my body is skinny and I know that. but - my stomach is not. it protrudes from my body, I can pinch much more than an inch, when I sit down I get fat rolls, etc. I have been doing an hour on the treadmill every day along with a healthy diet where I usually eat 800 calories a day of fruits veggies and whole grain eggs and nuts etc. I'm seeing progress but so many people tell me omg! you don't need to lose weight! your bmi is underweight or whatever... I want a flat defined tummy but I always hear that first you must lose the fat because even if you do ab exercises you won't see a change because the fat is still there to cover it. anyways do you guys think what I'm doing is wrong? my goal is to get to 105 lbs and then start focusing more on weight training to build more muscle, but I first need to lose a couple more pounds of fat.
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As the other people have said, at this point, you need to get OUT of the mindset of losing weight, and into the mindset of doing exercies that target your abs. Losing more weight isn't going to help you, and might actually hurt you. You're doing enough aerobic excercise already, so what you need to do is add excercises to get those abs in shape.
Leg lifts and crunches are obvious choices. Another you might not know about is called "shoveling coal". Someone noticed that the guys who used to shovel coal in boilerrooms always had tight abs, because shoveling heavy coal all day really worked out their stomach muscles. The excercise is recreated by putting a weight at the end of a long pole and then moving it around like you were shoveling coal from one pile to another. One guy was using a padded sledge hammer with a longer handle; the padding makes sure you don't tear up your floor.
Anyway, ab-targeted excerise is all you need, not losing any more weight. In fact, you might GAIN weight as you improve your muscle definition, as muscle is denser than fat. That's why weight is a poor measure of fitness past a certain point.0