Post # 1
I’m not entirely sure how much I weigh right now- I just know it is the most I have ever weighed and it is mostly in my tummy and thigh area. I really just want to lose my tummy but I want to be realistic- if I do pilates 5 days a week how much can I expect to tone in one week?
Realistically I think I only need to drop twenty pounds. But I feel like this will be very difficult because it is hard for me to commit to working out. Hopefully I can kick it into gear
I don’t really care about the numbers I just care about how my tummy looks. It’s kind of weird because my self image of myself is significantly more perfect until I look in a mirror and realize don’t have a cute flat tummy.
I might post pictures of progress if I gain the cahones to do so.
Edit: If I lose 35 lbs I’m still in healthy BMI apparently.
Post # 3
I found that the thing that helps most with tummy toning is cardio. If I just do pilates or just core work I can feel the strong abs…under a layer of fat. So when I want to define my stomach more I do more cardio to get rid of that outer layer and then focus on the toning. Good luck!
Post # 4
Try cutting out processed carbs and sugar for 4 weeks. I bet you’ll see a difference in your tummy!
Post # 5
I agree w the poster that said Cardio works.
Ive been running on the treadmill in preperation for the Wedding.
At first I did light weights but I wasnt losing the weight as fast as Id hope for.
( ex. 1 lbs in 2 weeks span)
Since I started running, Ive lost weight everywhere especially abround the Belly.
I think Cardio does wonders on women’s bodies!
Post # 6
@oracle: how does one cut sugar and processed carbs??
@accorn: i’m in the same boat!! i don’t care bout numbers, just want a flat tummy….
Post # 7
White flour (bread, bagels, wraps), sugar, chocolate, white rice, soda (pop), candy, etc, etc.
Post # 8
@Ugoob: I agree about cardio, especially running. But I think it’s best to combine that with weight training. Lifting as heavy as you can, even if it’s less reps, while maintaining proper form will really transform the shape of your body.
And of course, watching your diet is equally important too.
Post # 9
Ugh, today I think I ate everything that Lindsay05 listed… I’ve been trying to run 5k three times a week. I can tell that my legs have gotten way more toned, but my tummy is still squishy. Gotta start working on my diet now.
Post # 10
@MamaHusky3: you just stop eating them! 😉 Start eating food that isn’t full of ingredients.. meaning, food in it’s most natural state. It’s kind of a trip to start doing… and realizing how much crap we typically eat. I used to think my ‘healthy’ cereals and breads were really good for me… but, have you looked at ingredient lists lately? It’s full of all sorts of crap and some sort of sugar is usually in all processed foods. So, what’s left, you ask? Veggies, fruit, protein (ie: eggs, chicken, beef, pork). Once you cut all the processed foods and sugar, you will definitely notice a difference in your belly fat. For me, white flour and sugar make a HUGE difference (we are talking at least a belt loop!)
Post # 11
@MamaHusky3: I’m doing the south beach diet phase 1! That’s basically the same thing =) It’s not bad at all! I’ve already lost 3 pounds in 2 days!
Post # 12
I’ve posted a lot about this before.
You aren’t going to lose weight by doing pilates. If you are talking about losing fat, you need to burn it off. This means creating a calorie deficit. On average, 3000 calories equals 1 pound of fat. You need to decrease the calories you are intaking so that you are burning more calories during the day than you eat. Cardio will also help speed this process up because you are actively burning more calories than you would sitting at a desk. While pilates is great to tone muscles, it will not cause you to lose 20 pounds. An increase in muscles will raise your resting metabolic rate, which will help you burn more calories doing nothing, but this amount is very small.
1). Consume at least 500 calories less a day than you burn. This will cause you to lose 1 pound of fat per week (technically 6 days).
2). Drink a ton of water. This helps flush you out.
3). If you workout, keep the calorie deficit at 500 calories. Focus on cardio rather than muscle toning. Running for example is not only cardio, but also tones your muscles since it is a full body workout.
4). Do not eat carbs after 5:00 pm.