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dancer594
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hello. to start out with, i know i am not fat. i just want to shed those few extra lbs that seen to sit right below my belly button. however, i am having trouble doing so. along with dancing for at least 1.5 hrs every day, i started to go to the gym and do cardio for 30-45 min/day and have started to eat healthier. however, i am not seeing any results. i am getting semi-frusterated. does anyone have any tips? thanks!
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JamsessionVT
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While we generally don't promote weight loss if you are otherwise healthy, I can tell you that you won't see result right away. Depending on how long it's been, you may or may not see any change. Eating healthy is defintely a start, and is very important. However, you metabolism will also have an effect on how quickly you will see results. Needless to say, you likely won't see the results you want in only a few weeks. Patience and perserverence is the key; as well, fitness and health is a lifelong goal. You have to keep it up in order to maintain what you have/are striving for.

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Also, it may be important to remember that you can't specifically wisk away fat from specific areas. You CAN do exercises specifically intended to target certain areas (crunches can help you build/tone muscle in your abdomen, leg lifts in your glutes and legs, etc.), but in general, weight comes off wherever the heck your body wants it to. So, while you might want to see results in your stomach, any changes you see may be in your behind, or thighs, or breasts, etc.

Being healthy is the far more important goal for anyone changing their eating habits and exercise, so focus on how good you feel doing those first, and you may be surprised to see what that changes about how you feel about your body one day, if you're not scrutinizing over the changes you're not seeing day to day. [Smile]

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Additionally to that advice, I'd also suggest that you work on loving your body as it is. You say yourself that you are not overweight, and it sounds like you do HEAPS of exercise, so it sounds like your body is working just fine. Why not concentrate on what your body can DO for you, rather than on what it looks like?
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Heather
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You may also simply be as thin as you healthfully get.

In another post, you mentioned you're already a dancer, so it may well be that you are already very fit, and already simply look the way you look per your genetics.

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also as you are exercising so much perhaps you are getting muscle losing fat so do not see a difference on the scales

also the important think is to be fit

a person can be very skinny but actually have a higher fat body percentage than a larger person it all depends on diet and exercise so if u are eating healthing and exercising you are fine

too tone stomach (it sounds like toning rathert than weight loss is what you relly want) dance is great and maybe do some crunces like even two reps of 15 or 20 a day

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Heather
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Just FYI?

It's actually dangerous to suggest MORE exercise to someone who has made clear they're already doing two and a half hours of it each day at a minimum, which, as it is, is flirting with overexercising, which can take a toll on your health.

In fact, if the OP also isn't eating enough, and is doing that much exercise and her body is clinging to her normal weight, despire the added exercise, that may even be the case because her body is trying to protect itself.

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i wasnt suggesting she did more

i meant that dance is great for all over workout and crunches will be more effective to tone than cardio sorry i didnt make that clear enough

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