As one who has always had lots of belly fat, I'm with Jill. I found strength training and pilates to help and also that if I keep my sugar/flour low and eat lots of lean meat, veggies, fruit and yogurt that eventually the weight was coming off my belly. Unfortunately, I've been eating sugar/flour and it is slowly returning. Note to self: get off that sugar/flour. Good luck and be patient. As some have already said, it seems to be the last place we lose and the first place we gain.
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53 4/3/13 7:43 A
Keep doing what you are doing and the results will show, they may just show there last. If you are losing at all, it is working and you WILL lose from your belly when the time is right. I am the same way, my arms and legs are getting really nice-- apart from my upper inner thighs and the belly. They'll just be the last to come off.
In the meantime, I have worked at strengthening and toning my core through pilates and I am happy with the results. I still have the fat over the muscles to lose but my tummy has tightened up some and looks better, so I can be a little more patient with myself about the actual fat loss. The muscle definition is starting to peek through the fat and it is very exciting and encouraging.
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4/2/13 11:43 P
Everyone has their places where weight gain shows up first. And also where it is last to leave. On many women, the last place for excess weight to leave is indeed the belly, especially if you are older. And depending on how much weight was lost, there could be some loose skin that makes you think you have more "fat" than there truly is.
I know it's tough, but keep at it; keep eating your veggies (a LOT of them); keep up w/ cardio and some weight training. It will get better but it's just probably the last place to leave on you.
Speaking for myself, I notice when I haven't been eating as stellar as I should, I see it there first!
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25,203 4/2/13 9:05 P
I have lost bucket loads of weight, but my waist measurement hasn't really reduced at all, other than a couple cm. My Dietitian told me that this isn't uncommon and often it is the last one to shift. Having said that, I have gone from a NZ size 20-22 to a 14-16 bottom and 12-14 top. Obviously what is inside can get squished around more freely - LOL! I have lost size everywhere else, including over an inch off each wrist - and they weren't fat to start with. The Dietitian said it was the bone that had gotten smaller :-)
Regardless of whether the belly reduces, by eating good nutrition, wise calorie range and getting the exercise, you are doing the best for your body that you can, and it WILL thank you for it in many ways. My Cholesterol, which had been very high even tho' on meds and a healthy diet, and my HbA1c - which had me in the borderline pre-Diabetic range - has now returned to a very healthy normal! There are many other pluses, so focus on those!
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46,222 4/2/13 8:58 P
Where we store our fat has more to do with our genetics than anything else. Just like some women store fat in the hips and thighs, others like myself store it in our belly. That being said, you can't spot reduce (selectively choosing where to shrink the fat) nor can you speed up the fat loss process. A study out of Duke University reports that doing cardio is one of the best way to target belly fat.
Hang in there and remember healthy living is a life-long journey!
I know that everybody struggles with stubborn belly fat! I've been working out for three months now and the only thing not shrinking is my belly. I feel like I've been patient, and I've done everything else right. I eat right and exercise almost daily and the results are there! My arms are getting really fit, my legs are really toned, and the rest of my body is slimmer. But my dang abdomen wont get any smaller!! It's so frustrating. I've heard different advice on what to do- Like cutting out sugar, working out harder. I just don't know what to do. For those of you who are going through this/have gone through it, do you know any solutions that have worked?
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