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Fabulous Abs: 4 Diet and Workout Plans for 4 Real Ab Problems

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Stubborn Pooch

Jessica Prata

Age: 27
Height: 5'5"

Weight: 144 lb.
Waist: 31"
Hips: 39.5"
Thighs: 22"
Body fat: 25%

Weight: 141 lb.
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38.5"
Thighs: 21.5"
Body fat: 23%

The Plan

"Jess was training for a marathon when we started working together, so she was already pretty fit," says Frediani. "She just needed to strategically focus on her abs to get rid of her extra pooch." Jess did strength moves like biceps curls, shoulder presses, and back extensions while seated on a stability ball or standing on a balance board twice a week to work her core muscles. In addition, she ran three to four times a week, combining distance, interval, and steady-paced workouts.

To de-flab Jess's middle while fueling up for training, Antonucci told her to eat a healthier breakfast and add more protein and fiber to her diet. The dietitian advised having egg whites or low-fat yogurt with whole grains like cereal in the morning, followed by a balanced lunch and dinner, plus two healthy snacks during the day.

The Ab-Solution

Three weeks into her plan, Jess noticed a difference in her waistline. When she popped in for a visit with her parents after four weeks, her mother's first words were "Wow! You've slimmed down!" The next weekend, she pulled on a pair of old jeans and was shocked to find that they slipped on without being unbuttoned. After eight weeks, she'd dropped a full dress size and lost three pounds, 2 percent body fat, and 2 inches from her waist. Her abs were firm and flat, and her arms, legs, and butt were noticeably more toned. "To celebrate, I went and bought two new pairs of size 6 pants!"

Favorite Move: Balancing Oblique Twist

Stand on a balance board, holding a 12-pound medicine ball with arms extended. Rotate from side to side. "Balancing on the board forces me to use my abs and work harder than just sitting on a machine," says Jess.

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tonifindle81116 wrote:

This article helped me figure out what I should be doing. Now to get that thing called motivation. I stay at home with my 13 month old. I have never been this heavy and out of shape in my life.

3/24/2014 12:13:42 PM Report Abuse
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