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

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Post-Pregnancy Pudge

Julie Meyer

Age: 31
Height: 5'11"

Weight: 209 lb.
Waist: 38"
Hips: 45"
Thighs: 23.5"
Body fat: 34.5%

Weight: 191.5 lb.
Waist: 34"
Hips: 42"
Thighs: 23"
Body fat: 29.5%

The Plan

Julie was struggling to lose 20 pounds left over from her second pregnancy; she also wanted to heal a sore back and tone a flabby middle. She met with an instructor twice a week at Power Pilates in New York City. "Pilates is perfect for new moms, because it helps strengthen the deep abdominal muscles that are stretched out during pregnancy," notes Howard Sichel, CEO of Power Pilates. In addition to Pilates, Julie did 30 to 40 minutes of cardio four times a week, including running, stair-climbing, elliptical training, and cycling.

Antonucci recommended that Julie cut back on snacking -- especially on her 3-year-old's leftovers -- which added an average of 200 to 300 extra calories a day. In addition, she made healthier food selections such as a salad with grilled chicken or a veggie burger with steamed cauliflower.

The Ab-Solution

"On my first day I felt big and clumsy," says Julie. In the beginning, her lower back hurt from having to compensate for weak abs. But by the end of the third week her back pain had disappeared, and she was seeing results. Her husband noticed too. "One night we were leaving for dinner and out of the blue he said, 'You look really great.'"

By the end of the program, Julie had lost nearly 18 pounds, 5 percent body fat, 4 inches from her waist, and 3 inches from her hips. "For the first time in years, my abs really look firm."

Favorite Move: Scissors

Lie faceup on floor. Lift left leg 6 inches and right leg toward ceiling. Bring shoulders off the mat and grasp right calf. Gently pull right leg toward head twice; switch sides. Pull twice on each leg before alternating sides.

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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
helen_farrel wrote:

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