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Saturday, August 10, 2013

I don't get it.

I have lost weight since I got here, and I've lost almost nine inches as well, five of them from my hips. (Maybe that's the's coming off my hips instead of my belly).

(Edit: No, I was wrong. I have actually lost a total of 15 1/4 inches.)

I just took my measurements and calculated my waist to hip ratio, and my % of body fat is 13.5% higher than when I started! emoticon emoticon emoticon


Maybe more crunches would help?

Somebody talk to me. What kind of exercise will take away a belly?

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    I would say to do strength training that build muscle in all other parts of your body. Don't overwork the abs with crunches. If you do crunches, make sure that you suck your gut.....if not you are just training them to enlarge and protrude. Perhaps do more cardio and when you do it, make sure you are standing up straight, tipping pelvis under a little and engaging abs. Also helps if cardio includes arm movements that engage abs (knee lifts and cross body arm movements). In daily life, work on posture. Lift up head, shoulders back, lift up on rib cage, gently suck in tummy, tip pelvis under slightly.

You really can't govern where fat is deposited and where it comes from, I don't think. Maybe better than using waist/hip ratio would be to use fat calipers.

Also, avoid salt, processed carbs, gas inducing foods which all make for a bloated
(protruding) tummy. Of course this really isn't fat, but it can make a person puffy.

Disclaimer.......this is just my opinion and what I have found to be true and works for me!

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HAPPYDOES 8/11/2013 11:02PM

    I'm an apple. I think I know why it is coming up like this: I have lost 4" in my waist and 6.5" in my hips. Therefore, my waist (now) is larger in comparison to my hips than it was when I first started.

Oh well, by the time I reach my goal weight, I won't be an apple anymore. I guess I should just ignore this or risk losing motivation.

It will all come out in the wash, as my aunt has said.

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EMMACORY 8/11/2013 5:17PM

    Josie, are you an apple or a pear? I understand from what I have read on Spark that we can lost weight yet will still lean towards an apple or pear. It doesn't make sense to me either that your % of body fat increased. Maybe you could ask a question on the nutrition or fitness message boards. You might get ore feedback that. Hang in there, you are doing fine. June emoticon

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DAWNSJOURNEY 8/11/2013 11:29AM

    Would be interesting to find out if a way ..

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HARMONIUM 8/11/2013 10:09AM

    I have the same problem. I did, however, lose 4 inches off my waist during the past 8 months and I think it's simply from more movement, more walking, more general fitness. It may not look a lot different, but I know I feel better. I think I will always have a Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee appearance, but at least I know that I can keep up small improvements each and every day.


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DEEGIRL50 8/11/2013 7:31AM

    emoticon I don't know, but if you figure it out... pass it on!!
I think working on a strong core will help.

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SHOES17 8/10/2013 5:04PM

    I like an exercise in the pool called the frog. And unfortunately I think 1vxtheworld is right. I had a weigh watchers leader tell me that she was devastated when she reached goal weight, because her body look horrible. I find I can look better at a heavier weight if I am exercising and toning. I have been 10 pounds heavier and looked much better than I do now. I need to get to strength training now.

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KAB7801 8/10/2013 4:21PM

    I agree
The belly for me is the toughest!
What I think about when I'm doing crunches is that 6 pack under all that fat and flab! Push on you're tummy you'll feel it!

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1VSTHEWORLD 8/10/2013 3:31PM

    Hey there! I am by no means an expert, but I will certainly share something that I have found out. There is no actual way to "target" a specific portion of your body and cause it to lose weight. Doing all the crunches in the world won't cause your belly fat to go away, but it will make your stomach muscles firmer which could make the area look better. The weight will fall off from the entire body, and as you have noticed from your hips it can come off from some places a lot more easily than others.

I congratulate you on the weight loss that you have been having! That is the most important thing in the long run after all. Don't give up hope and don't despair, just keep on doing what you are doing and the results will keep piling up!


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