Post # 1
I’m 125 lbs at 5’5″ which is average. However, anytime time I eat anything I look like I’m pregnant. WHY IS THAT?! I’m trying to go on a diet for our trip to Hawaii this coming summer but my stomach is killing me. I gain all and any weight on my stomach. What can I do to lose my belly fat?
Post # 3
I’ve heard that to reduce mid-section bloat/fat that you should drink a ton of water and cardio-cardio-cardio!
Post # 4
Food wise, cut down your sodium, it makes you look bloated! Also things like gum and soda will make your belly puff up more.
Post # 5
125 and 5’5 is not even close to worrying about fat, even belly fat! if your stomach pops out after you eat, its because there is food inside!! I have a friend who is so fit and used to be a regular hostess on MTV, she had the same thing. She ate or drank, and her belly popped out a little. She could care less because she knew she looked good! Its all attitude!! be proud!
Post # 6
I’ve found a bunch of different crunches and building up the muscles in that area helps with the food baby. Not so much that you’re sporting a six pack but just a series of abs a couple times a week.
Post # 7
I have the same problem! I have no idea how to help you 🙁 but if someone does i want to know too!
Post # 8
@mmuncha I have a 32 inch waist at 125 lbs. I understand I’m not fat but I’m definitely not proportionate. I look pregnant after I eat but before I eat it’s not like I have a flat stomach.
Sorry, I just get a bit defensive when people tell me I shouldn’t worry just because of my actual weight. My concern is that I’m not proportionate.
Post # 9
Do you feel like it happens after eating certain things? Personally, I have to cut back on sugar, potatoes and bread and it seems to go away.
Post # 10
I feel the same way sandypie and go figure, I buy a form fitting wedding dress 🙁
But I know my problem is that since I’ve been with FI, I’ve eaten more and stopped working out. I agree that cardio and a healthy diet will do the trick !
Post # 11
@sandypie, I understand the situation and I have to agree with others regarding better diet/food selection and work out focusing on specific areas. It’s not easy but it’s possible to get rid off , or at least more toned.
Before I went to grad school I was 115 lbs at 5’4″ and my waist was 25.5 or 26. No belly fat even after I ate a full meal. But I was so up and about back then, didn’t drive, always walked miles and miles, very active, and that was a result of many many years of very healthy eating (and of course 5 years younger). I took it for granted that I could eat what I wanted and not gain so I was sloppy over grad school (not to mentioned stressed and busy) so I gained weight and got a belly. After grad school I lost weight and am back to 115 lbs at 5’4″ but my body is not in the same shape. It seems fatter even though it’s the same weight I was before. My waist is 27-28 (instead of 25.5-26), my butt and thighs bigger (which makes me look thick in the mid section) and I also have a belly, even before I eat I have a mini one. I’m super bloaty (my waist will be around 29-30 at all times!) a week before and during my period which never happened before grad school.
So as generic as it sounds a better diet and ab & weight excercise has slowly helped me -has actually helped me more than when I just tried to eat less in total and go running. I know I eat too much red meat, greasy food and carbs compared to back when I was younger and ate mostly fruit and veggies and fish. I am working on my arms and waist to look better in my dress right now, the good thing is spot training is not as tiring as trying to lose body weight all you need is someone to guide you how to train the areas you want toned.
Best of luck!
Post # 12
I completely understand!!! I’m 5″7 and about 127 lb, my waist is 26″ – but I have rolls of belly fat. I DO work out just about everyday (run ~3mi, walk to & from work which is about another 3mi , then do weights/abs 2-3/wk), but I can’t seem to get rid of the grab-able pooch. I’ve read that belly fat can be difficult to deal with (in addition to being a HUGE red flag for diabetes which my mom has!!). As other’s have said, cutting sodium and other bloat factors can help but I think some of us are just genetically prone=(
Post # 13
I am the same way….
One thing i have been doing is drinking more green tea – hot or cold. Seems to help me fight with bloating and get rid of the access water in my body.
Post # 14
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Captain’s Chair!!
That thing will dissolve the lower pouch area on your belly like nobody’s business. I’d say if you add that to your exisiting routine, either leg lifts or knee curls, every 2-3 days you’ll start seeing results in a few weeks or so.
Post # 15
I have a VERY similar issue. I just started 8 minute abs for this very reason. I will keep you posted on the results!
Post # 16
Weight training helps too! Doing exercises that engage your whole body rather than spot training. The only way I can get my stomach completely flat is low carb low sodium for a week or so and lots and lots of H2O!