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March 9, 2011 8:25 PM
i got it too, had 3 c-section...ive been working on it..it went down alot but i think the pouch is staying unless you want to get surgery i might consider it one day since ive already have a scar there due to the c-section but if you dont have the c-section scar i wouldnt consider it cuz it sucks to have a scar like that and also make sure ur done with having babies before getting surgery if its something u would consider cuz then it would be pointless cuz it most likely be back...but i walk/jog everyday for an hour and also do some strengh trainning and it went down so maybe you will be happy with just that, but planks are for sure good plus they strenghing ur lower back also so thats a bonus
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March 9, 2011 8:53 PM
The 'pooch' is a genic 'defect' in my family. No matter how thin you are it is still there. Lol. My daughter worked at the YMCA so she could work out free and also had a personal trainer. She is tall and fitness model thin. Everyone she asked about her pooch said you need to go on a very low carb diet to get rid of it! She did and it was gone!! I have read similar things. Unless it is a pooch from having kids, gaining lots of weight, c-section, hysterectomy. That is mostly stretched skin and cut/weak muscles. Typically that takes surgery. As for your lower back issues: work your CORE and walk. I know it sounds crazy - but I was in a bad accident and my PT has had me doing crunches, reverse crunches, the plank, etc, from day one. The more you move the better you will feel! Good luck! :)
Edited by notwCherri On March 9, 2011 8:54 PM
March 9, 2011 8:59 PM
I think Pilates might help that area. You use a lot of core muscles. As others have said though I think it is just the way some women our built. I was thin and still had one.
March 9, 2011 11:14 PM
My Mom had her pooch after I was born for over twenty years. The only way that she finally got rid of it was by completely eliminating sugar from her diet. She exercised, did abs, ate healthy, etc. but cutting out sugar was what did the trick.
March 9, 2011 11:24 PM
Crunches may be old school but they are effective. Butterfly kicks and reverse crunches are awesome as well!

I'm a mom of 3 (all c-sections). My youngest is 9 months :)
March 10, 2011 1:55 AM
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I think Pilates might help that area. You use a lot of core muscles. As others have said though I think it is just the way some women our built. I was thin and still had one.


Pilates definitely helped me get a LOT flatter on the tummy area, but I don't think it'll ever go completely.

My recommendation is Spanx
March 10, 2011 2:01 AM
lol lol lol I just googled the term and its kinda funny! How have I not heard it before???
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March 10, 2011 2:47 AM
laugh

Seriously though, they're brilliant, and not even unconfortable (just getting them on takes a bit of work). Great for a night out in that slinky dress...
March 10, 2011 2:53 AM
I have had 2 c-sections and my doctor told me that you will never get rid of it because all of your muscles were cut. She told me that you could get it to be smaller but it will always be there. Your muscles have been torn and cut, so they do not have the elasticity and norm that the rest have.

As far as the FUPA, my problem now that I am over 40 is the pouch above the belly button!
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March 10, 2011 3:04 AM
I have one from 2 c-sections as well. When i lost the weight after the babies, it went down a little, and as soon as i gained weight it's back worse than ever before! It's so NOT cute right?! I agree with the post above about surgery removing it and trust me, if i ever got any type of plastic surgery- that would be it!!! (altho, i seriousely doubt i ever will...lol)
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March 10, 2011 6:26 AM
hey i found this artical about the pouch here it is

MYTH: Performing countless abdominal crunches thinking it will get rid of the “pooch” area on the lower tummy/abdominal area.
I get a question related to this issue approximately 20 times per week. It is not possible to spot reduce any area of the body. The real solution is to reduce overall body fat through a slight caloric deficit, add resistance exercise (weight training) to stimulate the metabolism, and cardiovascular exercise to burn additional calories. That’s the way to fat loss.

Performing crunches will never reduce the abdominal area because it only serves to strengthen muscle, not flatten a specific area. Just as 200 bicep curls will not make the arm smaller, nor will 200 abdominal crunches make the waist smaller. You cannot spot reduce any part of the body. It’s just not physiologically possible
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March 10, 2011 6:33 AM
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I love the Shred, I've been doing this as well but not everyday. It's too hard on my knees. I just ordered her new Ripped in 30 days. Looking forward to starting that next week.


I just started the Ripped in 30 the other day. its Awesome!! and boy am i sore today!
I had never used weights in my work out before and ive been doing it with 5lbs weights my arms hate me today
Edited by maurita17 On March 10, 2011 6:35 AM
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March 10, 2011 6:34 AM
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I have had 2 c-sections and my doctor told me that you will never get rid of it because all of your muscles were cut. She told me that you could get it to be smaller but it will always be there. Your muscles have been torn and cut, so they do not have the elasticity and norm that the rest have.

As far as the FUPA, my problem now that I am over 40 is the pouch above the belly button!


That helps explain mine then. At one point I was very thin and it was smaller but definitely there so I couldn't wear a bikini. Al the muscles have been cut there due to a surgery. Never thought of that affecting the area before..No wonder the surgeon said he wouldn't do liposuction, he'd just remove it. As I said before it didn't seem like a big enough problem to justify the dangers involved. I like one piece bathing suits just fine.
Edited by Cathy92 On March 10, 2011 6:35 AM
March 10, 2011 6:49 AM
I love the Shred, I've been doing this as well but not everyday. It's too hard on my knees. I just ordered her new Ripped in 30 days. Looking forward to starting that next week.




I started week two of Ripped in 30 yesterday, and it is insane! The girls behind her even have trouble with some moves, which actually makes me feel better, and I really feel like i'm getting a kicka$$ workout! I love the meal plan also.
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January 16, 2012 1:39 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I figured I'd add my two cents. I do leg lifts. They tone and strengthen the lower abdominals (FUPA, front butt, etc) & are fairly easy. Just lie on the ground, hands at your sides. With your legs touching, lift them only 3-4 inches off the ground. Hold that pose for as long as you can - start with 15 seconds, work up to 30. Do about 10 reps, or more if you don't feel challenged enough. After each rep, tuck your knees into your chest to stretch your back. Then you can really test yourself with alternating leg lifts. Lift both legs and try lifting one slightly higher than the other, and switch. Also, lift your legs and move them up and down without touching the floor or bending your knees for 15-30 seconds. You'll see that they're not as easy as they sound, but are really helpful. Good luck ;)
January 16, 2012 1:43 PM
This is quite interesting, this is the first "blog" I have read on here and it is about the same kind of problem I will have, I am sure, since I have had 3 c-sections. Lower abs problems are going to be a problem foe me as well because I have always had a lower ab problem. Can't wait to see what the "cure" is.
Edited by pandagirl36 On January 16, 2012 1:44 PM
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January 16, 2012 1:45 PM
I would suggest getting jillian's 6 week 6 pack video... She says straight up that you can't loose belly fat without some cardio intervals integrated into your workout. You can do crunches which work out your abs but you're still gonna have that layer of fat over them. It's a tough workout but only for 30 minutes. You can get it for free (if you know how look for it).

Also, for a slight lower back problem, if you do pilates for abs, you can fold a pillow and put it under your butt and do the exercises. Or you can buy one of those cylinder pilates things and put it under your butt while you do them.

Also again, I can't believe that many people didn't know what a FUPA is.
Edited by rgirl23 On January 16, 2012 1:47 PM
January 16, 2012 1:50 PM
My personal trainer says that belly fat is worked off in the kitchen and not the gym. There are foods to help fight belly fat, such as lean turkey, avocado, and eggs. There is probably an article somewhere that tells you exactly what foods to eat for that.

I do know that cutting carbs is a big deal when trying to lose belly fat, even good ones. No alcohol, period.

Pilates are EXCELLENT for the abdominals and I suggest them to everyone for many reasons. They also help with the back as well as flexibility.
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January 16, 2012 1:56 PM
Reverse chrunches i would put a small blanket under your lower back and i got my hubby to cut a broom handle the length that fits behind my knees and use that to pull my legs into my belly.Iwould not do very many the first time then work your way up to 20x 2sets it worked for me i hve lost 5 inches off my belly good luck!
January 16, 2012 1:59 PM
QUOTE:

My personal trainer says that belly fat is worked off in the kitchen and not the gym. There are foods to help fight belly fat, such as lean turkey, avocado, and eggs. There is probably an article somewhere that tells you exactly what foods to eat for that.

I do know that cutting carbs is a big deal when trying to lose belly fat, even good ones. No alcohol, period.

Pilates are EXCELLENT for the abdominals and I suggest them to everyone for many reasons. They also help with the back as well as flexibility.

Adding to that, alcohol is a big no-no. That's what hurt me since going to college. After wrestling 2 years ago, I was a healthy 185. All I did was workout, but on weekends, I ate poor food and drank the brewskis. Summer I went on high "true" protein diet, limited alcohol and I got to 210. Kitchen has a BIG impact on abs. Gotta watch what you eat and drink (soda, alcohol). Eating late also hurts. Majority of sumo wrestlers are very healthy. They just eat a lot of healthy foods at night, but the weight adds up. Good lower ab workout is a reverse situp. Also, I say do this with extremely light weight and don't go for the time goal if you are not very physically active or just starting out, the 300 workout is a great fat burner. There are various "300" workouts out there, so if you find one, they're all great.
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December 24, 2012 4:56 AM
the fupa is the bane of my existence. it's godawful and when i look down and see it, i want to cut it out with a jigsaw.

the only solution is to lose weight and hope your body doesn't like to hold fat there
December 24, 2012 5:02 AM
I realize that I wasn't very helpful.

blogilates on youtube has videos that are fantastic. short and sweet pilates videos and other fun workouts like cardio, to good songs.

for those who like the hunger games, there's a hunger games workout.
December 24, 2012 5:07 AM
i find that the more i work out my legs, the more my man FUPA disappears.
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December 24, 2012 5:10 AM
I've got 2 kids 22 months apart, the youngest is 19 months now. They were both overdue (10 days and 12 days, my 1st 7lbs 13 and my 2nd 8lbs 10) but I had natural births.

I've still got that lower belly flabby bit but it's got a lot smaller. I've got a personal trainer so he's helping. I do a lot of abs work, crunches, planks etc. I'm hoping it'll eventually get really small or disappear.
December 24, 2012 5:18 AM
Jillian Michaels 30 DS and other workouts are free on Youtube! There is a commercial first for a few seconds!smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pc-NizMgg8
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