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"Can I get a six pack through diet alone?"
I want a six pack. Will dieting suffice?
A six pack is a common desire among young people. This however, is a difficult and sometimes dangerous goal to achieve. I would recommend that you discuss this with your primary care doctor. He or she can help you achieve a realistic goal (and this may be one) in a healthy and safe manner. A six pack is the common term that refers to when the fat on the stomach is thin enough to allow for a view of the abdominus rectus muscle. This abdominal muscle has septations into 10 different pouches -- and often the bottom of these six can be seen if the overlying fat/skin is thin -- this results in the appearance of a six pack. In order to get this six pack -- you need to achieve an extremely thin layer of fat over the abdomen, as well as strong abdominus rectus muscles. Therefore, losing weight (thereby losing fat) is the real key to do this. You are right in the dieting is the major component of any weight loss regimen. Keep in mind exercise (not just the abdomen but all over) can also be very important in successful weight loss. Keep in mind this can be difficult to achieve, and occasionally an unsafe or unrealistic goal. Talk to your doctor about this. Good luck!
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