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May 26, 2011 10:42 AM
I know you can't target fat loss in a certain area, but it's getting really silly now how the one place I want to lose fat NEVER loses it. I do cardio everyday, I eat really well, I seem to be losing weight, but my stomach is still just pure fat. I tried ab workouts in the past but if anything that made it worse. I don't know why I lose weight on my arms and legs, but never that much on my stomach?

Even during my dark point of starving myself earlier this year, my stomach still didn't appear to be that different.

I don't know what to do anymore. Do you think once my body is done getting rid of all the excess fat in my legs and arms that it'll move onto burning my stomach??

It makes me so self-concious and I cannot understand how 'curvy' girls manage to have 'big' arms and legs but somehow no tummy rolls (JEALOUSLY!), when I'm the complete opposite.

Somebody help?
May 26, 2011 10:44 AM
take measurements and progress pics. i feel the same way, but my stomach is actually shrinking - not nearly as fast as i want it to, of course, but it's happening! stay the course - you'll get there!
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May 26, 2011 10:44 AM
Try to read about and practice weight lifting. Cardio can only do so much for our bodies, weight lifting is where the shaping really comes in. Rent a book or do some internet research on what size weights, what amount of reps, and what exercises are right for you as a beginner. You can even use your own body weight as a start if you cannot afford to purchase new equipment.

Keep eating well and losing the extra weight. Do overall body work, not just on your belly, and your body will decide when it is time to shape up that middle. I know it is a long hard battle, but keep at it and you WILL see the results you are looking for.
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May 26, 2011 10:46 AM
What sarah said, weights
May 26, 2011 10:46 AM
I know you said you eat well but to lose belly fat it has to be extremely meticulous! Competely clean wholesome food! And tons of water more than the reccomended 8 glasses/day. Good Luck!
May 26, 2011 10:46 AM
I feel the same way, I seem to lose weight in my face, chest, arms, waist, but never in my hips. I have been taking measurements and the hip numbers have changed but ever so slightly. I think it will be the last thing to go, your body needs to adjust to the weight loss. Good Luck keep at it!
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May 26, 2011 10:46 AM
Cut down on your carbs and add strength training like was mentioned. I find that when my hubby and I eat too many carbs, we bloat back up and lose our abs. Make sure you are drinking enough water and tracking your sodium too.
May 26, 2011 10:47 AM
I have the same problem, but I think it is due to being post menopausal. That darn roll is welded in place. LOL
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May 26, 2011 10:47 AM
hi.. I tend to feel the same way. For all my adult like I've had a problem with my middle section (tummy, stomach, pooch).. Having had a baby 2 and a half years ago by C-section also made it a lot worse. I am hoping and praying for this thing to go away... hope it does for you too!!
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May 26, 2011 10:48 AM
Exercising is great - keep up the good work. To see maximum results for the stomach, try eating vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, or cauliflower, which will help your digestive system in a big way. You may have food in your large intestine that is just sitting there that needs to be excreted. I had the same issue you note, and read an article about effective foods to eat to reduce belly fat and doing this has definitely aided my tummy loss. Drink plenty of water as well.
May 26, 2011 10:48 AM
I see you're a Pescetarian, I would bet you get a lot of your calories from carbs, I've heard carbs will give you belly fat. You might try adding some lean protein and cut back on the carbs.
May 26, 2011 10:50 AM
I agree with Sarah, weight lifting will help you burn fat all over and add definition to your arms and legs so you'll feel more proportionate. Try eating more lean protein and cutting back on processed foods and sodium, which make you bloated. Also, the best core exercise for tightening your middle is planking. (crunches don't really work)

Hope that helps!

Kerri
May 26, 2011 10:54 AM
I get what you mean about the ab workouts and even when I was in my best shape I always had a tummy, even though I did abs all the time. I recently read an article in Fitness Magazine about how a lot of women are doing the wrong ab workouts and crunches really don't do that much for you. The author was having trouble losing her baby stomach even though she did crunches all of the time.

Here's the article if you'd like to read it:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs/exercises/lose-belly-fat-get-flat-abs/

It contains a link to an ab workout that's supposed to really work and the author said she's noticed a difference:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs/exercises/waist-slimming-ab-workout/

I've tried this workout and some of it is really hard, but I can feel a difference, at least in the muscles it targets.

Hope that helps!
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May 26, 2011 10:59 AM
QUOTE:

Cut down on your carbs and add strength training like was mentioned. I find that when my hubby and I eat too many carbs, we bloat back up and lose our abs. Make sure you are drinking enough water and tracking your sodium too.


totally agree !! I cut out all processed carbs and added sugar and limited my dairy - upped my fiber and veggies and my "pooch" is starting to shrink. :) that and I do strength train 3x wk.

good luck.
May 26, 2011 11:13 AM
Thank you everyone, i'll just have to keep at it. I'm a fairly clean eater anyway, with the occasional treat. I do think carbs have a lot to do with it, but that's the main energy source I have. I'll try to add more protein and up dairy a little, but I'm pretty stuck on the carb front (I LOVE bread)
May 26, 2011 11:16 AM
I'm having the same problem but I agree with her about taking before and after pics and I also measure too. I am losing I just don't feel or look to myself like I am. Maybe it's the same thing with you? Keep doing what you're doing tho and I'm sure you'll see results soon! Good Luck smile
May 26, 2011 11:17 AM
Don't forget the weights.
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May 26, 2011 11:25 AM
I've been reading about an OLD video and have ordered it. It uses a type of exercise called Callanetics named after Callan Pinckney. It's supposed to do wonders for the midsection. As I am an apple and have never in my life had a flat tummy I am willing to try this and Core Fusion and Tracy Anderson - all in the name of a trim tummy.
May 26, 2011 11:52 AM
"hi.. I tend to feel the same way. For all my adult like I've had a problem with my middle section (tummy, stomach, pooch).. Having had a baby 2 and a half years ago by C-section also made it a lot worse. I am hoping and praying for this thing to go away... hope it does for you too!! "

I'm in the same boat as you, here. Had a child at 37, with a c-section. I'm wondering if, after all my weight loss, I'll have lose skin or fat where I had the surgery. Yuck! I just want this dang muffin-top to go away :)
May 26, 2011 11:59 AM
I'm the same ... my tummy is always a bit tubby! My miracle cure is pilates :-) Buy yourself a home dvd and in a month or so you'll notice a difference. Do take photos though - it's hard seeing progress in the mirror!xx
May 26, 2011 12:24 PM
I started MFP and going to the gym just because of my stomach, so made REALLY clear to my personal trainer that this was what I wanted.

She gave me an "abs set" workout which uses 5 different types of ab workouts (all floor-based and without weights) and has to be done religiously every time you exercise. She said that sometimes people just concentrate on crunches and this doesn't tone the whole area, so you should make sure you are doing the lower stomach and the sides as well. It has really worked out for me. Perhaps mixing up your abs exercises would help you out, along with the other great tips above?

(I know what you mean about carbs... they are my problem area too. I see you eat fish, so maybe you could increase your protein intake and dial carbs down a little, with lots and lots of veggies to feel fuller?)

Good luck!
May 26, 2011 12:32 PM
QUOTE:

Thank you everyone, i'll just have to keep at it. I'm a fairly clean eater anyway, with the occasional treat. I do think carbs have a lot to do with it, but that's the main energy source I have. I'll try to add more protein and up dairy a little, but I'm pretty stuck on the carb front (I LOVE bread)


I hear ya! Carbs are my downfall, it's taken me awhile to wean myself down to keeping it under 100 gr a day but ever since I have done that I feel tons better, more energy less tummy trouble and my tummy is shrinking! The carbs I do eat come only from fruits and veggies. It hard to resist breads etc but when I cave in I pay for it!
May 26, 2011 12:39 PM
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May 26, 2011 12:42 PM
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May 26, 2011 12:46 PM
I read an article about this a while back. Make sure you're doing a significant amount of Leg weights - do squats or lunges (and all that other aweful stuff that I hate doing...ugh!). Still do the ab workouts, but a combination of those things plus cardio should help :)
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