By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Question: I am 45, working out for over 5 months, lifting weights 3 times a week and cardio 5 times a week. Eating clean and making sure that I eat enough protein and drinking my protein shakes. I feel great and have lost 25 lbs and gaining muscle but can't seem to whittle my stomach down. I would be down several sizes if it wasn't for my stomach. Any help would be great.


Answer: Sounds like you are doing all the right things and are already seeing results. I wouldn’t change up a whole lot now if you are continuing to lose weight and gain muscle. Unfortunately, for the stomach area we humans lose fat from the outside in. As fat begins to “burn” off the body we tend to lose it from our extremities first. You will notice someone who begins exercise losing weight in their arms and lower legs first and then in the face. The stomach tends to be the last place it comes off. If you are trying to break a plateau you could do a couple different things. First, try taking your 3 days a week of weights and split it up over 5 days with cardio.  You will have less time on the weights on these days and be more efficient on cardio. Try something like chest on Monday, back on Tuesday, legs on Wednesday, shoulders on Thursday, and arms on Friday. Mix it up a bit and shock your body into change. As far as the stomach goes I would make sure to do crunches to work the muscle underneath but increase your cardiovascular intensity to shed the extra fat you are looking to lose.  

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