Fabulous Abs: 4 Diet and Workout Plans for 4 Real Ab Problems
Post-Pregnancy PudgeJulie Meyer
Weight: 209 lb.
Body fat: 34.5%
Weight: 191.5 lb.
Body fat: 29.5%
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.'"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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