Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Itís the Season for Flat Abs (April 4, 2006)

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Question:

No matter how much cardio I do as well as restricting my calories, I canít lose the fat on my lower stomach. I was told I would be stuck with it because itís where I store my fat. (Lisa Q, Oakdale)

Answer:
Answer: Spot training and believing that when you lose fat, you will lose your problem area are myths! That doesnít mean that your situation is hopeless. After factoring in genetics, child birth and environment, here are some general guidelines.

Eat regularly: When you skimp on calories and skip meals, you are throwing the fat-burning process in reverse. When you starve yourself, you are working against your body and it fights back by slowing down the metabolic rate, making it harder to lose fat. You will have more success by feeding your body every few hours (5 to 6 smaller, balanced nutrient dense meals). Eat fruits, vegetables and protein to create satiety.

Weight train You donít mention weight training in your exercise program. Remember muscle is your metabolic furnace. Muscle uses energy even during sleep; however, fat is stored. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. And weight training always involves good execution, holding in your abdominals tightly, which means that they are being worked with other exercises.

Simply put: Feed your body every 2-3 hours and incorporate 3 days of weight training (a trainer can help you design a program) and you will notice the felt melt away

Listen to Frank Mikulka’s Weekly Fitness Tips every week on Debbie Mandel’s Turn On Your Inner Light Show every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 7:30 pm on WGBB 1240AM. Also available on www.turnonyourinnerlight.com/page3.html