How to get a flatter stomach?

  • Musicman91

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    Sep 04, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    So I have been working out regulalry for almost 2 months and I am seeing definate results mostly in the arms/chest. I still have a bit of a belly although it definately has gotten smaller. I do crunches and all that jazz but I would like to know what else I can do? What foods should I eat/stay away from? Other exercises?

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  • jmanorlando

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    Sep 04, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    While ab and core exercises strengthen your stomach muscles, they do not burn fat (ie - you can't spot reduce fat). You must continue to work out, eat a good diet and over time it should slowly decrease.

    On a video where Ryan Reynolds trainer was talking about getting Ryan into shape for the Green Lantern, he said "while working out is important it's 99% diet." What he mean was that to get lean and cut the real difference maker is diet. The other big key is reasonable time.

    During my first lifestyle change I lost 30 lbs. in 7 months so basically 1 lbs a week. And then during a last 3 months I started to refocus on fitness, saw the Ryan Reynolds story and started to focus on my diet. I got a Calorie tracking app, changed eating habits, added some new interval cardio routines and the result is almost 10 lbs in 3 months and my abs are popping again.

    While I have worked out abs consistently over the past year, it was only when I adjusted my diet and focused on interval cardio activities that I started leaning down and getting the look I wanted.

    As for your food question, here is a simple rule. The more natural the food the better. Some key foods I enjoy - chicken breast, fage 2% greek yogurt, oatmeal (not flavored), raw almonds, peanut butter, carrots and muscle milk shakes. While I am still cutting down I aim for 1500 - 1700 calories a day and more on big cardio days. The other secret is... if you don't want to eat a 150 cookie or other high calorie item - Don't Buy It. You can't eat it if it's not in your house.

    I hope this helps, now I am off to the gym.
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    Sep 04, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    jmanorlando saidWhile ab and core exercises strengthen your stomach muscles, they do not burn fat (ie - you can't spot reduce fat). You must continue to work out, eat a good diet and over time it should slowly decrease.

    On a video where Ryan Reynolds trainer was talking about getting Ryan into shape for the Green Lantern, he said "while working out is important it's 99% diet." What he mean was that to get lean and cut the real difference maker is diet. The other big key is reasonable time.

    During my first lifestyle change I lost 30 lbs. in 7 months so basically 1 lbs a week. And then during a last 3 months I started to refocus, saw the Ryan Reynolds story and started to focus on my diet. I got an Calorie tracking app, changed eating habits, added some new interval cardio routines and the result is almost 10 lbs in 3 months and my abs are popping again.

    While I have worked out abs consistently over the past year, it was only when I adjusted my diet and focused on interval cardio activities that I started leaning down and getting the look I wanted.

    As for your food question, here is a simple rule. The more natural the food the better. Some key foods I enjoy - chicken breat, fage 2% greek yogurt, oatmeal (not flavored), raw almonds, peanut butter, carrots and muscle milk shakes. While I am still cutting down I aim for 1500 - 1700 calories a day and more on big cardio days. The other secret is... if you don't want to eat a 150 cookie or other high calorie item - Don't Buy It. You can't eat it if it's not in your house.

    I hope this helps, now I am off to the gym.


    This was useful. I'm good on the cardio and core workouts but my diet has gone downhill (not majorly). I'll have to challenge myself on this one.
  • Musicman91

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    Sep 04, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    jmanorlando saidWhile ab and core exercises strengthen your stomach muscles, they do not burn fat (ie - you can't spot reduce fat). You must continue to work out, eat a good diet and over time it should slowly decrease.

    On a video where Ryan Reynolds trainer was talking about getting Ryan into shape for the Green Lantern, he said "while working out is important it's 99% diet." What he mean was that to get lean and cut the real difference maker is diet. The other big key is reasonable time.

    During my first lifestyle change I lost 30 lbs. in 7 months so basically 1 lbs a week. And then during a last 3 months I started to refocus on fitness, saw the Ryan Reynolds story and started to focus on my diet. I got a Calorie tracking app, changed eating habits, added some new interval cardio routines and the result is almost 10 lbs in 3 months and my abs are popping again.

    While I have worked out abs consistently over the past year, it was only when I adjusted my diet and focused on interval cardio activities that I started leaning down and getting the look I wanted.

    As for your food question, here is a simple rule. The more natural the food the better. Some key foods I enjoy - chicken breast, fage 2% greek yogurt, oatmeal (not flavored), raw almonds, peanut butter, carrots and muscle milk shakes. While I am still cutting down I aim for 1500 - 1700 calories a day and more on big cardio days. The other secret is... if you don't want to eat a 150 cookie or other high calorie item - Don't Buy It. You can't eat it if it's not in your house.

    I hope this helps, now I am off to the gym.



    Thanks a bunch this is very informative. I'm gonna start changing my diet up this week.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 05, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Researchers say that running/good aerobic exercise burn more calories than resistance training. I usually run for 30min then weightlift for 30min. I usually feel burned out but I definitely see results along with eatting and drinking right.
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    Oct 20, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    Nice information about how to get flatter stomach, i also have a fatty belly
    so this post helpful for me.. ThanKaXxxx