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HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
11/18/12 10:25 P

I agree that exercise will not work to spot reduce. But for me eating low-carb has made the difference. I have only lost a few more pounds but have lost 3 pant sizes (down from 10 to 4) in about 6 months on low-carb that I was unable to lose in the previous 30 years. The reason is not calorie reduction but hormones, in particular the effect of less insulin on the body.
For more info take a look at some of the low-carb/paleo/primal groups on spark. emoticon


LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,707
11/18/12 7:32 P

Muffin tops are easy to fix... buy pants that fit properly.

HAPPYDEM SparkPoints: (4,408)
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11/18/12 6:56 P

I'm pear shaped but I also have the dreaded muffin top. I do Jillian Michaels' Six Week Six Pack which has some exercises in it that target that specific area. You could also do leg raises, which are supposed to target that area. See them here:

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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11/18/12 5:12 P

Being an apple shape sucks! My stubborn belly is slowly going away but I continue to lose more weight in my chest. Soon there's gonna be nothing left!

GRAPHICS2 Posts: 13,944
11/18/12 4:38 P

I have heard that too, but because I have not taken off much weight yet, I cannot start complaining about myself yet

SMANISMELL SparkPoints: (76,799)
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11/18/12 1:45 P

Tummy fat is the hardest to get rid of. I have a roll that I would love to get rid of. I have lost 40 lbs or so and I still have that spare tire. I do ab exercises so that when the roll finally does go away, I will not have a jiggly belly.

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (18,546)
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11/18/12 12:26 P

I am an apple too. I have been reducing my calories and walking/jogging. And I have noticed my belly has reduced without targeting the area. My weight hasn't changed much, but my clothes fit better.

Good luck on this, and be patient. It will come (or go).


POWER2XCEL SparkPoints: (17,333)
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11/17/12 7:36 P

Now that I know there are no special tricks to get rid of the tummy. I will continue to exercise and hopefully as the fat go away, so will the tummy go down.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,457
11/17/12 6:07 P

I agree with the other posters - you can't target where you lose fat from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. Specific exercises may build up the core 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 tummy.


MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,204)
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11/17/12 1:27 P

The only solution is to keep reducing the body fat %. Eating whole foods at a caloric deficit, strength training and doing HIIT will help. However, it is a good idea to decide up to what body fat % to drop to. If the target body fat % is too low, it could cause a miserable life that only competing body builders experience. That means, there will always be some fat in the tummy, but how big it will be can be controlled without too much misery.

WHITLA011 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/17/12 1:08 P

I heard somewhere that interval training supposedly targets belly fat first. I have no idea if this is true or not, but interval training is great for fat loss anyway so it may be worth a shot!

BLANCHENOIRE SparkPoints: (1,647)
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11/17/12 12:24 P

When I clicked I was intending on leaving the same reply as the others... Overall fat loss is the only thing that will help I'm afraid. I wish I could target my thunder thighs, but it ain't happening!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,917
11/17/12 12:20 P

The previous poster is correct. Your body will decide where it wants to take off the weight, but eventually it should start to come off from those places where you carry excess.

Coach Jen

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,707
11/17/12 11:00 A

There is NO exercise that will target that fat.

Sorry, but you cannot spot reduce.

READY2BFIT261 SparkPoints: (182)
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11/17/12 10:46 A

Ok, so I am an apple with most of my fat being in the middle. In fact I look pregnant with most of my fat below my belly button. I know this is the most dangerous place. Can anyone recommend an exercise that would target this fat?

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