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is losing belly fat easy for those who have achieved a flat stomach and by doing basic core work outs were you able to achieve toned, defined abs? thanks!

Thu. Sep 6, 5:44pm

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core work-outs only tone the muscles, but to get rid of the fat, you have to do cardio. I have toned my abs before, but have not yet been able to get rid of the small layer of fat over them. If I did, they would look great. It's something you have to keep up, because they don't last long!

Thursday, September 06, 2007, 7:11 PM

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Sexy abs

You have to keep up with doing ab work, without ab work you won't be able to see your muscles and/or it takes longer to get a flat stomach without ab work. Just keep at it, eat right and be consistant with your workouts, you don't have to push yourself to the maximum every workout to achieve amazing results, actually if you give yourself time to recover after hard workouts and you vary your intensities it keeps you from burning out which I think is most peoples problems because they will quit for a while and then gain the weight back and then try to go back on another exercise routine then they burn out again from exercising too much because now they think oh I have to make up for lost time so they stop for awhile and it becomes one big cycle. Same thing goes with food and restricting too much. But if you give yourself a little bit of slack now and again and you stay persistant you can get a great body and sexy abs.

Thursday, September 06, 2007, 7:48 PM

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I do pilates and cardio and as I toned, I lost weight and strengthened my core. I may sound lieka marketing blurb, but I have abs like I never thought I could. Hard as a rock, subtly defined and downright exciting for me to look at! I am also uberly concious of my posture and keeping my abs tight and engaged throughout the day - no matter what I'm doing. That helps just as much if not more than the pilates. However I had to lose 20 pounds to see them and I still have ~10 more to go to reach what I think of as my ideal.

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:17 AM

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Thanks for all of your responses!

7:11, yeah I realize that you need to diet and exercise to lose the fat off the muscle. I just don't want you to think that I'm one of those ignorant ppl who still believe that LOL!

Yeah, I have about 20 pounds to lose...perhaps even 25 if I want to really see my abs...I don't know but I don't plan to go too far and deprive myself. Anyway, most of my weight gain went to my stomach. I've been doing weight training consistently and I've been getting really awesome results, but when it comes to my abs I know I need to lose the weight before I see definition. For me, it all comes down to my diet b/c it's up and down cycle for me. I'm considering taking a pilates class at school if it fits in my schedule.

Thanks again for your responses!

Friday, September 07, 2007, 1:36 AM

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12:17 AM: I know how you feel! I never thought I'd have hard stomach muscles either until I started doing Pilates regularly. Hehe yeah we do sounds like those people on the informercials.

I also find that having nonfat dairy in my diet really helps get a tighter midsection. Whenever I stop having a cup of nonfat plain yogurt each day, my stomach gets fatter. And then it tightens up almost right away when I start eating it again!

Friday, September 07, 2007, 4:11 AM

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Yeah ever since I read that Hilary Duff got her tight abs by doing Pilates I've been thinking about now that you also say it's gotten you your abs I registered for the class for this fall quarter just a few hrs ago lol. I mean I'm all about weight training b/c I prefer the muscular, athletic look but I need something for my abs.

Also, how long did it take for you to lose those 20 pounds? Did you pretty much just watch your portions? That's basically what I'm doing right now. I'm just impatient haha

Friday, September 07, 2007, 5:28 AM

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