I was heavy most of my life up until 2007 when I decided to do something about it. I lost weight all over my body of course but it took forever to lose in my stomach and thighs. I have never been pregnant and probably never will be, but people used to ask me how long ago did you have kids as I was losing the weight. When I was close to my goal weight, I noticed I had a pouch right on my lower abs. My upper abs were ok but the lower, yuck. I hate it. So I kept at it, workouts and diet. I did lose it all but it also meant a lower body fat percentage than I actually thought I would need. I was happy though. I could wear a swimsuit and life was good. Then when I got into the car accident (I was driving, a friend was), I got depressed and gained 20 lbs. Since the end of last year, I have lost 10lbs of it and have 10lbs to go. But I am back to the whole my abs look like a pudgy post-pregnancy mess and that isn't the case. Patience I guess.
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9,689 5/18/13 10:01 A
KIMANDBYRON: save your money. They do not. The only thing wraps can do is provide temporary reduction in the appearance of fat. They cannot "tone" anything, and they can't reduce the sagginess of skin.
They can work in the short term, and are a valid option for someone who needs to fit into a certain dress for an event (say a wedding) but do not expect them to do anything other than temporary, cosmetic changes.
They won't actually change your body at all. They can't. Our bodies don't lose fat through ANY external means, it's all about inside-out.
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6 5/18/13 3:52 A
I do have a friend that uses the IT works wraps and it's solely for the purpose of toning and tightening. The key is that you are drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated or it doesn't work either. I have the trouble areas of my thighs and abdomen. I have had children and they were all c section so I have saggy belly over my scar. Once I reach my first goal I do plan to try the wraps and see if they work.
I have not gotten to that point yet, but being overweight my whole life I believe that with this much weight, I will know about this loose skin issue soon. I just read a FAQ about loose skin and it said that it takes skin longer to shrink than it does to lose weight. So just be patient, keep doing what you are doing and strength training is always a good thing!
How long have you been at this goal and been victorious over your weight gain? You have lost some weight! Applaud yourself!
But remember that it takes time, sometimes years, to change our shape dramatically. You have already changed your shape somewhat. You have to do what you already know...be patient. Keep walking/jogging/hiking, add biking, swimming, dancing, or other favorite sports you love. You will eventually notice changes but it takes a long time to change your body shape ( and internal image).
Be encouraged by your previous success. Know that you can be the change that you want to be. Realize that you are making changes for your entire life, not just to lose some weight. Be as active as time allows. Add sports, exercise classes, and more to your routine. Above all else, keep eating "clean", and keep moving...all day, every day. Work different muscle groups. Tell your body it has to change as you change your mind and keep working at this.
Spend time with active, fit people. (You can find them at fitness gyms, clubs, and outside at parks). Read and learn about your body, nutrition, and encouraging posts on this website.
Be patient with yourself. You didn't get to your shape overnight, and your belly won't go away overnight. I have seen people change their entire shape and size, but it took consistent exercise over a few years.
Back to my original question. How long since you began making changes for yourself?
Take photographs of you in a swim suit, and keep record of measured sizes. Keep at it, watch the changes, then later on, you can encourage others when you see yourself change!
I have one child. Because of the weight I have, I do have a small little belly that hangs. It is getting better, but the loose skin is a little gross. I will say one thing though, I don't gain in my stomach first, I gain in my buns and thighs first. And I am getting tone arms, and my stomach has shrunk considerably... but my buns and thighs aren't as tone and that frustrates me. I always figure the first place you gain is the last place it comes off (obviously with my loss, I am down pants sizes) but the difference already in the areas, it is something I notice. I figure when I get to my goal weight, THEN I can be more concerned about tightening. I strength train, do cardio, and yoga and pilates. Pilates is a great core strengthener, but like even you said, since you can't spot burn it, you will just have a strong core for when you lose the extra there. I'm just focused on eating healthy, and the exercise. Since it is a lifestyle change, I figure that EVENTUALLY it will get there!
I don't have kids, either, and I have the same issue. Frankly, until I am at goal I don't plan on worrying about it. I know, based on conversations with my doctors, dietician, and a plastic surgeon, that loose skin or other things may take a year or two to adjust after major weight loss.
My plastic surgeon suggested a few things to help- I don't know if they have, as I still have the loose skin on my belly, but I suppose it could be worse if I wasnt doing this- I exfoliate twice a week using a shea sugar scrub and I moisturize every day with Palmer's lotion for stretchmarks and weight loss, and I use a dry brush for my skin to increase blood flow (He said every day, but I forget and do it about 3 times a week). I also drink plenty of water and eat in my recommended fat allowance.
I kind of feel it is a badge of honor- The way some folks look at scars. I'd be happier without it, but I have it and it tells the story and who I used to be and reminds me why I changed.
It's just a hard pill to swallow!! But thank you for your input everyone
I just gotta keep on keeping on!!
Stupid belly fat :) Definitely the bane of my existence!
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30 5/16/13 3:02 P
I have had two kids and have the same problem. I haven't been working out religiously (okay, so I have barely been working out), but I have also heard that you cannot "spot lose". Was told by a trainer that as you lose, you will lose all over. So looking forward to that, as I have recommitted myself this week to getting fit and healthy.
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9,689 5/16/13 2:28 P
Where you lose is largely genetic. If you know someone who lost weight doing a particular exercise (yes, including pilates) it's because they were genetically predisposed to losing in their bellies. You hold on to weight there not because you're doing anything wrong, but because your genes say "this is where we store the most fat."
As you lose weight overall, you will lose the belly fat. Like you, I hold on to it there, even though I've lost around 30 lbs, have awesome legs, arms, and butt, I still have that thrice-damned gut.
It will go away. Doing more cardio won't make it go faster; the reason cardio helps is that it burns fat overall... eventually, the belly fat will go as there is less elsewhere. :)
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67 5/15/13 3:27 P
I'm not totally familiar with your issue but I do carry alot in my stomach region. It's really noticable. I've noticed that PILATES!! is amazing for toning your entire belly region. I'm not sure if that will help the hanging belly fat but I do know it really helps belly fat period. I think if you added Pilates 3X for an hour each time you would see results.
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I completely understand. Like you, I've never had kids and belly fat is present. With me, the abdominal region is the first place I gain fat and the last place to lose it. I hate that it's still there, but at least I can hide it by wearing clothes that draws people's attention away from that part of my body. I figure the only thing that I can do is to keep doing what I'm doing working out (cardio and strength training) and continue to eat better (even though I do allow myself to have treats).
I am strength training. I'm not having a problem losing weight. I just haven't yet started losing it in my belly particularly.
I eat great and I do use measuring cups and scales and smaller plates, i drink mostly water and I limit junk food, i hardly drink booze at all anymore and i stay away from fast food entirely.
Also, I wasn't trying to get another answer other than: You Can't Spot Reduce. I know you can't. I was just seeing if anyone noticed one thing more than another that helped them particularly. IF they ate more protein, less carbs, more veggies less dairy.. Just things that could help push me stronger in the direction i'm already heading.
I read a post from Coach Nicole one time that cardio has been scientifically proven to reduce belly fat. I do cardio 4 times a week. (twice a week i have a 45 minute spin class and twice a week i have an hour long zumba class) Should i increase? Or is this adequate? I strength train 3 days a week.
I've always heard abs are made in the kitchen and I'm starting to beleive it! I don't have a kid but always have been chunky and really trying to eat better as well as weigh my foods so I can properly track my calories.
So have you tried a food scale to ensure you are tracking what you are eating properly?
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9,689 5/15/13 12:23 P
Read these sentences carefully.
"I realize i can't spot reduce so i guess what i'm asking is: Is this just one of those times where i have to be patient?"
"but I am just wondering if besides eating cleanly, doing cardio and strength training, if there is something in particular i can be doing for this low hanging belly of mine? "
You say you realize you can't spot reduce, then you ask how you can. ;)
The unfortunate truth is you already know the answer to your question. There's nothign you can do, specifically, to reduce your belly, whether you've had kids or not. Only overall fat loss will produce the results youw ant. That doesn't mean you shouldn't strength train (in fact, you NEED to be doing so, if you're not!) but doing so won't actually make the fat go away specifically there. Your genetics are what make you hold fat there, not your diet nor the exercises you do.
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Although I have had three kids and am plagued with stretch marks as well as hanging belly fat, I can totally relate. I am jealous of people whose fat just kind of sits there in a nice, tidy, firm mass. lol
What I can say is that, like you, I had carried alot of extra weight my whole adult life. I'm going to be 45 next month, so that's a long time. BUT I've taken a long time to lose my weight. (started back in Jan. 2010) and I do think that time does help. Initially, my lower belly would literally hang over my legs, but as I continue to lose the last of the fat there, I am finding that it is all starting to shrink and I'm sure there will still be loose skin, but I am seeing progress.
There is hope. There is always hope. Keep doing all the good things that you're doing and really concentrate on good, total body ST and clean eating and you'll get there.
There are creams and wraps out there that claim that they tighten and tone skin. Not sure if they really do work or not, but I have had some luck with them. Start by exfoliating and moisturizing well every time you shower. I even massage my belly sometimes,just to encourage good circulation and healing. Every little bit helps, I'm sure.
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Im there with you but quite a few years your senior. Never had kids but have been fat all my life. You can imagine how my belly hangs. I don't know of anyway of fixing it short of plastic surgery. I'll be watching to see if anyone has any suggestions for us.
I just wanted to let you know you are not the only one with the issue.
It's really difficult to find someone with my problem that HASN'T had kids. None, like at all. Never been pregnant. I've just been heavy for a really long time so my belly isn't UP it's.. down. It hangs. It's obnoxious. haha. And it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I realize i can't spot reduce so i guess what i'm asking is: Is this just one of those times where i have to be patient? I've lost 34 lbs since September with 20 of that being since the end of February. I continue to lose but not in my belly. I am down a pants size so it's gone from somewhere in that area.. but I am just wondering if besides eating cleanly, doing cardio and strength training, if there is something in particular i can be doing for this low hanging belly of mine?
I'm 26.. pretty much been overweight my whole life... So.. I know what caused it. I just want to know how to fix it.
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