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help me lose this belly fat? (pic)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

In middle school and the first few years of high school I was very skinny naturally but my weight has crept up a bit the past year and a half or 2 years. yes, I've grown so naturally I've gained weight that way, but my BMI/body composition has increased as well. I have tried paleo in the past with no change in weight. Because it's summer I'm really getting my butt into gear and for the past two weeks I've been using the myfitnesspal app to track my food intake and it usually comes out into even thirds of fat, carbs, protein and my weekly average for calories per day is 1250. My workouts have been patchy, haha. I know I won't see abs until I lose some weight so that's what I'm focusing on right now. I'm dying to wear high waisted shorts and crop tops with confidence!! alt text

edit: photo thing isn't working, so here's link to flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/81370664@N07/7455801244/in/photostream/

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 28, 2012
at 10:05 PM

i find women do better with compound weighted lifts rather than spot weighted exercises, i guess was my advice. but i dont know if that even helps the op.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 28, 2012
at 07:43 PM

i didn't mean at all that you should do weights! i olympic lift and LOVE it. power cleans are my jam. just that for women, targeted, focused ab work is sketchy weighted, in my opinion.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on June 28, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Argh I meant to say constructive - damn iPad so inarticulate

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on June 28, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Iknow this isn't contrastive, but I would just like to say that as a chick I would LOVE to have a body that looked like yours! Maybe just work on posture and focus on getting stronger. Up your calories bit by bit too and pay attention to how much you can eat while still maintaining.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 28, 2012
at 03:38 PM

That little bulge is you becoming a woman. It's normal and beautiful and you should not worry about it.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:51 PM

Rebekah - That's nice and all for somebody who doesn't want to actually workout. I'm into strength training and if you want to look like a muscular, toned woman, then you need weights in your life. Strong is the new skinny.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 28, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Sleepyhouse, low-carbers were ousted from this forum months ago. Anyone expressing the low carb viewpoint is quickly punished.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I'm an underweight guy who can obtain a six pack easier than most people, and it's not easy. I have to do something like P90X abs 3x a week regularly, otherwise after 3 weeks or so the 6 pack starts to disappear. It's hardly worth maintaining part of your body that rarely gets expose, unless you walk around with your stomach out all of the time.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:21 PM

just a thought from a previous gym employee - weighted oblique exercises are usually not super for women. they make you look wider at the waist, which makes you strong, but is not usually the look that women are looking for. lateral movements (in my opinion) are best mostly unweighted for the average woman trying to look "womanly".

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 27, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Guy here and I agree. It is barely noticeable and honestly your body looks lean. AKA you look hot! Don't worry about it.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on June 27, 2012
at 10:40 PM

p.s. confidence doesnt come from your belly button

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on June 27, 2012
at 10:19 PM

you arent eating enough calories and you body is holding on to that little extra fat for dear life. http://paleopepper.com/sexy-bodies/

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Yes I noticed that too. Hellerwork or Aston would help.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Primally kosher, What does this even mean?

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:10 PM

A lot of time the "pooch" as it is called is there because of estrogen dominance which many women have these days (also can be due to food intolerance =that bloated kind of look) I know what you mean because I am lean all over as you are, but have that pudge on my lower belly that sticks no matter what I do! Other than becoming a super crazy athlete and dieting very strictly, I'm not sure there is much to be done- honestly I think it is also just natural for women to be a bit soft there. Your body looks great and healthy, so I think we should learn to love it and accept it just as it it.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I suggest reading anything to the tune of http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/ultimate-diet-20 You'd learn a lot about why it is difficult for somebody skinny like her to lose her belly fat. It's not rocket science. Just science of the human body.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Cutting carbs works.

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:41 PM

That 1/3 of her caloric intake from carbs comes out to a bit over a 100 grams. How in the world is that too much to prevent her from losing fat over midsection ?

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:29 PM

I understand your concern because I am also struggling with the final amount of fat in the mid-section, but, honestly, you look great.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Stuck in a "viewpoint"? How about personal experience? The girl asked for realistic assistance, not fantasy tales about how you can consume massive amounts of carbs and still lose belly fat just because "some" people can. You know who those people are? The gifted elite.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Another -1 for being stuck in that viewpoint regarding carbs. Not to mention the fervent ranting on and caps lock. Some roasted sweet potato fries might help you chill out a bit.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Upvote as well. Nothing wrong with this answer. And weighted oblique crunches are an awesome core exercise.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Mazer... you are wrong about the 'equation'. Calories are not calories are not calories, which I assume you are implying based on this and your other reply. Fat, protein, and carbs affect your body differently in relation to insulin sensitivity.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Mazer are you suggesting she eat less calories? I confused. Clearly that would not be good advice for a young woman eating 1250 per day.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Mazer ae you suggesting she eat less calories? I confused. Clearly that would not be good advice for a young woman eating 1250 per day.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Mazer you have got to be kidding. This is a young woman and she is active and eating only 1250 per day. Cutting calories is horrible advice in my opinion.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Sleepyhouse22 I don't think your answer deserved a down vote at all and so.... Im upvoting you!

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Thank you, Corbab. Also, I take issue with the notion that accumulating body fat in the presence of excess calories is "metabolic derangement"- that is exactly how your body is supposed to work. Unless you have some serious thyroid issues (which, from the info RR has given us, doesn't sound like is a problem for her), if you are taking in more calories than you need, you will gain weight. If you are taking in less, you will lose it. Carbohydrates are not evil, and they measure in to the above equation in the exact same way fat and protein do.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:09 PM

or body image issues. I'm not accusing as being either but I would urge caution in your approach. Good luck.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:08 PM

As far as health goes, your body looks lean and a bit of fat in that area is not anything to be overly concerned about. as a person who has dropped about ~100lbs, let me tell you that it's not very healthy to obsess over something like that- especially since it's a pretty common occurrence for healthy women to carry something there unless they're genetically predisposed to being very very lean- which is not that healthy in women if you are forcing that. Because of the paleo diet's success as a weight loss tool for many, we do sometimes get stragglers who have unhealthy relationships with food

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:04 PM

BTW because you are obviously ignorant, weighted oblique exercises on the extension bench are not "spot reduction". It works out both obliques at the same time, your lower back, your abs, your hamstrings, butt, and calves. It's a full body exercise.

A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

(1281)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:03 PM

and some people lose that last bit of stubborn belly fat when they consume more starch. robb wolf's target audience doesn't look like RR, I daresay. so, no matter what he preaches, it's not ideal for everyone.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:01 PM

SPOT REDUCTION ISN'T WHAT I WAS ADDRESSING! I suggested lifting weights and doing weighted oblique crunches. If you have never done them, then you don't even know what I'm addressing. I'm discussing building up oblique muscles. Not burning fat.

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:59 PM

"Try weighted oblique crunches" *all together now* SPOT REDUCING DOESN'T WORK! You can crunch yourself into next year, and it won't do a thing if the muscles are still covered by a layer of fat. (Ab work isn't a big calorie burner.) If you want to train, focus on building muscle to burn more calories, as well as burning more calories in general.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:49 PM

robb wolf: "So does that mean everyone should be out there chowing down on potatoes? Unfortunately, no. Not because there is anything unhealthy about potatoes, but a lot of people cannot process dense carb sources in a healthy way. It ultimately depends on your activity level and metabolic status. Basically those carbs fuel your activity level...You have to earn your carbs. If you have metabolic issues (read: abdominal fat) then you need to get that sorted out first since you are not processing carbs correctly. It ends up being shuttled to the fat tissue instead of being available as energy."

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

No, godd*mmit, it means cutting calories! RR, I think you look absolutely fine. However, refer to Higgs' answer above.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Seriously? Why did I get a negative mark? 1/3rd carbs is NOT ideal. http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/11-08/paleo-plan-weekly-nutrition-breakdown/ Especially if you aren't working out, 1/3rd carbs is DEFINITELY not ideal. Was it about the lifting weights comment? Try weighted (25lb) oblique crunches (3x12 reps) on the back extension bench. You can't tell me that you don't feel the burn all along your obliques for days.

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892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:34 PM

This probably is not what you would like to hear,but I think your body is fine as it is. I don't think you need to lose anything.

I hope you realize the pursuit of obtaining 6 pack abs,especially as a female can be extremely difficult and even cause damage health wise.

Also,I think you need to eat more than 1250 calories a day. I think a good strength oriented weight lifting program is a must while dieting.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 27, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Guy here and I agree. It is barely noticeable and honestly your body looks lean. AKA you look hot! Don't worry about it.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I'm an underweight guy who can obtain a six pack easier than most people, and it's not easy. I have to do something like P90X abs 3x a week regularly, otherwise after 3 weeks or so the 6 pack starts to disappear. It's hardly worth maintaining part of your body that rarely gets expose, unless you walk around with your stomach out all of the time.

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:36 PM

First, I agree with the others - health-wise, that doesn't seem like a concern to me.

Second, I have to say that your posture seems to be part of the problem (not that there actually is one). In that picture, you're leaning back just slightly. But more problematic is the anterior pelvic tilt and excessive lumbar curve. In other words, you're sort of sticking your stomach out.

Try this: Stand tall. Make sure your ears align above your shoulders. Level your pelvis. Let your hands hang down by your sides. Ask a friend to take another side picture. You'll probably like what you see better this time.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Yes I noticed that too. Hellerwork or Aston would help.

7
901d843c6a01089575ef1751a9e6e9fd

on June 27, 2012
at 06:37 PM

That kind of belly's sexy. Don't change a thing.

If you really want to lose it, remember the old adage ??? abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. That means cutting carbs.

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

No, godd*mmit, it means cutting calories! RR, I think you look absolutely fine. However, refer to Higgs' answer above.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Mazer you have got to be kidding. This is a young woman and she is active and eating only 1250 per day. Cutting calories is horrible advice in my opinion.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Mazer are you suggesting she eat less calories? I confused. Clearly that would not be good advice for a young woman eating 1250 per day.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Mazer ae you suggesting she eat less calories? I confused. Clearly that would not be good advice for a young woman eating 1250 per day.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Cutting carbs works.

6
7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I am only going to give advice because I am pretty sure you are going to do something whether we tell you to or not. So, Lift some weights and run some sprints.

Go for the 'unwieghed, unmeasured' paleo technique. This is not a weight loss issue. You already look great and if you want to improve, you need more muscle mass- all over, not just in the ab area. This means you will need to eat more, not less. Remember to give your muscles rest days- muscle growth happens on the rest days.

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F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

on June 27, 2012
at 06:34 PM

You should consume fewer carbs because it's gathering in your abdominal area.

But don't be discouraged... cutting out some of those carbs and replacing it with more proteins and green veggies would result in probably eating the same amount of food you already were consuming.

You also don't seem to be lifting weights, which you should consider. Doing so would definitely firm up your midsection a lot faster (what you seem to want: reuslts, now! lol).

btw, I think you look great. You already have a body that millions would kill for :)

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Seriously? Why did I get a negative mark? 1/3rd carbs is NOT ideal. http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/11-08/paleo-plan-weekly-nutrition-breakdown/ Especially if you aren't working out, 1/3rd carbs is DEFINITELY not ideal. Was it about the lifting weights comment? Try weighted (25lb) oblique crunches (3x12 reps) on the back extension bench. You can't tell me that you don't feel the burn all along your obliques for days.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Stuck in a "viewpoint"? How about personal experience? The girl asked for realistic assistance, not fantasy tales about how you can consume massive amounts of carbs and still lose belly fat just because "some" people can. You know who those people are? The gifted elite.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:21 PM

just a thought from a previous gym employee - weighted oblique exercises are usually not super for women. they make you look wider at the waist, which makes you strong, but is not usually the look that women are looking for. lateral movements (in my opinion) are best mostly unweighted for the average woman trying to look "womanly".

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Thank you, Corbab. Also, I take issue with the notion that accumulating body fat in the presence of excess calories is "metabolic derangement"- that is exactly how your body is supposed to work. Unless you have some serious thyroid issues (which, from the info RR has given us, doesn't sound like is a problem for her), if you are taking in more calories than you need, you will gain weight. If you are taking in less, you will lose it. Carbohydrates are not evil, and they measure in to the above equation in the exact same way fat and protein do.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Sleepyhouse22 I don't think your answer deserved a down vote at all and so.... Im upvoting you!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 28, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Sleepyhouse, low-carbers were ousted from this forum months ago. Anyone expressing the low carb viewpoint is quickly punished.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I suggest reading anything to the tune of http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/ultimate-diet-20 You'd learn a lot about why it is difficult for somebody skinny like her to lose her belly fat. It's not rocket science. Just science of the human body.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:01 PM

SPOT REDUCTION ISN'T WHAT I WAS ADDRESSING! I suggested lifting weights and doing weighted oblique crunches. If you have never done them, then you don't even know what I'm addressing. I'm discussing building up oblique muscles. Not burning fat.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:04 PM

BTW because you are obviously ignorant, weighted oblique exercises on the extension bench are not "spot reduction". It works out both obliques at the same time, your lower back, your abs, your hamstrings, butt, and calves. It's a full body exercise.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Another -1 for being stuck in that viewpoint regarding carbs. Not to mention the fervent ranting on and caps lock. Some roasted sweet potato fries might help you chill out a bit.

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:59 PM

"Try weighted oblique crunches" *all together now* SPOT REDUCING DOESN'T WORK! You can crunch yourself into next year, and it won't do a thing if the muscles are still covered by a layer of fat. (Ab work isn't a big calorie burner.) If you want to train, focus on building muscle to burn more calories, as well as burning more calories in general.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Upvote as well. Nothing wrong with this answer. And weighted oblique crunches are an awesome core exercise.

A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

(1281)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:03 PM

and some people lose that last bit of stubborn belly fat when they consume more starch. robb wolf's target audience doesn't look like RR, I daresay. so, no matter what he preaches, it's not ideal for everyone.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Mazer... you are wrong about the 'equation'. Calories are not calories are not calories, which I assume you are implying based on this and your other reply. Fat, protein, and carbs affect your body differently in relation to insulin sensitivity.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:49 PM

robb wolf: "So does that mean everyone should be out there chowing down on potatoes? Unfortunately, no. Not because there is anything unhealthy about potatoes, but a lot of people cannot process dense carb sources in a healthy way. It ultimately depends on your activity level and metabolic status. Basically those carbs fuel your activity level...You have to earn your carbs. If you have metabolic issues (read: abdominal fat) then you need to get that sorted out first since you are not processing carbs correctly. It ends up being shuttled to the fat tissue instead of being available as energy."

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:41 PM

That 1/3 of her caloric intake from carbs comes out to a bit over a 100 grams. How in the world is that too much to prevent her from losing fat over midsection ?

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 28, 2012
at 10:05 PM

i find women do better with compound weighted lifts rather than spot weighted exercises, i guess was my advice. but i dont know if that even helps the op.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:51 PM

Rebekah - That's nice and all for somebody who doesn't want to actually workout. I'm into strength training and if you want to look like a muscular, toned woman, then you need weights in your life. Strong is the new skinny.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 28, 2012
at 07:43 PM

i didn't mean at all that you should do weights! i olympic lift and LOVE it. power cleans are my jam. just that for women, targeted, focused ab work is sketchy weighted, in my opinion.

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:23 PM

You are perfectly trim. Very small. If you'd like to tone up the mid-section a smidge, do planks and maybe pilates, three times per week to tighten up your back and core muscles.

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88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

on June 28, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I've always had that pudgy spot as well. The only thing that ever flattened it completely was swimming an hour a day for 2 months when I was 21 yrs. old (breast stroke). I looked amazing! Now that I'm 41 and have been pregnant, I'm not sure if that would work anymore...

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 28, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Do you know your body fat percentage? Have you done a pinch test? To be honest your body comp reminds me of me several years ago. It's the body of someone under stress- flat chest, poochy belly. Are you on hormonal birth control? What is your omega-3/omega-6 ratio like? What I would recommend is a super-high quality diet and don't even bother with workouts at all. It's not your abs that are the problem, it's body fat and the distribution of body fat. HArd workouts = more stress. Take a walk in a nice park instead or take a gentle yoga class. Eat liver, good grass-fed butter, fresh berries, roe, good quality fish, etc.

As for low-carb or high-carb or whatever, I never worried about carbs and have a flat stomach and B-cup breasts now. And I've maintained it for two years now without even thinking about it. Not many people who worry about macronutrients can say something like that. Also, many of the people here who say low-carb is the best/only way are older and have different hormonal issues.

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F92a0a13e601a6d302e44a4d4e0e3b91

on June 28, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Listen to Melissa and I also second Pilates it is fantastic for abs but also not a high stress exercise and lots of emphasis on breathing. Really, you look fine to me.

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C7a5d82db689b945ac4a59766fe0d4db

on June 28, 2012
at 10:06 AM

You don't have to train, don't have to starve yourself to death. Just eat wisely. Educate yourself here http://gossippa.com/truth-about-abs-review/

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on June 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I think you should move your hand down, or use a timer. That arm is in the way to make an accurate assessment. Super defined abs on a woman isn't that attractive IMO. Your likely to have bulging veins around there too.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 27, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Primally kosher, What does this even mean?

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