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ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/4/13 1:38 P

I believe that where your body stores fat is based more on genetics and stress than specific foods. Your body will turn foods into fat, but where that fat goes is pretty much out of your control.

I've heard that high stress can cause you to retain more fat around the belly area, but don't know if that's fact or urban legend. I do know that your genes can determine where you are likely to store more fat, belly vs. hips, for example.

As has been said, your best bet at reducing belly fat is to reduce all fat and eat a sensible diet and exercise regularly. Yeah, all that stuff we already know but hate to do sometimes ;)

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4/4/13 1:27 P

I agree with Renataruns. You don't have to drastically cut carbs to lose weight. Eating foods that are lower in carbs would help. My mom looks for foods that are have ~15 g of carbs or less. So, that cuts out "a lot" of things (like sweets). I try to focus on eating better and making better choices. For me, I can't give up bread. I could but then how am I supposed to eat my comfort food and favorite thing to pack for lunch (pb&j sandwhiches).

As some others have stated, losing body fat is an all over process. I tend to gain weight first in my thighs and abs. Then, it goes to my hips, waist, chest and my face. What you eat plays a huge role in

SONICB Posts: 4,381
4/4/13 11:57 A

This won't target "belly fat" per se, but avoiding high-sodium foods and anything that upsets your gastrointestinal tract will help with water retention and make your belly appear smaller. Also be sure to stay hydrated by drinking enough water!

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/2/13 9:37 P

Wonderful thread, I LOVE IT

This is where 80% of my weight is as well, my arms and legs are fit and rock solid.. my stomach... urrrgghhh gross and yes, I am loosing it last!!!

I lost 10 inches in my stomach and it was all due to zumba and strength training all around...the other half was all good clean diet...I have about 15 more inches I would love to loose there yet I swear I have all the rest of my 40lbs there yet LOL,

However, Right now I am on a plateau and trying getting over this is a huge barrier for me, so I am upping my work outs 2x a day for in the am and then again at night, and then going strickt veggies,and then using eggs for protien (1 full egg, 2egg whites), upping my fiber (with veggies, flax seed and oatmeal) and omega3..eating more carbs I will plan on getting from my fruits..

I will plan on staying away from breads, certain flours, processed sugars during this time as well..and upping my water even more as well.

HI, my name is _______ I am here for the fat stomach club association LOL

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4/2/13 5:47 P

KESTES200: That's water retention, not loss of actual belly fat. It's actually probably the *sodium* in the foods you're describing causing the bloat. Bloating and water retention are a different issue from losing belly fat.

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4/2/13 5:03 P

What a fascinating thread! I actually find that increasing fiber through fruits and veggies, combined with drastic decrease in "white" foods (refined sugar and simple carbs), makes a drastic difference in my belly bloat. For example, immediately after I eat pasta or pizza my belly feels like it has a rock in it and it can take 2-3 days for my belly to go down.

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4/2/13 4:51 P

You write that you are weak.
Muscles rises our ability to burn fat.
Swimming and bicycling are good exercise that does not suppress our bones. emoticon

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4/2/13 3:43 P

You do not need to drastically cut carbohydrates to lose belly fat. I've lost like 8 inches there, and I'm a near-vegetarian. Almost everything I eat is classified as a carbohydrate.

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4/2/13 1:42 P

As Becky already stated, there's really not anything you can eat, drink or DO to remove belly fat. There are no special diets that will help you achieve your goal.


Fat loss is a total-body process. Your muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat stores, and where your body tends to store fat is determined primarily by your genetics.

There are no specific foods you can eat (or eliminate) that will "target" belly fat in that way, in spite of poor advice you may have received in the past. Crunches won't do it, either.

The only way to lose belly fat is to reduce *overall* body fat. As you lose weight, the belly fat will go, too, but for those of us genetically predisposed to carry it there will likely see it go last. Just like those who tend to hold it in their backsides, arms, or legs.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/2/2013 (17:46)
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4/2/13 1:36 P

I had not thought about that Frida11. I have been drinking some juice lately in place of the soda but adding the water will definitely let me get the sweetness with out all the calories.

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4/2/13 1:34 P

Unfortunately Frida11 i would have to say i fit more in the week and fat category. Trying to find help where ever I can to change that.

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4/2/13 1:34 P

If you need something to drink with taste you can drink juice with 50-60 % water that you add yourself. This both saves calories and money.

Edited by: FRIDA11 at: 4/2/2013 (13:35)
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4/2/13 1:28 P

Dana , i am currently cutting out the soda. I went for over a month but then had a stessful night where i had one and it went down hill from there. I am back on track now. In the last four days i did have one but that was the only one. I have had 16 ounces of water so far today and had a strawberry/pineapple smoothie for breakfast.

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4/2/13 1:25 P

I have never heard of the diet pop. I am just really looking to find ways to lose weight and i carry most of it in my stomach. I have had a back surgery that hasnt healed , have knees the knee cap has turned outwards and causes alot of problems and now am swelling in my ankles really bad so a lot of exercises are very hard for me to do because of the pain they put me in. I was just wondering if there was a special diet (for lack of a better word) that i could follow that may help me out.

DANAG22 Posts: 741
4/2/13 1:11 P

Up the protein,drink water,cut the soda, cut the carbs drastically you will lose belly fat. I'm doing atkins 20-25 carbs a day, lost 9lbs in 3 weeks and noticed a big difference, stomach is flatter.

4/2/13 1:09 P

There are no specific foods to help get rid of "belly fat"---what is needed is a healthy diet and exercise program geared for overall weight loss.

I assume you are talking about "diet pop"??? The diet pop may make your feel bloated---but it does not contain calories and does not bring about an increase in body/belly fat.

SP Dietitian Becky

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4/2/13 12:53 P

My experience and my knowledge says: - The only way of reducing the belly is by weight loss.
With a combination of the right food and exercise.
Of course being strong and fat or weak and fat is 2 different states.
You look better with a strong body.

Edited by: FRIDA11 at: 4/2/2013 (12:55)
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4/2/13 12:48 P

I carry a lot of weight in my stomach. Are there really foods that will target that belly weight. I know drinking a lot of soda really adds to the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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