Our expert says:
This is partly true - the problem is that many people try to get that elusive six pack by doing situps every day, they lift weights, they spend hours doing muscle group training, but don't SEE anything, because, as you point out, there is a layer of fat that surrounds the muscle. Now, to address your concern, as you get stronger and your lean mass rises, then of course, your girth (waist and hip for example, but also biceps and triceps) will increase. Therefore, the ideal is that you lose some fat while gaining muscle, and this means that you have to focus not only on doing the 100's of situps and stomach work, but also on the exercises that will burn fat. This means doing cardio training, such as running and cycling, maybe 3 times a week. It's the combination of the two that will prevent what you are seeing now, and also help you to obtain the definition and six pack you are after
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