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- I’M LOSING INCHES BUT NOT POUNDS, WHY?
If the number on your scale doesn’t budge but your clothes are feeling looser, that’s a good thing. It means you are replacing flab with muscle, which is denser and takes less space. So while your weight in pounds might not change at first, you should be patient. What’s more, muscle burns calories even when you’re not flexing it, so after about eight weeks of working out, you’ll likely see a loss of both inches and pounds!
- MY LOWER BELLY STICKS OUT MORE SINCE I STARTED WORKING ON MY ABS. WHATS THE DEAL?
That area isn’t really bulging, it’s just that everything else around it is shrinking (measure your waist every four weeks to check). That said, you can’t target areas to burn off fat, and where you gained weight first is typically where you’ll lose it last. One way to help firm up this area is to brace your entire core-that is flex it as if someone is going to sock you-as you work your way through your ab routine. I always cue my clients/students to keep their NAVEL INTO SPINE WHEN PERFORMING ALL EXERCISES…same as suck that stomach in, but make sure to breath!
This way you hit your deep-set transverse ab muscles, which run from the sides of your torso toward the center of your stomach. If these muscles are taut, everything else gets sucked in! It’s not about how many crunches you do, it’s about how effectively you do the crunches!
- I’VE GOT 10 POUNDS TO GO, AND I’M STALLED. SHOULD I CHANGE MY DIET OR WORK OUT MORE?
If your goal is to lose more than water weight, you need to focus on your plate. Like I’ve said in my past posts…50% is eating healthy, 25% is Cardio, and 25% Strength Training/Abs! Lose of weight is when you combine a healthy diet and effective exercises!