Sometimes even when you are at goal there is still toning work that can be done, and should be done for strength and flexibility!
Just like the previous poster, in addition to cardio, it's important to work out to improve the muscle underneath the skin. Even skinny people can be "untoned!"
Good for you on wanting to get rid of the muffin top!
9/23/09 3:32 P
I've pretty much lost mine with anything I wear now. All I can say is that for me it took a lot of very hard work and a mixture of the following types of training: cardio (walking and jogging), resistance (using my own body weight and a resistance band), strength (dumbells) and flexibility (mat and floor exercises). I believe that if I hadn't done any of these, I wouldn't be where I am now because the combination of losing weight and getting more toned and flexible is what has had an effect on my muffin top.
Mixing up your workouts and increasing intensity is absolutely key, along with eating healthily and within your calorie range.
Unfortunately, there's no quick-working magic formula or set exercises to do to decrease a muffin top as such. I wish there were!!
I never thought of using a hula hoop. Use to be really good at it as a kid but not sure if i could even do it anymore. Thanks for the great idea... will go looking for one today!
9/23/09 1:44 P
Colorado! I am going there on vacation with my boyfriend in a few short weeks! I can't wait. What would you recommend are the "hot spots" for tourists? We are just going to drive around the state. We're flying into Denver though. Is it usually cold out there at night time?
9/23/09 1:42 P
I stay away from fast food, I pack my own lunch--no carbs usually just veggies and some kind of meat or fish now. And I wear loose fitting pants. I have the muffin top without pants on! It's not about the pants. I'm a healthy eater now and have been for the past couple months. I guess I just have to start exercising more. Thanks to everyone who responded! I'll be sure to try all your ideas :)
I used to have a weighted hula hoop. I ordered it from Curves. You may be able to pop into a Curves and see if you can get one. I don't know if only members can get them, but if so, you probably know someone who's in Curves who can help.
Anyway, we've got to burn off our fat so we can see those muscles we strengthen with the weights and hula hooping!
Also, looking good in your pants is essential. But isn't avoiding the muffin top hard when the pants fit like they should, even in the "waist", except you still get a muffin top? I hate that! It's so hard these days to find medium or normal rise jeans too.
9/23/09 1:23 P
I have to agree with the proper-fitting pants advice. These days, hipster pants are all the rage and they are not a very kind to those with even the slightest curves to start with. Cardio will help as will toning up, but they will not give you something you don't have the ability to achieve genetically. Just because you want to be a certain jean size doesn't mean you can.
Far too often when I see a woman with a muffin top, it's more often that their pants are too small, not because they need to be in better shape. It's also helpful to keep in mind that one company's size 6 can be another's size 8. Wanting to always wear the same size, regardless of the fit, is a bit like deluding yourself. Fit matters more than size.
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1,336 9/23/09 12:59 P
I have the same problem. The hula hoop sounds like a lot of fun!
9/23/09 12:52 P
strength train, and CARDIO. Gotta get the fat off!
For any fat around your waist area, try a hula hoop!! That's the hot new class going on in Colorado, it took me 5 stores before I found one, even! Try it for at least 10-15 minutes a day, the classes are 1/2 hour & hour classes. You use the hoop to do other exercise also. I have to disagree about the pants. Why would I go up a size bigger?? No way!! If you have middle fat, exercise is the way to get rid of it! Spot excerise DOES work!!
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9/23/09 12:20 P
I have to agree with the other folks who've replied. If you have a muffin top, you need to wear proper fitting pants. If you wore a larger size, you wouldn't have a muffin top.
If you think your body is flabby, losing weight might not give you the results you're looking for. You'll be thinner, but you'll still be flabby. If you want to tighten up, so to speak, you're going to need to do some strength training.
Increase your lean muscle. Muscle burns fat. the more muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. You'll also be able to wear a small size of clothing while weighing the same weight.
Also, you have to be mindful of what you eat. Yes, you can cut your calories and lose by eating McDonalds. But, how healthy would your internal organs be from eating all that saturated fat, salt and sugar ?
If you want to change your body, you've got to start from the inside. When your insides are healthy, that reflects outwardly.
So, if you want a better body, you're going to have to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training.
There's no particular exercises you can do to make your thighs smaller or to reduce the muffin top in the pants you have. To do that, you're going to need to lose overall body fat through a calorie deficit.
For the arms, it might be that arm strength exercises might help tone them and reduce the "jigglyness" of them, but overall body fat reduction is going to help there as well.
For the muffin top specifically, it's really about how your pants fit. So in one sense the easiest way to get rid of it is to buy different pants (not even necessarily in a different size, it also has to do with the rise on them - but maybe you find you can do one size in a higher rise but need the next size up on low rise jeans). And ultimately what really matters is how your clothes make you look, not the number on the tag. (As I'm sure Stacey of What Not to Wear would agree).
It's true; there's no way to take fat off one specific area. Keeping up with a good nutrition plan, doing weight training and cardio exercise will help remove fat from all over your body. Genetics and your own unique make-up will determine what parts lose fat first, what parts lose fastest, and which parts retain more fat than others.
Look at your direct blood-related relatives. Their trouble spots are likely to be your trouble-spots too.
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411 9/23/09 11:52 A
ps I had to look up what a muffin top was... !
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411 9/23/09 11:51 A
I would love to be able to isolate an area and spot reduce it, but it just doesn't work that way. First, just work on reducing your overall fat. Keep up with regular exercise and healthy eating, and things should progress. No matter how toned a muscle is, having it covered with a layer of fat will make it jiggly.
That said, toning I think will help. If you are not currently doing any weight training, I would start. I've recently started "running" and I've noticed that as I lose weight, my legs are getting toned and tough, while my upper half is getting all jiggly. I'm attempting to correct that by lifting and using more of the cardio machines at the gym that incorporate arm movements. While I know that I can't spot reduce, I think it's the toning of my leg muscles from running that's helping things in that area (my biggest problem area). One can only hope.
9/23/09 11:36 A
I have been trying to get rid of my "muffin top" for a long time now and it seems as though nothing is working. I also have an issue with my "thunder thighs" and "jiggly arms." Any one have any suggestions?
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