Post # 1
So me and Darling Husband planned to get fit before the wedding and it didn’t really happen lol but since then we started using my fitness pal to track our calories and it’s been keeping us in check. We used to eat a lot of junk food and never exercised. It’s been about 2 months now and Darling Husband lost about 15 lbs and I’ve lost 2. Thing is, I realized that although I definitely know I need to eat healthier, I don’t need to lose weight. I’m 5’5 and 110 lbs. MY problem is my midsection. Everyone always tells me that I’m so skinny and I don’t need to lose weight but I am super insecure about my tummy because I do have a tummy even though I’m thin. It’s hard to keep motivated because Darling Husband just eats healthier and has been dropping weight but dieting isn’t going to work for me. All I want is to tone up but I’m not sure where to start.
My question is what method has effectively help you lose that tummy and tone up?
Post # 3
Sadly there really isn’t any guaranteed way to target a particular section with weight loss BUT the best way to tone your tummy is running.
If you are not accustomed to running try walking briskly with sprints thrown in and eventually you will find you can sprint longer and faster each time.
Post # 4
You can’t spot treat, but abs are made in the kitchen. I personally recommend a paleo diet, and whatever kind of exercise you enjoy most!
Post # 5
South Beach diet, no question. It succeeded where hundreds of crunches had failed.
Post # 6
Eat less, move more. That’s pretty much the solution.
Post # 7
Running is the best way for me to drop weight (not just in/around my tummy).
You can try something like Couch to 5K or Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk to get started. I really like the training plan in the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running.
Post # 8
Pilates and yoga.. (pilates comes from yoga.. so something like that). Ab workouts are your only sure answer..
However, I feel like the best thing as far as food goes is any foods that aren’t processed. Processed foods cause inflammation, so even if you’re thin you will still have a distended belly. Eat real food!
And since belly fat is caused by cortisol, you need to do some things that will help reduce the amount of cortisol your body produces even if you are stressed. Massages and yoga are awesome for that (shameless self-promotion here). If I get massages regularly and do yoga, I can handle stress SO much better. It doesn’t take over like usual. And I personally find that my weight stays more stable… I think its because it levels the corisol but also because they give you a good confidence boost. =)
Post # 9
Changing my diet, no doubt.
Cutting out soda and sugary drinks, and processed foods.
Post # 10
STOMACH FLU LOLOLOLOL! Lost four pounds in two days, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!!!
…in all seriousness do not recommend this method, it’s the suck. If you drink, especially beer or sweet sugary drinks, try cutting out that (but maybe not completely ;)). I’ve seen that method work for a couple of people.
Post # 11
@Torrid: I agree I noticed when I was fasting for lent one of the many things I gave up was anything with sugar I only drank water and orange Juice and NO sweets at all… and I lost so much weight in my mid section … I starting feeling less bloated and was even breathing better…
I went back to my old ways slowly and gained it all back now i’m stuck with a pouch LOL that I hate
Post # 13
Thanks ladies! I think running is best, I just hate it lol. I did see a difference when I used work less hours and had plenty of time to exercise and go running. I guess the other part is trying to stay motivated. I rarely drink soda or beer so that’s not an issue, it’s probably the processed food or the occasional stress. Even though my tummy has shrank a bit it’s gonna be tough to get toned. I know I have to get up and move, just wondering what work out routines work best. I guess a combo of running and yoga?
Post # 14
@Torrid: Yes. When I cut out sugar, I swear my belly shrinks within 2 days. However, I love me some baked goods! Just try and eat it in waaaaay moderation.
Planks. Planks and oblique work will help flatten your stomach. Vigorous walking with speed intervals. On the stationary bike, sit straight up and do not use the handle bars…great core work. Agree that diet really is the key for your stomach, but these exercises are what work best for me.