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How do I get rid of this muffin top?

Hello, I am pretty new on here and need some advice/help. I am off on holiday in 4 weeks and although I have lost a few lbs - I still need to lose another 2-3lbs and get rid of the horrible muffin top! I am struggling! I am going to the gym 3 times a week and doing Body Pump for toning and sticking to around 1200 calories a day (hard work may I add) but I can?t seem to shift my mid/lower tummy. I do sit ups but not every single day. Any advice/suggestions really appreciated PLEASE! X


Our expert says...


Ok, so I have some good news and some bad news! The good news is that there are numerous things you can do to help shift the further 2-3lbs you are trying to lose:

- try reducing your calorie intake a tiny bit more – by exchanging higher fat content food for lesser ones i.e. exchanging harder cheese for softer cheeses. Small changes make all the difference and obviously will subtly accelerate fat loss

- maximise all aspects of physical activity on a daily basis, i.e. taking the stairs at work, parking further away than normal, using any excuse to walk, household chores and so on. It is those extra couple of calories burned daily that will tip the balance in your favour

- make sure you maintain adequate hydration and try to focus on slightly increasing your water intake as this has appetite suppressing benefits as well as fat burning advantages

Bad news: The ‘muffin top’ area is often one of the last places the body utilises fat stores from. The body has a genetic predisposition to store fat around our middles as a protective mechanism for the vital organs including the reproductive organs, liver and kidneys.

 Doing abdominal exercises every day doesn’t optimise a persons ability to reduce body fat stores in this area so don’t worry you aren’t missing anything by not training them daily. Yes, train your abdominals (to enhance muscle tone and improve strength and spine stability), but reducing fat is about calories…..burning calories! So, getting your heart rate up with effective exercise combined with good nutrition is still going to be the best solution to get those pounds off.

Hope this helps,


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