Sit-Ups and Push-Ups

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 20:41
Greetings All,

I am new to the medical diets and I am doing well. I have lost 33.3 lbs. The problem is my stomac, I want to know if I start sit-ups will I burn the (spare-tire) fat from my stomac? Or is there another exercise I should be doing?

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 21:09
Thing is, you can't 'spot burn' fat with specific exercises. Crunches, sit ups, even running will work your core and develop your muscles, but not burn just your belly.

Also, don't get discouraged if you do start core work and your belly gets bigger to begin with. That happens when you develop muscle. Eventually, if you eat right and burn all around fat, your stomach will flatten out.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 21:30
Bchgurl knows her stuff! You really can't spot burn fat. You can do good cardio (getting your heart rate up for about 20-30 minutes) to aid in burning the fat, but your body decides where it comes from.

Doing exercises makes your muscles bigger which, at first like Bchgurl said, will make your stomach look bigger! Yikes! But keep it up and when the fat goes away, your abs will look fantastic.

I have also heard that muscles aid in burning the fat, so the more muscles you have, the more effective the fat burning (cardio) will be.

For me, I have noticed that my stomach is losing pretty much no fat, but my neck, legs, and arms have gotten much slimmer. I hope the last place to go is that belly!

Good luck!

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Posted: 30 May 2010, 14:33
bchgurl and Shreeder are correct. You can't spot burn fat, but building muscle does increase your metabolic rate so you naturally burn more calories.

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Posted: 30 May 2010, 16:02
Yes , unfortunately I too carry any excess fat first on my belly. So that is the last place it comes from. Probably when you get close to goal you'll see it come off. Ironically my bust goes tiny first, so I started fat with small tits ,now the rest of my body is growing smaller too!! LOL.
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Posted: 30 May 2010, 18:04
I've noticed a little coming off myself. Actually, I measured it, and I'd lost about 1 1/2 inches from my waist and hips, (2 1/2 from my chest) but everything else pretty much looks the same. I've only lost about 13 lbs sofar though. :3

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Posted: 30 May 2010, 18:13
Yeah, this is one of the biggest weight loss myths: that you can force your body to burn fat off a particular body part. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. You simply have to lose weight overall and hope for the best. For me it is my upper arms that seem to be taking more time than everything else.
Exercise will absolutely improve your shape and tone once you lose the weight, so definitely get moving and strength training every way you can!
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Posted: 01 Jun 2010, 15:39
All this info has been very comforting to me... I too have been desperately trying to get my belly down and have been very disappointed when it seems to look bigger, I had no idea that when trying to work on your belly it'll look bigger before it flattens out better... so that's very comforting, thanks for the 411 on belly fat Smile

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 22:52
Increasing your fiber intake will help flush fat/toxins. Benefit: - smaller LargeIntestine = somewhat smaller stomach size. -you will be able to process fats better.
This is what I take & personally recommend. Info below is copied from their website

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