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reblog and like for a chance to win a bobble water bottle!

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- 1 like = 1 entry

thanks! <3

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. :)
    Oct 2

    I love this blog - so inspiring! I just wanted to make sure I'm on the right track in regards to my weight loss: I'm 95kg (209lbs), 174cm (5'7) and currently on a 1730 daily calorie intake. I exercise 4-5 times per week at a steady level due to joint pain and ongoing injuries. Also, what are some good 'filling-up' foods? I find even after a snack I'm still hungry!

    Anonymous

    awww thank you so much! kudos to you, you’re definitely on the right track to weight loss. as you continue on your exercise regimen, don’t forget to keep pushing yourself (obviously, just don’t overdo it). 

    to answer your question, i’d recommend aiming for foods that are high in fiber (like these)— they can really fill you up. also, because we often mistake dehydration for hunger, try drinking a glass of water if you’re hungry. it can make all the difference.

    good luck to you on your journey to health! :)

    —-

    I learned from someone else that arguably the best food for dealing with hunger pangs is chicken breast. A 250-gram piece of boiled chicken breast, eaten dry (no seasoning/condiments) so as not to be palpable, takes a long time to eat, and it’s not very enjoyable, but your mouth gets a workout.

    Protein has this neat effect of curbing appetite as well.

    Other than that, you could try a heaping plate of broccoli, frozen grapes, Otter Pops, jello, and pickles.

    -Martin

    i&#8217;m all for drinking water, especially in place of soda and other not-so-healthy drinks. however, you don&#8217;t necessarily have to drink 8 glasses of it. on days that i don&#8217;t work out, i know i sure don&#8217;t!
i could link you to numerous sources that back up this statement, but here&#8217;s one that sums it up well:

Drinking extra water is said to reduce urinary tract infections, improve skin tone, help with weight loss (fill up with water first), reduce headaches and fatigue, eliminate constipation and improve concentration. There&#8217;s no robust evidence for any of this. The kidneys are wonderful things (that don&#8217;t need flushing with lots of water) and will make concentrated urine to save water.
(source: the guardian)

so continue to drink water, but don&#8217;t force yourself too much. then again, there&#8217;s nothing wrong with getting a lil extra hydration (just don&#8217;t overdo it).

    i’m all for drinking water, especially in place of soda and other not-so-healthy drinks. however, you don’t necessarily have to drink 8 glasses of it. on days that i don’t work out, i know i sure don’t!

    i could link you to numerous sources that back up this statement, but here’s one that sums it up well:

    Drinking extra water is said to reduce urinary tract infections, improve skin tone, help with weight loss (fill up with water first), reduce headaches and fatigue, eliminate constipation and improve concentration. There’s no robust evidence for any of this. The kidneys are wonderful things (that don’t need flushing with lots of water) and will make concentrated urine to save water.

    (source: the guardian)

    so continue to drink water, but don’t force yourself too much. then again, there’s nothing wrong with getting a lil extra hydration (just don’t overdo it).

    How do you get rid of a double chin? People say I have a 'normal' bodt but fat face cause of my chubby cheeks and double chin .___. help?

    Anonymous

    hello there! i’ve said it before (here, here, and here— the last two are related to belly fat, but the rule still applies) and i’ll say it again: you cannot target weight loss.

    unfortunately, the only way to lose weight in a certain region is to drop your overall weight. the best way to do so? make changes to your diet. exercise definitely helps with creating that calorie deficit and toning up, but with an unhealthy diet, it just isn’t as effective. if you’re already at a pretty low body weight, continue to work on incorporating healthier foods into your diet and more physical activity into your schedule.

    additionally, here’s a compilation of “double chin”/jaw/platysma exercises that i’d recommend:

    1. lean your head back, extend your tongue out as far as you can, and hold. then, slowly bring your tongue back into your mouth.
    2. point your chin up, pucker your lips, and hold.
    3. begin with your head lowered down to your chest and your mouth tightly closed. next, slowly lift your head up and back as far as you can reach, and then hold.
    4. open your mouth as wide as you can, and then hold that position.
    5. push your chin forward without using your upper body, and hold.

    start with a few reps of each exercise (hold each one for 10-15 seconds), and gradually increase both the number of reps and duration of each rep every week.

    other suggestions:

    • chew sugar-free gum! it works your jaw and facial muscles, thereby helping to prevent extra fat build-up and retain the jawline.
    • drink water. your face is definitely one of the areas that retains water, and proper hydration can help to prevent this. 

    every person stores fat differently on their body; we have no control over our genetics. when it comes to the fat deposits below the jawline, it’s no different.

    if you’re healthy, be happy! :)

    ridiiiiculous! 744 calories from sugar&#8230;
unless you&#8217;re filling that sucker with water, i don&#8217;t recommend the double gulp.

    ridiiiiculous! 744 calories from sugar…

    unless you’re filling that sucker with water, i don’t recommend the double gulp.

    it&#8217;s the truth!
prevent bloating by hydrating. :)

    it’s the truth!

    prevent bloating by hydrating. :)

    why? when a beverage is ice-cold, the body has to raise the liquid to body temperature, which burns more calories.
however, the number of calories that is burned is pretty small, almost insignificant when compared in the grand scheme of things.
so why do it? it can amount to an extra pound lost over the course of a year, doesn&#8217;t take any effort, and well, why not? 
it&#8217;s the little things that count. :)

    why? when a beverage is ice-cold, the body has to raise the liquid to body temperature, which burns more calories.

    however, the number of calories that is burned is pretty small, almost insignificant when compared in the grand scheme of things.

    so why do it? it can amount to an extra pound lost over the course of a year, doesn’t take any effort, and well, why not? 

    it’s the little things that count. :)

    two-thirds of the body is made up of water&#8230; no wonder we need it!

    two-thirds of the body is made up of water… no wonder we need it!