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PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/23/13 7:35 P

Good for that area...

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6/23/13 1:38 P

Great info.

RENEEGADE SparkPoints: (44,094)
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6/23/13 1:16 P

I have lost inches of fat from my midsection through a reduction in calories in my diet. I am doing all over strength training for my 'entire' body, including my exercises for my abdomen. I am also losing inches of fat from my arms and legs and throughout my body. It's true you cannot just spot reduce one area of your body.

I am fifty and had a hysterectomy when I was forty. I've lost a total of 16 pounds (i am guessing it's fat) and gained muscle mass. My BMI went from 26 to 23.

Edited by: RENEEGADE at: 6/23/2013 (19:51)
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
6/23/13 10:49 A

spot reduction isn't possible

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6/23/13 9:31 A

An exerciser that targets all areas is the rowing machine but as will all exercisers you just have to do it and see.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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6/23/13 7:13 A

The "apron" is fat and often loose skin. I have one as well after 2 pregnancies/C-sections. It is also for some reason, extremely stubborn fat. Fat cannot be targeted with exercise. Strength training exercises are to develop the muscle. They have nothing to do with the fat on top. No amount of "lower ab"-targeted (there really is no such thing, the abs are one muscle) will have any affect whatsoever on the fat on top of the muscle.

The only way to lose fat is through a calorie deficit (ie: eating less and moving more to lose weight). So staying in your calorie range and cardio.

I have seen fit and thin woman who have had children and *still* have a bit of an overhang. I'm not sure how it works for those who are overweight/obese who haven't been pregnant but I imagine it's similar. I weigh around 110-115 lbs and still have a major overhang despite strength training for a year.

The only way to get rid of it is through surgery. Weight loss will help shrink it a little.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/23/2013 (12:04)
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6/23/13 2:35 A

I am not an expert, but for myself I am doing cardio everyday and also any ab exercises that I find on Sparkpeople. The theory I follow is that I need to do cardio to lose overall weight (inches) so this is true what has been said, but weak muscles also need to be strengthened so I try to do some form of gentle pilates workout that addresses the abdomen. Getting professional help is a good suggestion so you don't further aggravate those areas that are prone to injury.

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6/23/13 1:58 A

I agree with Dragonchilde - you can't target where you lose weight from, and the type of exercise you do doesn't affect where you lose weight from either.

What matters is just that you DO exercise, not what you do. I agree with getting some professional advice as to what you CAN do with your shoulder and knee.


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6/22/13 11:15 P

The unfortunate truth is that you can't spot reduce the parts of your body you don't like. Spot reduction isn't possible, because your muscles draw their energy from the blood stream, not the surrounding fat stores. You see, fat loss is a total body process. In order to lose weight in your lower abdomen, you need to reduce your total body fat. To do that, you need a calorie-restricted eating plan, a total-body strength training program, and a cardio program.

Because of your specific medical needs, I would strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor about what's appropriate, and ask for a referral to a physical therapist. A PT can design a program for you that is appropriate for your abilities and goals.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/22/2013 (23:16)
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6/22/13 9:59 P

I have that condition of the "apron" and it is really getting unbearable trying to function with it. I need to know if anyone knows of any exercises that pertain to this problem and getting rid of it. I have osteoarthritis in my left knee and a bad right shoulder to have to consider with any exercising. Please help! This is not only embarrassing, but it can't be healthy.

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