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MZMUSLIMAH101 SparkPoints: (11,042)
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12/24/12 10:05 A

Yes! That is a wicked area! I am working on mine as well! I am at a point where I want to put in the work to get the belly fat OFF!! I long for a super flat stomach!! ;)

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,337)
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12/20/12 6:29 A

Just wanted to add; don't be surprised if belly fat holds on right to the end. Especially if that is the area you tend to gain the most weight, like me. It hasn't been until recently that my belly has started shrinking significantly more than the rest of my body. I haven't been losing any inches the last 2 months in my hips/arms/thighs/chest, it's all been coming off my belly. Which is exactly what I want! I've also upped my core strength training to a longer, more intense workout and am really starting to see the tone coming on my upper abs and obliques. The pouch in the middle and lower abs will be the last to go. Unfortunately, I'll have to accept that after two pregnancies I will probably always have a saggy lower stomach.

LACIEKAY SparkPoints: (7,142)
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12/19/12 10:49 P

the same here. i gain weight mainly in my tummy.
i'm also guilty of focusing on ab workouts. i figure what the heck.. it can't hurt anything :)
but it's diet 1st, then cardio, then strength training.. but always all 3!

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
12/19/12 10:27 P

Just keep doing what you are doing

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (200,394)
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12/19/12 6:30 P

I've got it too - would love to get rid of it, but am afraid it will never be totally gone.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,401
12/19/12 6:01 P

I agree with the other posters - you can't taget where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. An ab-specific workout will develop the abdominal muscles, but will do absolutely nothing about the overlying layer of 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 sooner or later some of it will naturally come off the belly.


MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (75,952)
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12/19/12 12:08 P

The only way is to reduce your body fat %. Depending on how small you want your belly, only a modest caloric deficiency might do it, or you may have to resort to what the body builders do: heavy strength training at a caloric deficiency. You need to be patient both ways.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,060)
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12/19/12 11:57 A

Yep, like the previous posters have said, your body decides where the fat comes off. The biggest factor in fat loss is eating a healthy diet. I recommend eating mostly whole foods and limit the processed foods. A lot of people, myself included, have success doing more strength training than cardio. I used to run 5-6 days a week without doing any strength training and I lost fat, but I also lost a lot of muscle in the process. Even at 110 pounds I still had a gut. The past 6 weeks or so I've been strength training a lot (every other day for about 45 minutes) and run only 2 days a week at the most, and I can see a huge difference in my body composition.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (189,836)
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12/19/12 11:04 A


As luann noted, we can't spot reduce areas of our bodies we don't like. We don't get to decide where the fat comes off. Genetics makes that determination. However, if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, the weight will come off your entire body with time.

Murphy's Law on Weight Loss says,"The place you want to take the weight off first, is the last place it goes". never fails.

People may tell you to do more abdominal exercises, but the fact is all that will do is strengthen your abdominal muscles. If you want to lose body fat, you have to eat right first. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. Even the body builders will tell you that strong ABs are built in the kitchen.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 23,747
12/19/12 10:43 A

All your cardio and ab workouts won't do it... you cannot spot reduce fat.

Diet is what WILL work.
Track your food and stay within range.

PUNKVIXEN0284 SparkPoints: (339)
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12/19/12 8:50 A

Ok so I have that fat that hangs from the abdomen, I believe the technical term is called the Pannus, and I was just wondering if anyone has had experience losing that or making it significantly smaller by just exercise and not surgery?

And what would be the best way to lose it? I'm doing lots or cardio and ab workouts.

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