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How do i get a flat stomach and more defined abs?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
If only that easy...: Body sculpting sounds promising (& there are gimmicks & diets that promise you their products can do this), but the only way to effectively spot-reduce is surgery. Lose 1 pound of fat per 3500 calories you drop or work off, but you can't pick where--sorry. You have much to gain from a moderate diet, regular exercise (get a personal trainer who can help you strive toward your goal) & consistency.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Abs: You need to lose weight in general & a certain proportion of that will be abdominal fat. This can be done by eating healthfully, being physically active and making sure that calories burned exceed calories consumed.However you can improve your appearance by toning your abs. To tighten your abdominal muscles consider doing crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, etc.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I get abs if you already have a flat stomach?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Excersises: Core and ab centered exercises.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do i need flat stomach to get abs?

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Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
No: Your stomach is inside your abdominal wall. Abs refer to the muscles that line the anterior abdominal wall. Situps will allow you to get abs. A firm abdominal wall will have your stomach distend less anteriorly and more inferiorly or posteriorly where there is more give to the surrounding tissues. This gives one the sense of flatness.
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What can I do to get abs/flatter stomach?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hard work: There is no such thing as spot fat loss. You need to lose weight in general & a certain % will be abdominal fat. Eat healthfully & be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise.

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