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Lacking energy to lose stomach fat

I'm a 19 year old female, 5 foot 3, 125 pounds. I am currently a size 2... which sounds quite small, but my body is awkwardly shaped. I am not an apple, as my waist is 26 inches, while my hips are 36... yet my stomach protrudes quite a bit. I've been doing excersizes to try and minimize my lower stomach as frequently as I can, but have had little success.

Here are my issues:
I often lack the energy, physically, to start working out. Often times I become light headed after beginning a workout. I'm a vegetarian, so I thought it may be an iron deficiency, but it does not seem to be. I do eat plenty of carbs about an hour, hour and a half before working out as well. I also get a sufficient amount of sleep.

I don't know what workouts to do exactly... I've tried yoga, pilates, cardio ( I always do cardio), crunches, stability ball... and various combinations of all of them, yet nothing seems to work

So basically, my questions are:
How can I get the energy to start working out?

What are the best workouts to do?

Mon. Aug 24, 7:30pm

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I have tried being vegetarian and found that I have the same problem. I can't speak for you, but in my case the lack of protein is an issue. The less protein I have, the less energy I have to work out. If I have a large portion of tofu (about 1/3 of a box), and veggies for breakfast, I usually have enough energy to get a good workout in. Hope this helps.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 3:31 AM

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You're vegetarian, but do you eat quality foods? Things that aren't processed: laden with sugar, fat and salt?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 7:59 AM

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I try to eat as many quality foods as I can. I mostly eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and low-fat dairy. I rarely even have sweets as I've never been a big fan.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 12:17 PM

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This soup recipe has been made by members of the PEERtrainer community for a couple years now. It will help with your energy!!


Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 9:08 AM

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