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Q and A: Belly Pooch

Posted Oct 21 2009 10:00pm

Good Morning Kelly! I have a question for you :) I’m 30 (omg I can’t believe I said that out loud!) and have three children. I am in pretty good shape, run 5 or 6 mornings, along with some ab workouts, light yoga..and so on. But, I can’t seem to get rid of the “pouch” on my stomach. I am sure you have heard this before..the little belly from having three kids kind of pouch! Do you have any suggestions or workouts that I can try!

Thanks!
Donna

Here’s the deal: if you are talking about loose SKIN, you can’t really do anything about it. Its a skin elasticity issue, and its part of being a mommy and making 3 beautiful kids (i’be never seen them, but Im assuming.) Some extra muscle tone underneath can help tighten the appearance, but won’t bring the spring back. Its a sucky fact of life.

If it is excess fat, you simply need to burn the fat. The only thing that blasts belly fat, or any fat really, is cardio. You need to be doing at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio exercise (elliptical, walking at a fast pace, jogging, bike, spin class, etc) 5-6 days a week. That will get rid of the fat around your middle, and everywhere else. There really isnt a specific workout that will help more than another- you need to up the intensity of your workouts. If you do the 5-6 days of cardio consistently for a few months and still don’t notice a change, then I would look to your diet. Diets high in saturated fat cause people to gain weight around their middle more than anywhere else, so you should be conscious of that as well. Ab and core exercises are of course important, but you can;t show off your muscle tone if you have residual fat covering it up, so cardio, cardio, cardio.

Here is a good list of exercises to try to target your abs. Ab Stuff. ‘Nuff Said.

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