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A 17-year-old male asked:

I walk 4-10 miles daily and now do push-ups. i'm 17 and male and i'm 130 at 5'5. am i not getting definition cuz i eat 2200 cal w/a bad diet?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Requires effort: Definition, ie washboard abs, will take effort.You need to drop your body fat content down to 5-8% which requires more work at the dinner table than in the gym.Most teens have 15-20% body fat. Working out can add lean muscle at about 5 lb per year which can help, but are you ready to drop 10 lb by changing your eating habits?
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Weight train. : Definition requires both cardio, which you're doing, and whole-body weight training, which you're not. As well, you do need a healthy diet of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.

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