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~ How to banish belly fat or "menopot" for us ladies!" - "REPOSTED BLOG" ~

Sunday, May 27, 2012

... so this morning I visited a Sparkfriend, BEMORESTUBBORN and she had an older blog entitled, "Got Belly Fat", because this is one of my problem areas, here is the link to her blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
... she wrote briefly about an article that Pamela Peeke, MD wrote addressing this issue, and provided a link to the article:

... On page 1 of the article, Dr. Peete addresses exactly what a "menopot" is, how to find out if you not only have the subcutaneous fat i.e., "the soft fat under the skin that lays on top of your abdominal muscle—it’s the part that you can grab", but also excessive inner abdominal fat or visceral fat, the fat around your organs, which in excess can be dangerous for health; and how women should be eating in order to get rid of it.

On page 2, she addresses how to get rid of this dreaded "Menopot":


QUESTION: What’s the ideal exercise prescription for a woman determined to whittle her middle?

"Do cardio as much as you can, ideally five days a week. And even on rest days don’t sit around like a slug—get up and walk around. Do cardio by calories and intensity instead of minutes. Aim for 400 calories burned each session using intervals of intensity. You can run through 400 calories on an elliptical trainer in 30 to 40 minutes by doing high-intensity intervals. Then you need to do weight-training two to three times a week. You want to increase your muscle mass so you have an optimal calorie-burning engine inside you. Don’t forget core training. It allows you to maintain good posture, and the stronger your belly, the stronger your back. By doing a thousand crunches will you get rid of the Menopot? No. What those ab exercises will do is give a fantastic shape to your waist once you lose the fat".


... When I read this part of the article, all of the information she gave, although great, seemed like too much to do in just 5 days, but it is doable.

Peekes guidelines:

- Cardio 5X's a week, burning 400 calories per session
- Strength training 3X's per week (... can combine with cardio/ST sessions at the beginning or the end of your ST sessions)
- add Core/ab training
- Active Rest days (light activity, walking, pilates, low impact dancing, something that you enjoy, but that burns calories)

... I hope you found this blog helpful. ~ Dee emoticon
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  • NANNER2121
    Great info, girlfriend. Love the "Menopot," needed that giggle today.
    2082 days ago
  • FREEME1980
    Great workout plan! I need to get back to it too soon too. Eating a low calorie diet limits what I can do for exercise right now but soon I'll be at it again. Thank you for sharing the different workout DVDs available out there. Wishing you success on your plan!
    2095 days ago
    I, too, can't say "Thank You" enough! I need to make some changes in my workout that I wasn't aware of. Today is the day!
    2096 days ago

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    Before my skin cancer surgery, I had hit a plateau and your blog has sparked me (pardon the pun!) to realize that I need to increase the intensity. Most of my workouts were lower intensity with plenty of weight lifting. So when I get the go ahead from the doctor on Tuesday, I am going to have a brand new workout plan in effect. In fact, I am downloading from Cathe's website as I type!!!So thank you for stopping by my blog the other day. Otherwise, I never would have stopped by yours to thank you for visiting!!

    Congrats on being a survivor!!! You are a hero!!

    2098 days ago
    I certainly need to get rid of my menopot.
    2098 days ago
    Great information! Thanks for sharing.
    2098 days ago
    I love Slide n Glide but I don't see a 400 calorie burn with it. I usually tack on a 20-30 min. kick box routine.
    2098 days ago
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