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I want six pack abs. Any suggestions?

I want six pack abs. Any suggestions?

Big picture: The key is diet -- eat enough protein, but beyond this, only what you need to keep hunger truly at bay, and resolve to be hungry much of the day. It's worth it. Train your abs by any exercise you know -- I suggest cable pulls as they provide much more resistance than endless crunches. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is getting a six pack abs unhealthy for my health?

Is getting a six pack abs unhealthy for my health?

Not usually: It is not unhealthy to attain muscular definition and growth as long as it is done in a healthy and sensible manner. That is, without the use of steroids or androgens and staying on a healthy work-out schedule while eating healthy foods. Also, be sure to maintain your hydration and a well-balanced diet. ...Read more

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Quit smoking after 4 pack years(8 years at half a pack per day). Been really paranoid about cancer. Mom says "your only 25 stop worrying"is she right?

Quit smoking after 4 pack years(8 years at half a pack per day). Been really paranoid about cancer. Mom says "your only 25 stop worrying"is she right?

Relax: Your risk starts to be measurable at about 10 pack years. Worrying accomplishes nothing in any case. The key is that you were able to stop -- an achievement for which you should be commended. Talk to your mother about something that is likely to be productive and/or create affection. ...Read more

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Does having six pack abs have negative effect on breathing?are they healthy?

Does having six pack abs have negative effect on breathing?are they healthy?

No effect : Six pack abs are a function of total body fat. You can have multiple medical problems and have six pack abs. ...Read more

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Can smoking cigarettes affect weight gain? I smoke about 1 pack every two days.

Can smoking cigarettes affect weight gain? I smoke about 1 pack every two days.

No: I presume you are asking if smoking can prevent weight gain. Avoiding weight gain is used by many people as a justification for smoking. But you have to gain 100 pounds to have the same risks as smoking two packs a day. While you smoke less than this, there is no question that smoking is way worse for you than gaining even a few pounds. Please focus on quitting tobacco! ...Read more

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Low absolute eosinophils count. What does this mean? I am a 37 year-old female in excellent overall health. I am 5' 4", 121 pounds, and I am an avid exerciser (cardio and weight training 6 days per week). My recent laboratory results (blueprint for welln

Low absolute eosinophils count. What does this mean? I am a 37 year-old female in excellent overall health.  I am 5' 4", 121 pounds, and I am an avid exerciser (cardio and weight training 6 days per week). My recent laboratory results (blueprint for welln

Probably normal: Low eosinophils are often normal. It is impossible to say in an individual case like yours without a full history. Alcohol intoxication and over production of certain steroids in the body (such as cortisol) like from working out are causes. If you are a health regular exerciser your doctor would probably not mention it. ...Read more

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Confused-are birth control pills 99% effective after 1 week? Pamphlet says back-up for 7 days but people are saying it takes a month? Loestrin 1/20

Confused-are birth control pills 99% effective after 1 week? Pamphlet says back-up for 7 days but people are saying it takes a month? Loestrin 1/20

Not a month: You are certainly "safe" (1%failure rate when used correctly) well before one month. The one week wait is probably sufficient. I usually advise a two week wait, but this is most likely being overly cautious. However, getting pregnant when you don't want to be is a big deal. ...Read more

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NP dumped weird CBC results in my chart. I am concerned. WBC 7.1, neutrophilis 82%, Lympocyte 10.7% (most concerning), ABS neutro 5.9, lymph ABS 0.8. MD on vacation. no phone call about results?

NP dumped weird CBC results in my chart. I am concerned. WBC 7.1,  neutrophilis 82%, Lympocyte 10.7% (most concerning), ABS neutro 5.9, lymph ABS 0.8. MD on vacation. no  phone call about results?

Reference ranges: Hi Here is some additional info for you on CBCs and differentials. http://bit.ly/2q7KbIH On the surface, the numbers you gave, don't seem alarming, at least there is nothing you mentioned that indicates a medical emergency. The significance of the findings depends on why the CBC was done in the first place because interpretation really depends on clinical context. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've doing insanity for four weeks now? I skipped on yesterdays cardio recovery so is it possible for me to do cr, pure cardio & abs allonego? 20male

Yes but decrease abs: Congrats on 4 wks of insanity. Skipping cr day isn't bad but make sure you don't overdo it with combined cr, abs and pure cardio. ...Read more

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16, 5'3", 53kilos. Can't lose weight at all - 4 hours cardio, 20k cycle + abs / week for 1 month, healthy eating, NO WEIGHT LOST! Feel terrible :(?

16, 5'3", 53kilos. Can't lose weight at all - 4 hours cardio, 20k cycle + abs / week for 1 month, healthy eating, NO WEIGHT LOST! Feel terrible :(?

Don't lose weight!: Your body mass index is 20.5 -- that's perfect! You don't have to drop an ounce. On the otherhand, if you do voluntarily lose weight, you will actually risk your health. ...Read more

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TSH 3rd Generation is 19.000, T4 normal range, DR told me not to worry about it. I have gain weight over 50 pounds in the past 18 months. be worried?

TSH 3rd Generation is 19.000, T4 normal range, DR told me not to worry about it. I have gain weight over 50 pounds in the past 18 months. be worried?

High TSH: With a significantly elevated TSH level, it appears that you definitely have an underactive thyroid which is a cause for weight gain. I recommend that an endocrinologist evaluate your thyroid status. ...Read more

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Migh i get six pack abs going on the elleptical trainer 20 hours a week?

Migh i get six pack abs going on the elleptical trainer 20 hours a week?

Not unless...: You'll also need to watch your diet very carefully, and do some heavy abdominal resistance exercises. It's a worthy goal. The time on the trainer is a lot but if you actually enjoy it, go for it. ...Read more

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Neither of my parents ever gained more than 10 pounds over their ideal weight the 60 years I knew them. Why am I overweight?

Neither of my parents ever gained more than 10 pounds over their ideal weight the 60 years I knew them. Why am I overweight?

More than genetics: It's true that if 1 or both parents are overweight your chances of being overweight increase, but how much you weigh depends on more than your parents' weight. How much you eat, how much and what kinds of exercise you do, your age, medications you're taking, and some medical conditions will affect your weight as well. Some of these factors can be modified, like diet and exercise. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Why would EBV return 8 later months with higher numbers, in healthy 17 yr old? I am very worried IgM 90 and IgG 147. Cbc is normal.

Why would EBV return 8 later months with higher numbers, in healthy 17 yr old?  I am very worried IgM 90 and IgG 147.  Cbc is normal.

Why?: Ebv titer rises with many conditions and i often consider it just a busy body. If you are healthy otherwise, don't worry over it. On the other hand, why was the test obtained if you were healthy in the first place? ...Read more

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How i lose weight and get six pack abs?

How i lose weight and get six pack abs?

Diet and exercise: I can't say much more than that. "crunches" or sit-ups are how the "cut" guys do it. ...Read more

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Take birth control w/ one wk placebo pills for months now. When during pack unprotected? Am i protected any placebo days? How about start of new pack?

Take birth control w/ one wk placebo pills for months now. When during pack unprotected? Am i protected any placebo days? How about start of new pack?

Oral contraceptives: Oral contraceptives taken as directed protect against pregnancy every day. Withdrawal bleeding is expected a few days into placebo pills but you would not become pregnant. Missing a pill would put you at increased chance of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Helllo dr, I am 17 years old girl, weight 79 kg, height 5"7, calories intake 1000/day, want lose 10kg weight in two months, what food i need to use, please help?

Helllo dr, I am 17 years old girl, weight 79 kg, height 5"7, calories intake 1000/day, want lose 10kg weight in two months, what food i need to use, please help?

Slow and Steady: Weight loss can be a challenge but on the positive side with you are close to a targeted normal weight.Your bmi is close to nl; 10 kg weight loss may be a push;i would advise a balanced diet that doesn't eliminate major food groups unless you are vegan/vegetarian. 1000 calories per day is dangerous and not recommended. Also any wt you lose with radical calorie reduction you are likely to regain. ...Read more

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Could you regain a six pack abs?

Could you regain a six pack abs?

Yes. Work hard.: Eat enough lean protein but otherwise only enough to keep hunger at bay, and be willing to stay hungry some of each day. Good general aerobic conditioning, and some resistance exercises that target the ab muscles such as standing or kneeling cable crunches. This is a wonderful gift to give yourself and you'll be very glad. ...Read more

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How to attain six pack abs fast?

How to attain six pack abs fast?

Hard work discipline: Eat enough lean protein but otherwise only enough to keep hunger at bay, and be willing to stay hungry some of each day. Good general aerobic conditioning, and some resistance exercises that target the ab muscles such as standing or kneeling cable crunches. This is a wonderful gift to give yourself and you'll be very glad. ...Read more

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How would achieve six-pack abs?

How would   achieve six-pack abs?

Regular exercise: First and foremost weight loss and then regular abdominal exercises. If you have a high percentage of body fat, all the exercise in the world will not be able to define your "six-pack" abs. ...Read more

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How can I get a six pack abs?

How can I get a six pack abs?

Abs: Lots of cardio: it is very difficult to see abs in anyone that is more than ~8% body fat. Cardio will lower your overall body fat percentage. Abdominal exercises to strengthen and buk up your muscles. Don't foregt to hit your upper abs(leg raises) and obliques. ...Read more

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What kind of diet will help me get six pack abs?

What kind of diet will help me get six pack abs?

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. ...Read more

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I was curious how to get a six pack of abs fast ?

I was curious how to get a six pack of abs fast ?

Up tp you.: Depends on your current body status (how overweight you may be). Lots of cardio: it is very difficult to see abs in anyone that is more than ~8% body fat. Cardio will lower your overall body fat percentage. Abdominal exercises to strengthen and bulk up your muscles. Don't forget to hit your upper abs(leg raises) and obliques. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get six pack abs fast?

Can you tell me how I could get six pack abs fast?

Not fast: need to lose fat and build core muscle. this can be done with multiple exercises including squats, dead lifts, knee to elbow, etc. lose fat by eating correctly ...Read more

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Is getting a six pack abs unhealthy for my health?

Not usually: It is not unhealthy to attain muscular definition and growth as long as it is done in a healthy and sensible manner. That is, without the use of steroids or androgens and staying on a healthy work-out schedule while eating healthy foods. Also, be sure to maintain your hydration and a well-balanced diet. ...Read more

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What do you suggest I do to get a six pack of abs?

What do you suggest I do to get a six pack of abs?

Abs: Lots of cardio: it is very difficult to see abs in anyone that is more than ~8% body fat. Cardio will lower your overall body fat percentage. Abdominal exercises to strengthen and bulk up your muscles. Don't forget to hit your upper abs(leg raises) and obliques. ...Read more

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I have six pack abs and my right side is more elevated than the left. What causes this and how can I fix it?

I have six pack abs and my right side is more elevated than the left. What causes this and how can I fix it?

Six pack: Let a doctor look at you. You obviously look at you physic a lot, and pay attention to every muscle in your body. Body is never the same on both side, similar but never exactly the same. ...Read more

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Hello, i had a quick question or two. I have worked out with weights my whole life im 35 and always been fit (six pack abs, watched what i eat etc)?

Hello, i had a quick question or two. I have worked out with weights my whole life im 35 and always been fit (six pack abs, watched what i eat etc)?

Good Job. Keep up.: You have a good Exercise and dietary habit. Make sure your Cholesterol and Glucose level are normal.. Start taking ASA 81 mg daily. ...Read more

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How i lose weight and get six pack abs?

Diet and exercise: I can't say much more than that. "crunches" or sit-ups are how the "cut" guys do it. ...Read more

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Is strength training a good way for me to get six pack abs?

Is strength training a good way for me to get six pack abs?

Yes: 6packs come from fitness and lower body fat % strength training stressing core muscles. ...Read more

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What is the method which a 14 year old guy can get ripped six pack abs?

What is the method which a 14 year old guy can get ripped six pack abs?

Nutrition: To achieve the 6 pack look you will need to drop your total body fat content down tho the 5-10% range compared to the 20 % average of most normal guys at your age.You may have worked out enough to have good abs, but the normal distribution of body fat prevents them from appearing better defined.Most competitive body builders get down to the 3-5% body fat range for competition. ...Read more

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Migh i get six pack abs going on the elleptical trainer 20 hours a week?

Not unless...: You'll also need to watch your diet very carefully, and do some heavy abdominal resistance exercises. It's a worthy goal. The time on the trainer is a lot but if you actually enjoy it, go for it. ...Read more

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Best way to build muscles and six pack abs faster??

Best way to build muscles and six pack abs faster??

No quick solution: If you want , could achieve with work outs several hours in the gym every day along with good healthy balanced diet , and thee is no ' faster ' over night solutions , good luck ...Read more

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How can I get a six pack abs on my stomach?

How can I get a six pack abs on my stomach?

Abs: Exercise, abdominal workout routine, decrease carb intake increase protein. A routine I've found very useful is P90X ...Read more

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What kind of workout routine will help me get six pack abs?

What kind of workout routine will help me get six pack abs?

1st U need no sub-Q-: -fat then a program of sit ups, crunches. A very aggressive routine should also include cardio as well as a good core program. An AT-C @ a health club can tailor a program 2 fit Ur goals & ability. BUT if you have sub-Q fat it will develop but it will not B visible. ...Read more

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Does having six pack abs have negative effect on breathing?are they healthy?

No effect : Six pack abs are a function of total body fat. You can have multiple medical problems and have six pack abs. ...Read more