looking better in the mirror, then what does it matter?

    the fact that you’ve switched to water only and cut out fast food means that you’re probably getting your nutrients from better sources. and i’m sure it’s paying off in terms of how you’re fitting into your clothes, right?

    my suggestion would be to continue doing what you’re doing.

    if you’re really eating and working out as well as you say you are (make sure you’re incorporating strength training into your workouts), the fat in your body is gonna be turned into muscle.

    the number may fluctuate on a day-to-day basis, but your body will look better.

    forget about the number! continue working hard. :)

    walking’s free, and so is running.
add some calisthenics, and you’ve got yourself a good workout! :)

    walking’s free, and so is running.

    add some calisthenics, and you’ve got yourself a good workout! :)

    I don't have a gym membership at the moment..what is the best way to lose weight at home?

    Anonymous

    howdy! no gym? no problem!

    ***note: these are things that i would do if i wanted to achieve weight loss + extra info/studies.

    first off, i would suggest doing cardio (like running, jump roping, and if you’ve got a pool, swimming!). cardio’s good to use as a warm-up, improve overall fitness, and increase lung capacity. studies also show that running early in the morning, PRIOR to eating, can help burn fat directly. however, for me, i didn’t like the empty feeling so i don’t do this— on the other hand, many people say that it’s not hard to get used to it.

    on that note, cardio’s NOT the major thing when it comes to weight loss. really, diet’s the most important. in order to lose weight, you’re gonna have to create a calorie deficit, which means reducing the number of calories you take in.

    this does not mean starving yourself… although there are many testimonies regarding the benefits of intermittent fasting (going without eating for certain periods of time), which helps with reducing caloric intake.

    i wanna be as objective as possible and not just give the generic “eat less, exercise more” (though that IS what i personally try to do); therefore, you can look in to this method of dieting. when i get back in town, i’ll get on my article about this method, so you can also wait for that too. :)

    for me, reducing my caloric intake means eating less junk, consuming more fruits and veggies, and drinking a lottt of water.

    ahhhh! i went off on a tangent, but there’s just so much background knowledge to understand before beginning any weight loss program.

    but to your original question: you can try workout videos (buy some DVDs or use free ones online) or do calisthenics (exercises without equipment).

    you can do crunches (bicycle, regular, and reverse), planks, side planks, squats and lunges (make sure your knees don’t go beyond your toes!), hyperextensions, push-ups, dips, calf raises, and don’t even get me started on plyometrics (jump training). these exercises are all equipment-free, but you can make them more difficult by adding weights.

    to ensure that you get the form down and reap the most out of your workouts, google videos of people doing the exercises with the right technique.

    good luck! :)

    ps. sorry if there are any spelling errors, i’m writing all this on my ipod touch haha.

    pps. i’m sorry for the lengthiness!