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any 6pack tips?!?!?

Ok so here is the deal:
I have been a member of my gym for about 10 months now, but i have been exercising for at least a year before that. My goal is to get a defined stomach area, but i haven't been able to do much. I want that girly six pack that you see on swimsuit models where it looks like their skin shrik wrapped itself around their lean muscles. Now this month i turned up the heat on my exercises. I do cardio for 2 hours now, then i hit the weights with all that i have. I try really hard to manage my diet as well eating lots of protien not many carbs or fat and getting in fruits and veggies. i've noticed some results in that my waist has gotten smaller, but no definition on the home front. do you have any tips?? =]]
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You need to balance everything perfectly. Calculate your BMI and ask a dietician to prepare exactly the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates required and follow this strictly. Ask your trainer to design floor, adbominal exercises for you and continue the cardio and weights. After sustained training to increase the tone on all the abdominal muscles you will develop this.
Normally you should not bother or work out much so as to cause any medical  problems to you. Go slowly and steadily and you should be happy of whatever you have achieved till now.
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have you considered trying pilates. i've had a 2 pack before starting pilates after doing them for 2 weeks i saw immediate results. my tummy started getting harder and a barely visible outline of a 4 pack started showing. i have flabby waists and have been desperately trying to work it off. i've lost 8 pounds and no luck on love handles. you mentioned your waist getting smaller, can you give me some tips?
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Well it's really this thing i have downloaded onto my ipod. it's a nutrition calculator and you can imput food from just about any resturant and just about any exercise there is. it's kept me aware of how much i eat. as for exercising, i usually am on the elliptical for about 2 hours. i know it sounds bad, but the elliptical is waaaay easier than jogging, and you can burn twice as many calories. for instance with an hour of interval training on the treadmill ( four minutes running, three walking briskly) i will burn about 400-450 calories. however, when i am on the elliptical for an hour i can burn anywhere from 600-700 calories depending on the level i set and how hard i push myself. now about a year ago my waist measured probably about 28" and around my bellybutton area i was probably 34" which isn't good and my BMI was about 23. after i started working out i noticed my waist getting smaller. well now my waist is 24-25" and around my belly button is about 26.5-27.5" and my BMI is probably around 19 now.  i still have some love handles though, and i'm trying nearly everything to get rid of them.

so for some tips i think that you should rely more on the soft tape measure than the scale, and NEVER measure yourself after you eat or you will be unpleasantly surprised. the best time to measure is after waking up before eating anything (kinda like weighing yourself). also for exercises there is this really cool thing at my gym called the "power tower" it's like a huge stand that is up against the wall and has two arms coming out on top and two arms coming out around the middle. i usually stand with my back against it and have my arms support my weight and do leg lifts, both straight and curled legs.

I've never tried pilates though. i think i've kinda hit a platue because i can never do anything that will make me sore. like with ab exercises i am never sore. and no matter what i do i can't seem to get rid of that extra little layer of fat. i swear i'm so close i can ALMOST see it. i can even feel the sections of abs under my skin and they are rock hard. like i'm sooo close. i just dont know. i think that maybe being overweight as a young kid may have something to do with it.?

I am happy about the transformation i've made dont get me wrong, but it's like there is never a finish line you know? I've tried everything shy of suppliments, and i'm really nervous to even think about it.... i mean side effects and all. plus i don thtink my husband would approve. i guess i'll just have to keep on truckin'.
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There is no limit for satisfaction but as a doctor i would not advice you to exert yourself. Healthy body and healthy mind is the thing you have to achieve and you acheived more than that.
Exert your body till you do not have pain and it takes time for your love handles to go but you will achieve it ultimately with perseverance.
Elliptical is very good, as you are losing more calories and the way you manage your calories it is very scientific and nice method. Continue getting motivated and you will achieve that calender figure! Take care!
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thankyou doctor for your advice. i think that this week i'm going to take a break from exercise and dieting. i probably need to cut loose a little, and since it's the 4th tomorrow! yay. but come monday i'll get back to the grind.
but i've got another question... my friend says that clembuterol (spell???) is a good way to lose fat. i'm scared of dieting pills so i dunno. he's also telling me about this shot you inject into the are that you want to lose the fat and that scared me more. i dont wanna get hooked on anything. i dunno. would you recommend any type of supplement?? i dont know when i have till to get my bikini stomach, and im so impatient!!
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Avatar_dr_m_tn
If you are diseased and you cannot move and all the factors are against you and your cholesterol level is high go for medical pills with advice of a Physician.
People who work out and achieve the way you have done is the only way to achieve perfect bodies. Hormones, steroids will give you short term gains  with lots of side effects but in the long run, Physical exercise, maintaining input and output and continous work outs is the best way.
You can always indulge in temptations of taking some desserts in weekends and you can always compensate by burning them later. Take care!
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Thanks doctor. you are right!! i guess i will keep going the way that i am. this just shows that we are becoming more and more impatient.
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