A common concern among new mothers is how to get rid of their jelly bellies and regain flatter, more toned stomachs. For some women, re-strengthening their core seems an easy task, but for most it is an uphill battle that takes many months, even... Read more
You've probably heard most of the hyperbole on abs flattening—from how often you should train to how many reps you have to do. Here, our experts help separate abs facts from fiction.
MYTH Strength-training exercises like crunches will... Read more
Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work... Read more
Ever notice how some people can have big bellies but lean legs, or how women tend to store most of their fat in their thighs, hips, and butt? These are examples of fat distribution, which refers to where your body typically stores the fat, no matter... Read more
Most of us give little thought to our stomachs, or any of our internal organs for that matter. We focus primarily on the muscles and bones, rarely paying attention to our organs until they cause pain or discomfort. People suffering from heartburn (GE... Read more
Hi, I am looking forward to sharing my weight loss journey with you. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, but it is going to be hard. I gave birth to my son 1.5 years ago and I have some stubborn pregnancy belly to get rid of. I only want to lose 10... Read more
Hello my name is Janet and I'm fat and I need a place to start. I'm 63 and not happy with myself. Back in '77 I had one of the 1st gastic bypass surgery's weighing in at 350lbs. I lost 100lbs the first year. I became an exercise aholic to keep the lb... Read more
Hi! I just joined this site in hopes of losing weight. I'm tired of people looking and me and my twin sister and comparing us. I'm embarrassed when people tell us that we don't look a like and I have to tell them that she weighs 90 pounds less than m... Read more
Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I... Read more
Dr Hyman Says, Skip the sugar in all of its forms. Especially liquid calories from any source (soda, juice, alcohol) all of which store belly fat. Get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet, it is especially good at laying down belly fat.Ditch the... Read more
Editor's Note: Cathy Cram, M.S., is the resident maternal fitness expert on our sister site, BabyFit.com. She writes a monthly series on menopause health and fitness.
By Cathy Cram, M.S.
One of the first changes many postmenopausal women not... Read more
SparkPeople member BUTTERFLIY recently asked a very common fitness question: "I have a lot of weight under my belly button! How and what can I do to work the lower part of my belly?"This is a very common complaint for women. We naturally hold a littl... Read more
Another Spark is a book by Dr John Ratey & Eric Hagerman and is a must read for anyone interested in the benefits of exercise for long-term health, wealth and happiness.
I was introduced to this book by the director of London Youth Rowing when... Read more
It's one of our first scars in life. Everyone has one (except Alfred Hitchcock, but I guess he had some kind of surgery...?).
Have you ever really looked at your belly button? I don't look at mine too much - and I never ever show it off, partly... Read more
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