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Posted by: HAKA | 2012/04/20

TUMMY FAT

Hi doc i need advise on how i can lose weight around my tummy please.What exercise do i need to do and if there is a diet i must follow.

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Dear Haka
If you are otherwise overweight, then losing some kg will lead to an all round loss, including on the tummy. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) for at least 30 min a day. In addition to the aerobic exercise which reduces fat throughout the body, it will also be beneficial to do exercises that specifically target the abdominal area and slim the tummy, such as sit-ups for example. Ask Fitness Doc for a set of specific tummy-tightening exercises.
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Posted by: Moedeloos | 2012/04/20

Hi Haka

I have found the best exercise for the abdominal area is any variation of the " plank" . The traditional plank - push your body up into the topp part of a push up and then hold it for as long as possible. Maybe 3 sets of 10 secs to begin with. It sounds easy, but it is a killer!! There are many different variation of this, just google plank and try them all. Follow this with 20 minute cardio and you will certainly loose cm''s around your tummy. Brisk walking works like a charm. Good luck :-)

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/04/20

Dear Haka
If you are otherwise overweight, then losing some kg will lead to an all round loss, including on the tummy. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) for at least 30 min a day. In addition to the aerobic exercise which reduces fat throughout the body, it will also be beneficial to do exercises that specifically target the abdominal area and slim the tummy, such as sit-ups for example. Ask Fitness Doc for a set of specific tummy-tightening exercises.
Best regards
DietDoc

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