Can't get rid of belly fat!!!

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 08:59
Do any of the ladies out there have any success stories they can share regarding losing the dreaded belly fat?? I gained almost 60 pounds in my pregnancy and am finally within 10 pounds of my goal weight. My goal was to get back into a bikini this summer so I started Atkins again in Jan 2012 and since then have lost three dress sizes....problem is I'm losing inches everywhere else EXCEPT for my belly. In reality, it's probably only about 1 pound of jiggly belly fat, but since I'm only 5' tall and have a short torso, every little bit of extra weight shows on me. I work out with a personal trainer two days a week and also swim three days a week for 30 min.

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 09:06
Sounds like you'll need to get down on the floor to exercise your abs. The "bicycle" is one of the best for overall ab work but your personal trainer should be able to address this for you. Speak to him/her about it. Even though I go to Curves 5 days a week, I notice that the circuit routine doesn't really address the lower abs so I address this issue separately once I've done my workout.

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 11:27
Carb Cycle. It will take you off atkins, but it will help you re enter into regular eating. Also HIIT training is also great


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Posted: 11 May 2012, 15:24
Interestingly, my personal trainer said working my abs had nothing to do with losing belly fat....she stressed the importance of cardio activities (which is why I swim). I know everyone's body reacts's just been such a struggle and I'm really getting frustrated. Sad

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 16:24
I found that to get rid of the belly fat, I had to start running. I was a swimmer, but unless you are doing sprints or ladders, it's really hard to get your cardio into the belly-fat burning level. Like kanan123 said HIIT is also a great way to lose belly fat. You want to do High intensity cardio. Smile
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Posted: 11 May 2012, 17:13
i have used interval training a ton... both in sprints or in combo with plyo work, or tabata work, in the end, it was, unfortunately, long boring cardio, at a medium intensity, that has helped do the trick. i do think once or twice a week of HIIT is good to integrate into your routine, a good weight lifting workout of 30 minutes or so followed by a good long cardio such as elliptical or stationary bike, really burns good calories and taps into fat for energy. i almost always do long cardio post-weight workout.

and i think most folks who have visible 6 or 8 pack abs will tell you ... no amount of ab work will burn belly fat or reveal abs ... losing weight/fat is the only way to get there ... and usually it is mostly through diet. there just isn't any "spot" work that can be done on fatty areas ... the body loses fat in the order it wants to use it for energy.

doing total body movements during your workout, in general such as planks, weighted corkscrews, one leg and one arm moves with dumbbells, and ab roll outs are good for overall tone of the abs.

give up crunches or any ab machines. total body work that engages your core is all you need.

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 18:33
no exercise per se can target a specific area of body fat despite what countless programs and trainers.
There is no way to control where the fat you loose come from. It is not unusual that the belly fat covering the abs comes off at last. The only solution is to decrease the body fat percentage until the goal is reached

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Posted: 19 May 2012, 10:01
Cherylanc, Like yourself I am within 10 lb. of my goal. Except during pregnancy it was my backside that ballooned ! What I have found in the past is that I lose weight from everywhere on my entire body except my rear end first. Then when I get down to that last 10 lbs. (which are the most difficult by the way) I FINALLY drop the weight off my butt. I am also short/small framed (5'2"Wink, and a mere 5 lb. towards the end drops me two or three pant sizes. Hang in there !

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Posted: 19 May 2012, 10:18
I have lost 65 lbs, and still have a huge belly. That is where my body has always stored fat the most. Belly and love handles, and lower back. That muffin top look. I think it is just going to be the last place I am going to loose. After pregnancy though it is important to do ab exercises to help with your tummy, because the muscle there often seperates, which can add to the fat look there. So for after pregnancy cases the ab exercise can help.

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Posted: 19 May 2012, 11:14
I think its like the computer principle of "First In - Last Out" or FILO. We gain that weight 1st, so we tend to lose it last. Yes, it sits in front of us where we can see it and we hate it! Hang in there, lots of good advice already given.

I need to lookup HIIT on bikes...

/Cheers, JP

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Posted: 31 May 2012, 16:48
I'm the same height and same issues where my midriff seems to be the last place the fat comes off. I switched up my cardio and resistance training and seem to be getting results. I am a runner and aimed for more interval speed workouts and hill work. Whatever type of cardio you do regularly your body mechanics tend to make you more efficient which means ultimately less calories burned. Changing you cardio activity may make the difference. I will spend a fortnight on my hols soon doing freestyle in an olympic sized pool precisely because I SUCK at swimming so not efficient at tall. I am also doing jillian michaels 30 day shred for muscle toning and that is definitely having a positive impact. Change the game and watch your body step up to the challenge and change.

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Posted: 31 May 2012, 17:01
kanan123 wrote:
Carb Cycle. It will take you off atkins, but it will help you re enter into regular eating. Also HIIT training is also great

Just wondering if you could explain how carb cycling works?
I also just wanted to congratulate you on your success! Keep up your great work and you will have that bikini body!
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 05:49
Drink lots of water every day. At least 8 glasses a day. Although make sure not to drink too much as this can be dangerous.

Water can flush out all toxins in your body, speed up your metabolism and give you lots more energy for exercising, so you can go for a quick 10-20 minute sprint around the block.

Don't just walk around or job, you need to run/sprint. Wink
My current diet regime and philosophy....

Eat a healthy diet. A tuna salad takes less energy to digest than a steak. Wink Have more energy, eat right. Drink more water. Water increases energy, flushes toxins and controls metabolism to help lose weight. 10-20 minute run/sprint every day.

Check out this workout I found to help me lose weight recommended by Dr Oz. Anyone joining me let me know.

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