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LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,770)
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8/13/13 7:51 A

I too lose from the top down. My bras are all huge now, but my jeans still fit. So annoying, but you've got to just celebrate your victories where you find them and not focus on the negative. At some point my belly will have to go away.

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8/13/13 2:43 A

I read somewhere years ago that people tend to lose weight in the opposite order of the way they put it on. For me that means my face first, my boobs next, then my waist proper(not belly), my thighs, arms, hips and tummy. I am not sure when I will lose my fat back and side meat but I'm hoping to start any day now. I don't know if this is actually true. It just seem so for me.

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EFAIRCHILD7 SparkPoints: (1,675)
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8/12/13 11:07 A

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments. Glad to see I am not alone in this. Guess I can choose to celebrate the changes I see; smaller neck and disappearing double chin, and I can see a difference around my rib cage.

Psalm 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,901
8/11/13 7:35 P


Squats are a very good exercise to do, because they work the largest and strongest muscles in the body.

"Spot-reduction" is a myth. Leg exercises do NOT burn fat stored in the legs, and squats will not reduce thigh fat.


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VANNAH2014 Posts: 468
8/11/13 12:32 P

I think the upper-half is always the first to go. Add in some squats, leg lifts, do some hula hooping! emoticon


DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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8/11/13 6:26 A

You will see it in due time.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,615
8/11/13 2:10 A

GETITDONEMIMI, I love your trainer, lol


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GETITDONEMIMI SparkPoints: (5,677)
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8/10/13 11:54 P

When I would complain about this to my trainer several years ago, he would always say "Where the snow is the thickest, it takes longer to melt. So get busy shoveling"

Needless to say, he was not Mr Sensitive.

Edited by: GETITDONEMIMI at: 8/10/2013 (23:57)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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8/10/13 11:35 A

I actually have the opposite problem. :) I lose weight in my legs, butt, and thighs first! I'd love this gut of mine to GO.

Don't worry though, it will catch up, eventually. We all have a genetic makeup which determines where we're most likely to lose weight (and gain it!) Ever noticed people who have big guts, but thin legs and arms? That's not a "beer" gut from drinking beer, that's a genetic predisposition!

Basically, as the others have said, where you lose is determined largely by time and genetics. Keep up the good work, and your lower half will catch up!

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LAURIEANDBLUE2K SparkPoints: (31,536)
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8/10/13 9:27 A

I always gain weight from the bottom up and lose weight from the top down!! Crazy

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,056
8/9/13 9:25 P

at least it's a consistent part of your body- the right side of my body is holding onto more fat than the left... no joke. hilarious. it'll all even out, no worries :)

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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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8/9/13 8:41 P

Unfortunately you can't spot-reduce--it comes off when and where it wants to.

I am losing shoe sizes and ring sizes. I have so little fat on my posterior that it hurts to sit down. Will the fat come off of my belly, where I want to lose it? Nope! I've lost more than 90 pounds, but my bra size has not changed at all. Bodies are weird. :)

You are off to a great start...just keep doing what you are doing and you will eventually see good results.

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,901
8/9/13 7:25 P

I agree with Coach Jen.

Burning fat is an all-body process, and unfortunately, you can't target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. Leg specific exercises are not going to specifically reduce fat in your thighs.

But as you continue to reduce your overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, sooner or later your body will have no choice but to take fat from the lower body.

Well done on your progress so far, and keep up the great work!


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,318
8/9/13 6:12 P

Your body will decide for itself where it wants to take the weight off first, but eventually it will start to come from areas where you carry excess. Just try to be patient- it will happen!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

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EFAIRCHILD7 SparkPoints: (1,675)
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8/9/13 6:11 P

Why am I only losing weight in my upper half?? I am already pear shaped enough as it is and I would really like to loose some in my hips and thighs too. Any suggestions? I've only been at this for about a month and have lost about 9 lb. Hope to loose 50 total.

Psalm 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
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