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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/14/13 2:38 P

BARBANNA you have advised certain moves. Have you read the other posts in this thread? Do you have any comment on the concept of not being able to spot reduce fat? You have suggested something not in line with what others say, which is absolutely fine, but if you want people to believe your (contradictory to others') advice, it's great to back that up.

WHY do you believe that crunches, scissors, planks and leg lifts (with cardio) will reduce belly fat when many people say that's impossible? On what basis is this recommendation offered? Why do you think so many others are wrong?

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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (105,801)
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3/14/13 2:34 P

Lots of cardio is best to expose the abdominal muscles. Do crunches, scissors, planks and leg lifts.

LEOPARDSPOTS1 SparkPoints: (608)
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3/14/13 1:48 P

I don't think you need another person to tell you that you can't spot reduce lol ;) but a good place to start burning belly fat along with the rest of the fat in your body would be cardio on a regular basis. It would also help to mix in some interval training here and there. Everyone is different when it comes to losing fat. One person could lose 20 pounds and have smaller thighs, while another 20 pound loss results in a person to have a smaller waist, but who knows maybe your the type of person who will lose belly fat first. Good Luck.

Also, your daily workout that you mentioned sounds like you are already actively exercising which is great, what you are eating will ultimately help you the most with weight loss.

Edited by: LEOPARDSPOTS1 at: 3/14/2013 (13:51)
CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (74,812)
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3/14/13 8:40 A

Sweetness, Spark has a really great 28 day bootcamp program. It will give you a 10 minute exercise video to do every day. Most of them are strength training that you can do with dumbells. Click on Community then Challenge Central to find the various bootcamp programs available.

JENSTRESS Posts: 1,175
3/14/13 8:28 A

Sweetness, I highly recommend yoga. The reason I love it is because it uses your own body weight as resistance training/weight training. Especially when you're getting started, it is a fun way to do it!

ANGUSSANDY SparkPoints: (158,514)
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3/14/13 6:50 A

all great advice

SWEETNESS_77 Posts: 16
3/14/13 6:30 A

WOW! I'm please to see the amount of responses, I love it! I appreciate all the feed back and it seems to be the majority of you feel I just need to keep on with what I'm doing it! I have to admit I love the food tracker in the morning I can put in my breakfast and what I plan on eating for lunch and it gives me the amount I have left over so it helps me plan supper. I am currently doing 20 mins a day of cardio I don10 mins each on the elliptical and the stationary bike. So it seems the only thin I might want to do is add 10 mins of some reps with maybe my dumbbells like lunges or something, this I can work on I might even do a few mins with a form of boxing or break it up. Hmmm does anyone have suggestion on maybe a workout here on spark to fill in 10 mins with some type of strength training?

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/12/13 7:17 P

CARTOON3 you have advised crunches. Have you read the other posts in this thread? Do you have any comment on the concept of not being able to spot reduce fat? You have suggested something not in line with what others say, which is absolutely fine, but if you want people to believe your (contradictory to others') advice, it's great to back that up.

WHY do you believe that crunches will reduce belly fat when many people say that's impossible? On what basis is this recommendation offered? Why do you think so many others are wrong?

Would love to engage more...

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (56,767)
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3/12/13 6:33 P

Crunches won't reduce belly fat. :) You can do them until you fall over, and it won't burn a bit of belly fat.

CARTOON3 Posts: 1,472
3/12/13 4:56 P

crunches,crunches and more crunches.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (56,767)
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3/12/13 12:33 P

Actually, HILLYLILLY, eating a piece of cake doesn't replace your lost calories. :)

THat's because the bulk of the calories you burn actually come from non-exercise activities, like living!

A piece of cake isn't exactly the wisest choice after a workout, and yes, many people reward themselves after a workout with food (going over their calories for the day as a result) but the problem isn't so much an individual piece of food, as it is the overall count at the end of the day.

The beautiful thing about Sparkpeople is everything is allowed in moderation. Even a piece of cake. :) The 80/20 rule is good for most people. Perfection need not apply!

VSPLASH SparkPoints: (9,397)
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3/12/13 11:02 A

I did the same thing. Walking and a well balanced eating plan. The bulge is not completely down but I can tell it's only a matter of time.

COOKIE352 Posts: 443
3/12/13 10:19 A

I lost belly fat thru diet and walking.

JENSTRESS Posts: 1,175
3/12/13 10:17 A

Everyone is right, you can't burn fat from one place alone. It would be awesome if you could! You can sculpt muscles under the fat, but if the fat is still there, you won't be all that tone!!!

It is why you have to workout to acheive those benefits, and not just workout, but do a balance of cardio and strength training (what ever you end up liking and fitting in) to really get everything working.

Here is the thing. Everyone is also right that your diet is incredibly important. It isn't that you HAVE to eat healthy to lose weight. You could eat you calories in chocolate cake and still lose weight as long as you're coming in your recommended calorie range. The problem is that you aren't then giving your body the proper fuel. (and you'd probably be hungry still, that isn't a lot of cake.)

I will tell you, it took me years to realize HOW much better it feels to eat your fresh fruits and veggies. I haven't felt this good in a long time. THAT is why I eat the healthy food. Sure, I have something on occasion, but I just don't allow it into my daily diet anymore. I truly have clicked over to the "lifestyle change" by realizing that we need to really take care of this body. We only get the one.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (74,812)
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3/12/13 9:16 A

Push aways.

Push yourself away from the table once you've eaten enough food to fit into your Spark calorie range.

You can't spot reduce fat. Fat loss is an all over body process. This is a fact. Any diet or exercise plan that says differently is lying to you.

HMILLY2020 Posts: 587
3/12/13 7:33 A

I've always heard six packs are made in the kitchen. Weight loss is 80% diet, 20% exercise. Even if you burn 500 calories in an hour of cardio and the go to the kitchen and "reward" yourself with a nice big piece of cake, you're replacing your hard lost calories with more calories that have no nutritional benefit. Your body is like a machine. When the machine works hard, you check the belts, the oil etc. If the oil is low, you don't put Cheeze Wiz in the gears to make things run smoothly....you need the right tool for the job.

You can do all the crunches in the world but if you still have a layer of fat over those abs, you're never going to see the benefits of your hard work (took me years to believe it and now that I am actually eating healthy, inches are coming off much easier than ever before).

So exercise, drink lots of water (cut out the sugary juices and pop) and be mindful of what you are eating. As others said, you can't spot reduce areas, its an all over process. Hang in there and you'll get the results you are looking for.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/12/13 1:01 A

Exercise doesn't get rid of specific fat deposits.

Your body doesn't draw fat from the nearest source when you exercise. It's a whole-body process.

So regular moderate exercise, along with a healthy balanced diet limited in total calorie intake, is the way to lose fat!

There aren't any 'tricks', sorry.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,110
3/11/13 11:13 P

Burning fat is an all-body process, and you can't really target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. While you may get all kinds of suggestions, the fact is that no amount of abdominal specific exercises will reduce belly fat.

What you can do is to continue to reduce your overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, and some of it will naturally come off the belly.

M@L

SWEETNESS_77 Posts: 16
3/11/13 11:09 P

Whats the best exercise to get rid of the spare tire?

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