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ERICADURR
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2/16/13 8:25 A

The reason I mention flour and sugar is because I HAD been doing a low calorie diet (approximately 1200-1400 calories per day) and couldn't lose weight. It wasn't until I gave up those two things that I noticed a change.



MOTIVATED@LAST
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2/15/13 11:11 P

Erica,

As noted already in this thread, you can't target where you lose weight from. This applies just as much to what you eat, as it does to exercise. There's nothing special about sugar or flour that causes belly fat.

The only way to reduce belly fat is to reduce your overall body fat, through creating a calorie deficit.

But there is some sound science behind limiting simple carbs like flour and sugar. These are digested quickly, leading blood sugars to spike, and then crash afterwards. Switching instead to other foods that take longer to digest can leave you feeling fuller for longer, and thus can lead you to eating fewer calories overall.

If this does lead you to eating fewer calories, it can help you lose fat overall, and thus reducing belly fat.

But the key point is really that it is HOW MUCH you eat, not WHAT you eat, that really matters.

M@L




ERICADURR
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2/15/13 10:23 P

Everyone has hit on the exercise, so I'll discuss the dietary route, or at least what has worked for me. I didn't notice a big difference in my stomach until I cut out all sugar and flour.



SHUPER5
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2/15/13 3:27 P

It takes time and do not give up!For me regular crunches did not do it for me.Yes I still have a little kangaroo pouch but what helped was jog in place and when you pick up the pace lift your knees higher up to belly button.I do that for a count of 8,for about 30 seconds then march in place and repeat.It is just easier for my back and neck.Here is the video I do at 50 second mark is the move I am talking about.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaz0vzSA8
YE



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/15/13 3:23 P

ROBBSMOM30, your stomach is changing because of overall fat loss, not because of the exercises you do. :) As explained above, it's not possible to burn fat from your stomach the way most stuff claims.



ROBBSMOM30
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2/15/13 12:09 P

With everything, it all takes time. For me - I had a C section with my son so they cut all of my stomach muscles ... I have to strengthen my core to get it all back... but whats helped me thus far is pilates and I bought this weight watchers stability ball exercise kit with a workout dvd (it all came together for $25).. and that has helped out a bunch too. My stomach is visibly changing. :)



BDRCOLLIE2470
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2/15/13 10:36 A

Thanks guys for your input! It sucks that I can't just get rid of it. :/
Hopefully it will eventually go down if everything else starts getting smaller.



JENNILACEY
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2/15/13 9:43 A

Ditto. And I still have a pot belly at almost 110 lbs despite having down tons and TONS of ab work for the last 7 months. The thing is, you can't target fat loss. You can do ab work until you're blue in the face and as long as you have fat hanging around your stomach, you won't see the muscle. My abs are strong as steel but that doesn't reduce the fat hanging onto my mid section. They're just hidden under the pot belly and well, my obliques are well defined.

The only way to reduce belly fat is to reduce overall body fat percentage. Now that I've lost the bulk of my weight I am researching and considering a few cycles of cutting and bulking, a method bodybuilders use to change body composition. It's a cycle of eating at a surplus to gain lean muscle and then a cycle of cutting (dieting) to lose any fat gained while bulking.

So really, it just comes down to how determined you are or if it's something you can live with. I can tell you that before I ever became pregnant. I did not have a big tummy like this at 110 lbs. It was flat at that weight before I had kids. I may have to come to terms with that unless I weigh 85 lbs I'm going to have to learn to live with a pudgy tummy.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/15/2013 (09:44)


MZNAYLUV
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2/15/13 9:39 A

When I first started losing it seemed like my belly fat wasn't going anywhere. I have been consistently staying with a healthy diet in a addition to the exercise. That has really helped and I am noticing a difference. I think what you eat makes all the difference in the world.



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/15/13 9:03 A

There's no exercises in the world that will help you lose belly fat. The only way to reduce your belly fat is with time and overall fat loss. Fat loss is a total-body process, so it will come. I know it's frustrating (seriously, check out the blog title in my signature... I feel you!) but the only thing that will whittle the fat on your belly is time, persistence, and eating at a calorie deficit.

When you do strength training (or exercises of any kind) your body draws its energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat stores, so all the crunches in the world won't give you a flat belly. Core training is important for a lot of reasons, but it won't reduce the fat around your stomach. I'm sorry!



BDRCOLLIE2470
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2/15/13 8:45 A

I was wondering if there were any exercises that you all recommended for a flatter stomach? The scale says I'm losing weight and I think some areas of my body are getting smaller, but my stomach is still REALLY fat. My exercises include Insanity and walking my dog around 1.5 miles a day. Food varies, so I can't really post it. My husband recommended including stomach specific exercises each day to see if that would help. Thanks!



 
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