Hello lovely ladies! I thought I would take the chance to answers some questions I have been getting lately, in a blog post, instead of individually on Instagram, email, Facebook, carrier pigeon, morse code et al. It’s a little hard to go into detail in small comment sections, so I thought I would compile all my answers on Substance, then I can refer people to this post down the track.

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A lot of my followers, online friends, online family  (The Substance Family) are inquisitive beings, and I LOVE that. I love that you’re the type of savvy gals, to ask how you too can achieve things. Learning how to do new things is fun and awesome, and I am all for sharing. I am exactly the same when it comes to things I don’t know, but want to know. I ask Jonathan, I ask my parents, I ask friends and I jump online, a lot.

So without further ado, here are some of my most FAQ’s.


Question 1: How do I get my abs to look like yours?

If you’re interested in toning up and getting fit, I have a great workout post here on my routines. I still am not where near where I want to be, but I am happy with my current results.

Getting abs to show is 95% diet. If you want abs, you better start changing up what you eat. You need a low body fat percentage for your abs to display.

  • Guys, unless you have a body fat percentage below 10%, you won’t see your abs.
  • Girls, unless you have a body fat percentage below 12-14%, you won’t see your abs.

For exercises to make your abs pop? Planks, side planks, ab wheels. Crunches suck. Don’t do them.



Question 2: How do I lose weight from my stomach, but keep my boobs?

We’re all made up differently. Some people are blessed with flat stomachs and boobs, some are blessed with a booty and boobs – genetics really are luck of the draw.

The thing with your muscles are they don’t turn into fat if you stop working out, and your fat doesn’t turn into muscle if you exercise all day long. If you spend all day doing crunches, you’re wasting your time, crunches all day long will NOT get rid of the fat. Crunches will only build up the muscle under your fat, and without changing your diet, the fat isn’t going anywhere.

Furthermore, you absolutely, 100% can not spot reduce fat. If you’re on a quest to drop extra kilograms, you will drop it from everywhere you’re storing fat. It sucks, but you’re not in control of where the fat comes off your body once you start eating right and exercising.



Question 3: What do you eat and what do you follow?

I am a big believer of the 80/20 rule. I never cut out foods. I eat everything in moderation. Substance is a place to showcase real food, real workouts and not exclude anything or follow “fads”. I hate fads and fitness “buzzwords”. I eat healthy 80% of the time, and I treat myself the other 20%. It works for me and I find it easy to follow.


Question 4: How many days per week do you work out?

At the moment, I have been going through a little bit of a lull because I haven’t been able to fit in proper days. I have been walking lots though and doing yoga.

On a normal schedule, about 4 times a week, ensure I have sufficient rest days.



Question 5: What do you eat after you workout?

I normally drink a protein shake, I’ve never been one for big meals after working out. If I do want a snack after working out I eat things such as, these six healthy snacks.

Be careful here: If you only burn 400 calories and eat 600 calories after working out, that’s where you’ll start putting on weight.



Question 6: What do you eat when you go out for dinner?

I try and choose something healthy from the menu, but on the off chance I want to treat myself, I play by these rules.

  • Drink water, not sugar based drinks
  • Eat slowly
  • Avoid fatty, fried foods where possible
  • Order a side salad or veges
  • Stick to one course, instead of entree, main and dessert
  • Order wine, not cocktails (empty calories)



Question 7: What are the best ways to get rid of inner thigh fat, stomach fat, “muffin top” fat?

Again, you can’t spot reduce fat, so refer to question 2, as it applies to this question.

Question 8: Do you just do cardio?

I do a number of things to stay fit

  • Run
  • Walk
  • Kettlebell / strength training
  • And most recently I began yoga.


Question 9:Is it bad to do the same exercises during each workout session?

The goal of working out your muscles is to get good results, but also to give them enough time to repair. The recovery period after exercise is when your body repairs itself to come back stronger, fitter and faster. So, doing an ab workout four times a week is a bad idea.


Question 10: How often do you change your workout routine?

When I become bored, or when I ask Jonathan to change it up for me. It’s a great idea to, otherwise you’ll become less and less motivated if you’re bored.


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Thank you all for reading and for sending me questions! If you have anymore, be sure to comment in the section below and I will get back to you!

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

29 thoughts on “10 Of My Most Asked Questions Answered”

  1. Reading your post and seeing your pictures really motivates me to keep going with my health goals! Keep up the hard work 🙂

  2. Never said hi or anything but I’ve been following your blog/instagram for ages 🙂 I absolutely love your style. Every single one of your photographs are true works of art and stunning inspiration! Love xxx

  3. Thanks for the advice, perfect timing as I’m about to start a fitness kick for February 🙂
    I follow you on Instagram as @allaglow and my email is charlottescotton (at) gmail (dot) com, thanks for the chance!

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