Post # 1
So I have never, ever had a flat stomach, even when I was like 10, it always stuck out.when I was like 16 and 100 pounds my grandma asked me if I was pregnant. My question is have any of you really gone from a pot belly to a flat, really flat stomach? Is this even possible? I have seen bigger people loose weight and get a flat stomach but even when they were bigger you could tell it was flat, just had more fat in it. Know what I mean?
Post # 3
I always had a pooch. After freshman year of college I lost about 20 lbs and started weight lifting. I do a lot of core exercises and now I have a flat stomach.
Post # 4
@MrsElopement: thats awesome! Did you change your diet too?
Post # 5
I’m not sure if this counts or what you are looking for but– I lost about 15 pounds and went from 145/147 to 130/132 (I am also 5’8) and I noticed my stomach and boobs were the first to go in my case. I think it is possible to reduce the fat/ tone up but a lot of it is also genetics. HOW your body loses the weight is a big piece of the puzzle
Post # 6
No, but I think pregnancy had a lot to do with it. I should probably do more toning, too.
Post # 7
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You need to tone your core. Do planks and hovers. Sit ups will help sculpt but they do practically nothing for functional strength and take longer to produce results, so planks are the way to go. I’m overweight, but my stomach area is flat and smooth, no pot-bellying at all. I teach a group fitness class with a pilates core element and that is definitely responsible. As I continue to lose weight, the smooth, but lovingly padded layer of fat over my rock hard abs is going down.
Post # 8
Thanks! This gives me hopes!
Post # 9
I think diet has a lot to do with it too. I lost my pooch when I did a detox and went off sugar/wheat/dairy for 3 weeks. Of course i re-introduced them all and the pooch came back 🙂
Post # 10
I know what you mean! It is also about what you are eating! There are foods that actualy trigger belly fat! I know right! I wish I would have known about this in High School! The right nutrition with the planks and core workouts that everyone is recommending will do it! But in your case (our case), doing planks and core workouts without eating the right foods will not give you results. Intead your “muscle built under your fat” will actually make your tummy look MORe out! If you want a good start in to nutrition I highly recommend this online nutritionist/coach that actually lets you know what ypur metabolism type is in order to burn the most fat possible! I lost 25 pounds my first month by simply being cautious and learning how to speed up my motabolism. And to my surprise: the healthy foods I was eating “wheat bread, oJ, Soy milk and may more” were retaining my stomach fat! I was losong weight everywhere but my stomach! Now I DO have a flat stomach!
here is the link if you want to check it out:
I just want to educate and let everyone know that you CAN have that flat stomach you always dreamed about! I was silly to think that “this is just the way I am.”
Message me if you have any questions:) hang in there bee!
Post # 11
This is absolutely possible. The non-negotiable is that you have to eat a “clean” diet. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, and lots of water. No sugary drinks and no processed foods.
Core and ab excercises will definitely help with muscle definition, but the only way you’ll actually be able to see those awesome muscles you’re creating is by eating clean.
Post # 12
Posture and balance is great for your core. Both of these are focused on in Yoga, but you can practice good posture at home just by making sure to sit up straight and not walking hunched over.
Post # 13
I eat less carbs and my stomach goes down. I think a lot of pooch is bloating from bad carbs!
Post # 14
abs are made in the kitchen! 😉
Post # 15
I beg to differ with a lot of these comments, no offense. I weigh 98 lbs with a BMI of 18.5 and I still have a pooch! It’s just how my body is built. I guess with a TON of exercise I might be able to change it, but I eat totally healthy and its still there, so it’s definitely not diet related for me.
To clarify: I haven’t always weighed 98 lbs. I lost 30 lbs last year on WW. Obviously my pooch was a lot bigger before but now I am the lowest healthy weight for me size and its still there.
Post # 16
I don’t know that I believe all of this either, but I REALLy want to. I have ALWAYS struggled with having a pooch. I am currently 5’5″, and 130 lbs and workout consistently and eat a healthy diet. The only time I felt like i didn’t have a pooch was when I was working out much more than I already do (which is at least half an hour 5x per week) and eating nothing but boiled chicken tenders, broccoli and a tiny bit of plain pasta eery night for dinner cause I was single. Even then it still stuck out and I had to flex my stomach for it to not be poochy. Even when I have a strong core it still sticks out, what gives? I’d do anything to have a flat stomach for ONCE in my life! I must be missing something 🙁