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June 30, 2011 10:02 AM
I'm 5'0 and used to weigh 126 lbs, I've been eating a healthier diet and doing 60-65 mins of interval jogging 5 days a week for a little over a month now. I am now 118 lbs now but I can't seem to get rid of my belly fat and tone the stomach area? So because of this I still feel like I'm not reaching my goal since my overall goal is to flatten my stomach & no longer simply to "loose weight." I tell family and friends that I may need to be less than 110 lbs to trim the midsection, but they are telling me I shouldn't loose anymore weight. I have lost a couple inches around the waist area and I do the P-90 ab ripper workouts to tone my stomach but I still have a small pudge around my stomach area that just won't go away. Any tips or advice? Is it my diet/nutrition or do I just need to give my work outs more time?

My diet consists mainly of fruits, granola bars, water, hard-boiled eggs, turkey, roasted or grilled chicken breasts, salads, 100% whole wheat pasta whenever I have "eat-free cheat days." Whenever I allow myself any carbs I make sure its whole wheat and at least "healthy carbs." If I have any rice at all, I eat about a cup or less and try to eat brown rice instead. I've replaced a lot of my red meat consumption with either chicken breasts or lean turkey meat.
June 30, 2011 10:09 AM
The belly is usually the last thing to go you need to try some reverse crunches, and sit ups.
June 30, 2011 10:10 AM
I saw an episode on the Doctors with a girl with you similar problem. The Dr. told her that though cardio is great if you want to lose the belly weight you have to do Strength training. Try it! The Doctors can't be wrong.
June 30, 2011 10:11 AM
I'd just say that you cannot target a specific area for fat loss. Situps until your back breaks won't help you loose belly fat any faster than squats would.

Try some strength training mixed in to build up muscles and see if that doesn't help the belly fat go . :)
June 30, 2011 10:12 AM
Fat can't be burned from specific areas, it is just general. Sadly the belly is usually one of the larger fat stores so tends to be the last place you get rid of it. You can tone muscles by working specific groups though so continuing with good cardio to burn fat and doing crunches, plank or any other tummy workout will help build the muscle up
June 30, 2011 10:12 AM
Toning doesn't really start to show until you drop your body fat percentage. Focus more on lifting weights instead of as much on just cardio. Do some reading up about cutting fat. If your body stores it in your stomach you need to reduce the total amount of fat. No amount of sit-ups will compensate for stored fat. I'm the same way with my thighs... I squat, lunge, run, and still it sticks. Sometimes mother nature is a ***** like that.
June 30, 2011 10:12 AM
i am in the same boat,but I weigh more.

I'm 5'1" and 133 currently.

Belly hasn't budged.... cry
June 30, 2011 10:13 AM
I know a good plastic surgeon
June 30, 2011 10:13 AM

I still have a small pudge around my stomach area

This is fat. You lose it the same way you lose the rest of the fat, with a caloric deficit. You can create that deficit with diet, exercise, or both, but that is the bottom line.
June 30, 2011 10:13 AM
I would say keep up what your doing....maybe change up your ab dvd's
June 30, 2011 10:13 AM
I am with you. I have met my goal weight and then some, but still have the baby belly pooch. I am giving myself time to really work it off. One month might not be enough for you. I am doing ab exercises and running. I do see some improvement and almost see the beginning of a "six pack", but I have a lot of work to do for my lower abs. I think it just takes time.
June 30, 2011 10:13 AM
Hi, You're not alone in feeling like this and your family's comments are coming from people who don't understand that there is a such thing as "skinny-fat"; I think this is a concept that most people don't understand - especially those who are overweight and would just like to be skinny something :-).

When I first reached my weight "loss" goal I became very discouraged because of the same thing, I was TINY but NOT toned at all. I got discouraged and gained some back.... then I started doing TONS of research and learned what I need to do. Now, eventhough I'm still shedding pounds, I'm toning more than ever and it's incredible what high protein diet and trading hours of cardio for a combo of cardio and weight lifting will do to the body.

Try doing some research on - if you decide you want to build a profile you can find me... my username is pauterson.

Keep in mind, IF you're only doing cardio you probably need to do some weight training and you may need to increase your protein and lower your carbs. Don't worry, you won't "BULK UP".

You'll find something that works for you... good luck. :-)
June 30, 2011 10:14 AM
Watch your sugar. That accumulates directly in the stomach...Even natural sources of sugar like fruit. I try to limit my sugar to 25 g a day and have it consumed mostly before 2 pm.
June 30, 2011 10:15 AM
You need to strength train. If you have consistently done that much cardio and no strength training then much of your weight loss has likely been muscle loss. You need to worry about your body fat percentage, not your scale weight.
June 30, 2011 10:15 AM
That is my trouble area as well, especially after giving birth! It is getting smaller and firmer slowly but surely. Like others said, the tummy is the alst to go and we can't pick and choose where the fat comes off. Stick with the cardio, reverse crunches, twist situps, plank twists, get soem dvds for ab workouts maybe. I do 30 Day Shred, Zumba classes, and jog on our eliptical machine. It's all working coupled with eating healthier. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!
June 30, 2011 10:15 AM
Brunches don't flatten the stomach. Plank and yoga does.
June 30, 2011 10:16 AM
Are you doing any strength training? That will help tone up!
June 30, 2011 10:17 AM
If you have had kids sometimes the muscles are just stretched beyond normal exercise repair. A friend of mine had a full body lift because she couldn't get rid of the pooch no mater what she tried. She also went through a double mastectomy and she said the full body lift was MUCH MUCH more painful. She tried everything too and is now certified to teah Zumba and spin and hip hop dance class, so she is really in shape.

She has her waist back now though and a huge scar from side to side to go with it.

Basically they cut you in 1/2 and sew up the muscles and then lift and cut away loose skin and then sew you up outside too.

I say no thanks...I don't look any better than her in a body has chubb and hers is a mess of scars. 6 of 1 1/2 dozen of another it's not worth that to me!

June 30, 2011 10:19 AM
Cut out white carbs, my mom cut out white carbs and has a 6 pack now! along with eating well and exercising, i say cut out white carbs
June 30, 2011 10:21 AM
All of these are good suggestion (except maybe the plastic surgery one), I just wanted to comment to remind you to do back exercises if you are doing ab exercises. If you don’t balance your workout you’ll be off balance, the last thing you need at 5’0 is to be slouching because you overworked your abs but not your back, and although it won’t slim down your tummy perse, it’ll help you stand taller which gives off the illusion of a slimmer figure.
Best of luck!
June 30, 2011 10:22 AM
Do more strength/weight training vs only doing cardio. You can't just work out a specific area, if it was that easy everyone would be doing it! If you have thep90x program, try the core synergistic dvd. That dvd is insane!
June 30, 2011 10:22 AM
I have struggled with this as well. I didn't have that much to lose to begin with, and I've been going strong for 6 months and still don't have a flat belly. I've definitely seen a lot more progress since I began strength training, though. My workouts now revolve around lifting weights rather than running or doing other cardio. That has helped a lot! But another big part of it is nutrition. I've struggled with cutting out sugar and sweets, but I bet if I did it would really help!
June 30, 2011 10:26 AM
For the women that think the is no way to recover your abs from pregnancy. This is a success story of a husband and wife that used the StrongLifts program.

“My wife was so impressed with the results we started her on the program. After 4 babies and stubborn extra weight, she was desperate for fat loss and firmness. Her belly muscles, when pregnant, really got pulled apart and doctors had told her that there was nothing she could do to pull them back in and rehab her lower gut. We started training together and she has lost 15 pounds, transferred countless more pounds from fat to muscle, down-sized clothing three times, and shows leg muscles of an olympic champion. She’s proud of herself and I am very proud of her.”

Full article here:
June 30, 2011 10:32 AM
I agree with those that are suggesting you add some strength training into your workouts and also those who are saying that you cannot spot reduce. That bulge (which I also have and hate!) will only go away by overall body fat reduction. The belly is the last place is goes from ... sadly. Basically it disappears from head to toe and toe to head, but at the same time, so the mid-section is the last to lose. Dang it!

If you add strength training, consider doing it prior to your cardio for three reasons: 1) doing the strength training will burn glycogen stores first and unwanted fat 2nd (while doing cardio). 2) you will be more apt to do the weight moves properly doing them first, with non-fatigued muscles. Doing them improperly won't do what you are looking for and you are more apt to injur yourself. 3) When you do cardio, your body continues to burn calories after you have stopped ... for a couple of hours. When you do strength training, your body continues to burn colories for several hours. When you do strength before cardio ... it conitnues to burn calories upwards of half a day or more. Lean muscle also burns calories faster and more efficiently, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even while not 'working out' :)
June 30, 2011 10:38 AM
Is it bloat or fat? If it is bloat, perhaps you have a bit of a dairy or gluten allergy. You can try probiotics or cutting these things out of your diet and see if it helps. I find that I am bloated when I eat gluten products or beans.


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