Our expert says:
If you are not generally overweight (?) then you need to ask your gym instructor to work out an exercise programme that specifically targets your stomach muscles. If you are overweight then you will need to lose weight by reducing your energy intake and upping your cardio exercises. I think it would be a good idea to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will have to work out what you are eating at the moment and then calculate an energy-reduced diet prescription for you that makes you lose fat without loss of lean muscle tissue and still provides you with enough energy to do your strenuous exercise programme. Rather spend some money on consulting a dietitian than buying all kinds of pills and potions or eating unbalanced diets. Carbs are low in energy if you don't eat them with lots of added fat and carbs are still your best source of energy for exercise (just look at the Tour de France cyclists who eat up to 70% of their energy as carbs and are as thin as can be).
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