Post # 1
About two months ago, I joined the local rec center and love it. I’ve been taking pilates, yoga, and a few other training and cardio classes. I can definitely feel differences (i.e, not about to fall over/puke during cardio classes..haha) but would love suggestions about specifically targeting my belly fat. I have rolls…gross..that just don’t seem to go away. 🙁
Post # 3
Honestly, the best way is to run. Crunches work, but they only create muscle. The only way to actually get rid of the fat is cardio. Good luck!!
Post # 4
I second the running thing, supplemented with sit-ups and push-ups (even just a few–it’s amazing how fast you can build up strength) for ab definition. That works best for me. Good luck!
Post # 5
Run or eliptical. Running is faster, but man does it suck. Eliptical and eat less fat. Change your diet to mainly lean protiens and veggies. It’ll get there. It’s boring but it will.
– I’m talking to myself as well. I’m small but hold all my fat in my front tummy. Drives me BONKERS.
Post # 6
Cardio, cardio, cardio. Strength training is also very important, but the best way to burn fat is cardio. You cannot spot-reduce, so there’s not some special magic belly fat exercise.
Post # 7
Cardio + weight training Push-ups are good. More protein and veggies and less carbs. It gets really boring to eat like that but it makes a big difference…plus once you loose the belly fat you can add back in fun foods but in moderation.
Post # 8
low carb! When I cut my carb intake, my belly pooch shrinks.
Post # 8
The only way to lose fat is to do intense cardio or circuit training. You can’t spot reduce though so you aren’t guaranteed that you will lose from your stomach only.
Don’t forget about improving your diet. Eating too much junk isn’t good for any weight loss plan.
Post # 9
More important that exercise, though, is diet. Are you controlling your diet at all? You can exersice until you’re blue in the face but if you’re not restricting your food intake, the fat in’t going anywhere. Good luck!
Post # 10
Personally here is my experience:
I was always very active. I run quite a bit. Used to run anywhere from 20-40 miles a week, worked out with weights & did core exercises, but I could NEVER get rid of my belly I had. Ever since getting engaged I have started working out with a trainer & she has me doing 60 minutes of cardio 3-4 times a week, & she has stopped me from getting all my cardio from running. She said my body was too used to running & I needed to do something else. I also do strength training 3 times a week but most of all my diet has changed. I never used to eat bad, but I am now eating anywhere from 100-150 g of protein a day & I have found my belly has disappeared. I can feel my core has strengthed so much & I can honestly credit this to the change in my diet. Protein, protein,protein!
Post # 11
So, I’ve been doing Crossfit for several months now, and while I’ve definitely gotten stronger and in better shape, have finally come to accept that the weight, and the fat in particular, isn’t going to come off without modification to my diet. Would highly recommend paleo or primal blueprint, especially if you’re looking to drop belly fat (which is indicative of too many carbs, usually). There’s no such thing as ‘spot training’ to tone just a specific area if you’re not already pretty lean. You can build muscle, but to get definition you have to lose the fat that’s over it, and that’s most effectively done through a low-carb diet.
Post # 12
Eat Better. 80% of you will be made in the kitchen. You cant out exercise a bad diet or even a not so great diet or even a pretty OK diet. Look at the quality of your diet too, not just the caloric intake totals.
You want to lose fat and gain muscle. Cross functional exercises will get you the results best. Look into Tabata, crossfit, HIIT etc type exercises. (google)
Cardio alone is not what you want to do. Too much cardio will also burn your muscle, and muscle is what ups your metabolism and burns calories while at rest. Fat does not.
John Berardi has some great books and articles on the net.
Post # 13
I’m a runner, but as a PP said, my body is used to it and I’ve always had a little “pooch.” When I kickbox or spin, my abs look instantly defined. Some people gain weight in their boobs, I do in my lower stomach :(. Cutting out carbs helps me debloat.
Right now it sounds like you’re staying active. Have you adjusted your nutrition accordingly? You’d be amazed at how easy it is to underestimate caloric intake. If not, it may just take some time. I know, it’s not the answer you want to hear, but eventually if you keep it up and get through plateaus you’ll see a big difference.
Post # 14
Abs are definitely made in the kitchen.
So in addition to your workouts, you’re really gonna need to clean up your diet.
Post # 15
What does your diet look like? I’m starting to realize that diet is just as important (if not more so) than exercise. If you can cut out processed foods and stick with more natural foods (ie: basic lean protein, tons of veggies, etc.) that should do the trick.