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May 29, 2012 6:36 AM
I currently have started to go to the gym and never know what machines are actually better to fight the stomach fat with?

I have a horrid amount of stomach to get rid of (I'm an apple shape) but when at the gym I seem to work on my arms and legs and not really have a clue at what to do to get rid of my trouble area.

Does anyone have a suggest what machines (UK ones) are the best for losing inches off your stomach?

Many thanks :)
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May 29, 2012 6:38 AM
Reducing stomach fat will involve creating a calorie deficit to cause weight loss from the entire body.

The machine you choose to use to burn calories is irrelevant.


Now, lifting weights will help OVERALL, and you can do core training for functional/strength purposes, but none of that will help reduce belly fat outside of how it helps you create a deficit.
May 29, 2012 6:39 AM
Treadmill.
May 29, 2012 6:39 AM
The treadmill!!! One of the most effective ways to get rid of the tummy is to blast it with cardio. Start walking/jogging/running, whatever you like. What's cool is that as you add that to heavy strength training, you'll notice inches disappearing!

Personally, I HATE running but I really have fun using a jump rope (bonus - helps build nice legs!)

And remember, abs are made in the kitchen!
May 29, 2012 6:40 AM
Should have said I am currently following around 1200 calories dependent of what exercise I do that day.

I have no clue about exercise and much appreciate any comments possible!
  22862075
May 29, 2012 6:41 AM
You cant target fat. You can only target muscle. if you target stomach muscle, you may appear bigger for a short time but as you lose the fat on top of it you will enjoy the results. Your overall effort is what is going to reduce the fat.
May 29, 2012 6:47 AM
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May 29, 2012 6:47 AM
Food Scale...but it's in the Kitchen.
May 29, 2012 6:59 AM
QUOTE:

You cant target fat. You can only target muscle. if you target stomach muscle, you may appear bigger for a short time but as you lose the fat on top of it you will enjoy the results. Your overall effort is what is going to reduce the fat.


That is more or less what I am wanting to do. Most of my weight is based on my stomach and as I am trying to lose weight everywhere I am trying to concentrate the most on trying to tone and sort out the mess I call my stomach!
  22862075
May 29, 2012 6:59 AM
As others have said you can not spot reduce, you can only reduce overall fat and your body will decide where it wants to lose weight from unfortunately.
You do not want to do a bunch of ab exercises, because your stomach may start to look larger. Best exercises to lose overall fat is weight lifting, heavy lifting, such as squats and deadlifts. Look up the stronglifts 5x5 program, there is only 5 different lifts to learn, and you only do 3 lifts each day at the gym. That really blasts fat away, while keeping lean muscle.
The pics on my profile show the difference between my stomach in just 3 months from weight lifting, I hadn't lost any weight from the first to the third, in the last I lost 2lbs.
Edited by kaydensmom12 On May 29, 2012 7:00 AM
May 29, 2012 7:05 AM
QUOTE:

Should have said I am currently following around 1200 calories dependent of what exercise I do that day.

I have no clue about exercise and much appreciate any comments possible!


As other people have said, you mainly have to reduce your overall body fat. Cardio will help. Strength training and moderate body weight ab exercise are part of a general healthy program, but if your lower half carries a lot of fat and you are concerned about looking heavier, I would watch the weight work on your butt and legs.
May 29, 2012 7:18 AM
first and foremost, DIET!!

six packs are made in the kitchen flowerforyou
  10661191
May 29, 2012 7:34 AM
QUOTE:

first and foremost, DIET!!

six packs are made in the kitchen flowerforyou


I have cut out all the bad from my diet which is a start. I do love my Kitchen so I shall hopefully start spending more time in there soon!
  22862075
May 29, 2012 12:13 PM
I would love to lose my belly fat too. The rest of my body is actually fairly toned! Just my butt and belly. My thighs need some work but I am not so concerned with them. I wish my butt and belly would just shrink already! I feel like no matter what I do I don't see change there at all.

Does lifting ANY weights help with your belly? All these people keep saying weight lifting and losing overall, but I feel like lifting with your arms and legs would ONLY help your arms and legs (mostly that is). There has got to be something we can do to focus on these areas!
  187542
May 29, 2012 12:15 PM
abs are made in the kitchen!

and 1200 calories? thats nothing!
May 29, 2012 12:16 PM
Lots and lots of cardio.
May 29, 2012 12:18 PM
diet is what gets rid of fat, if you want to work on "toning" I would suggest lifting heavy and doing compound exercises (squats, deadlifts)

those exercises use the most muscles (including your core) and therefore burn the most calories

but most of all, you can use every machine in there and work out to heart's content, but if your diet sucks, the fat will remain.
Edited by mes1119 On May 29, 2012 12:19 PM
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May 29, 2012 12:18 PM
QUOTE:

Should have said I am currently following around 1200 calories dependent of what exercise I do that day.

I have no clue about exercise and much appreciate any comments possible!


Cardio is great for boosting your calorie deficit, which helps you lose fat overall. Strength training, when done properly, will help you build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently you will burn calories. Also, building muscle helps tighten and lift things a bit. So, doing core work like crunches and such will help tighten your tummy, thereby making it appear smaller. smile

Disclaimer: I'm not a fitness pro. I'm just speaking from personal experience. Hope it helps.
May 29, 2012 12:19 PM
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I would love to lose my belly fat too. The rest of my body is actually fairly toned! Just my butt and belly. My thighs need some work but I am not so concerned with them. I wish my butt and belly would just shrink already! I feel like no matter what I do I don't see change there at all.

Does lifting ANY weights help with your belly? All these people keep saying weight lifting and losing overall, but I feel like lifting with your arms and legs would ONLY help your arms and legs (mostly that is). There has got to be something we can do to focus on these areas!


No, sorry. This is a huge misconception that a lot of people need to be disabused of.

You CANNOT spot subtract, only add.

By that, I mean you can focus on where you build muscle, but you cannot tell your body where to burn fat, and different body types burn different reserves of fat at different rates. For people like me, it's the belly that goes last. I do planks, squats, situps, leg lifts, elliptical, freeweights, cycling, treadmill, and everything I can do to maintain a good cardio/weight mix to burn off calories and tone muscle.

My arms are not muscular, but there's no visible fat. My face is slim now. My legs are well-muscled from cycling a lot. But, while I can feel good muscles in my abdomen, there's still a belly there and will be until my overall body fat percentage drops into a level where my body gets rid of the belly fat, which it will do when it damned well pleases and there's nothing I can do to focus any effort in fat loss there.

But the actual surface fat that is covering all that muscle just needs to be burned off as part of burning off excess fat. Once your body fat percentage gets into the proper range, the tum-tum will melt away and reveal the hard work you've put into muscle underneath, and the result will be beautiful.

Work out to burn fat, AND to build beautiful muscle underneath. Eat at a modest deficit to bring your body fat percentage down and unveil the new muscle.
Edited by myfitnessnmhoy On May 29, 2012 12:22 PM
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May 29, 2012 12:20 PM
A calorie deficit is great for reducing body fat!




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May 29, 2012 12:21 PM
"You do not want to do a bunch of ab exercises, because your stomach may start to look larger."

I must respectfully disagree with this. Although it is true that the layers of fat might hide the abs, there are numerous benefits to having a stronger core.
May 29, 2012 12:21 PM
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May 29, 2012 12:24 PM
I agree with everyone that has been saying treadmill- but I find short bursts of sprinting help the most = sprint for about a minute, cool down for a minute and repeat for 20+ minutes total. Explosive moves will burn the most fat so if you're feeling extra ambitious, throw a minute of jumping jacks or burpees throughout the above mentioned routine. When off the treadmill, focus on your posture and keeping your core hard and engaged and random planks when you're watching TV never hurt either. I've been working on all that I mentioned for about 2 weeks (when I realized too late that I needed to be wearing a 2 piece quite soon ahaha) and I have noticed a difference. Good luck!!
May 29, 2012 12:25 PM
QUOTE:

I would love to lose my belly fat too. The rest of my body is actually fairly toned! Just my butt and belly. My thighs need some work but I am not so concerned with them. I wish my butt and belly would just shrink already! I feel like no matter what I do I don't see change there at all.

Does lifting ANY weights help with your belly? All these people keep saying weight lifting and losing overall, but I feel like lifting with your arms and legs would ONLY help your arms and legs (mostly that is). There has got to be something we can do to focus on these areas!


When lifting weights, you should always keep your core muscles engaged to maintain proper form. This in itself will work your abs. However, I highly recommend implementing core exercises with a swiss ball at the end of your cardio routine. Follow this link to get some ideas:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=abdominal+exercises+for+swiss+ball+images&qpvt=abdominal+exercises+for+swiss+ball+images&FORM=IGRE
May 29, 2012 12:25 PM
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"You do not want to do a bunch of ab exercises, because your stomach may start to look larger."

I must respectfully disagree with this. Although it is true that the layers of fat might hide the abs, there are numerous benefits to having a stronger core.


Absolutely.

Plus, since muscle is denser than fat, it's NOT going to add any significant girth there to have some reasonable muscle built up. And that muscle will burn calories along with all the other muscle, so it increases the rate at which you can lose the fat.

Then, when the fat starts melting away from the tummy, you get just a little bit of muscle definition along with a tighter, trimmer midsection. And a body that can do more things because when the core is strong, the body is strong.
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