Post # 1
I seem to be doing okay everywhere else but I have this awful stomach. Granted, I am out of shape but the only real fat area is my stomach, thighs, and bottom. But the thighs and bottom are not awful, I’ve always had a rather big bottom. Any tips?
Also- this may seem silly but this fat makes me insecure about pregnancy which is one of the reasons i want to lose it so badly. Even though I know it is just fat every once in awhile I’ll wonder if I’m pregnant, but I get regular periods and every HPT I take is negative.
So long story short- I want to get rid of my stomach as fast as possible.
Post # 3
I don’t have any tips for spot reducing (I hear it’s impossible), but if you undertake a structured plan of cardio and weight training, along with counting your calories, I’m sure you’ll be able to make some progress! Have you checked out http://www.sparkpeople.com?
Post # 4
cardio, cardio, cardio. Interval training is a super fat burner. It sucks big time though. warm up for 5 minutes, sprint 30 seconds, jog 60-90 seconds, sprint 30…do that for 20, then cool down for another 5.
Post # 5
I cut out a lot of salty foods and diet soda — I think that definitely part of what was giving me a pooch! And I alternate mid to light cardio with rounds of pushups, squats and crunches at least every other day. Good luck!!
Post # 6
I don’t think you can spot reduce, but maybe if you work on toning your abs and lower back it might tighten things up?? I really don’t know. If I were you I’d do all over strength training and cardio- just burn those calories!
Post # 7
Definitely consider adding Pilates into your routine! If you don’t like the idea of doing a class, check out the Winsor Pilates DVD workouts – I got a little set that includes a full hour-long workout, a short 20-minute workout, and then specific short workouts that target just your abs or just your legs and butt.
Post # 8
Oh, and for cardio, I SWEAR by Spinning classes! Much less boring than doing the elliptical/treadmill or going for a run on my own, and they make me work so much harder! I’m officially addicted!
Post # 9
Pilates is amazing. I haven’t been doing it for long but I am already seeing results. You can try it for free http://exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/cardio/pilates-power-5464 This one is really hard but really targets the abs. goodluck!
Post # 10
From everything I’ve heard, you really can’t spot tone just your tummy. You’ll need to do cardio to burn fat. It’s also helpful to do pilates or other ab work, but to show it off, you need to burn fat. Cardio is the key! My favorites are the elliptical and spinning.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Overall weightloss is the thing, so cardio cardio cardio. Ab work will help, but it won’t show through until the fat is gone! :p (I’m dealing with the same thing).
Post # 12
It’s impossible to burn fat on specified spots, your body decides that on its own. While it’s true that cardio is important, building muscle mass is also very important, if not more. Muscles need and burn more calories throughout the day – when you do cardio, you burn calories up to a couple of hours after, but with muscles, it’s waayy longer. Plus, when that fat is burnt, you will be all toned up, not just “skinny fat”. Winsor Pilates is an excellent workout for abs and thighs…
Post # 13
Cardio indeed. I’ve read some material saying you should at least do 30 to 40 mins of cardio because that’s when your body starts the fat burning. When you get the hang of that, go for interval training to really ramp up the fat burning.
My trainer also swears it helps if you walk around flexing your abs…in other words, walk around, sucking in your tummy.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
There is this standing exercise that Billy Blanks does a lot of in his workout videos. You’re basically in a squat, and you hold your arms out 90 degrees at the elbow, and twist your waist from side to side. It’s very good at toning and slimming up your midsection, especially when combined with lots of cardio!
Post # 15
Like most everyone else said — CARDIO! Crunches and sit ups will bulk up the muscles “under the flab” so it’s pointless to do them until you’ve lost a bit of your stomach. One big tip, though. You know those leg lifts you can do while lying flat on your back? AWESOME for your lower tummy no matter where you are in cardio-land!
Post # 16
thats cute, sometimes when i am looking at my pudgy tummy, i think, am i pregnant? no i am not.