Post # 1
I’ve been trying to lose 5 pounds for, oh… three years? Some background: I’m 5’1, very petite frame. I weigh 105, which I know isn’t much but it’s mostly all in my stomach. With that said, I have some serious ab muscle underneath this layer of fat so its not a need-to-gain muscle thing, its a need-to-get-rid-of-this-layer-of-fat thing. My stomach is probably the only area in my entire body that I have any excess fat – literally, my ribs and hip bones are visible. This means that when I’m standing sideways, my stomach sticks out and in my dress its pretty obvious. 🙁
I eat generally really well – I have always just preferred healthier foods, taste-wise. My biggest down fall, though, is my addiction to Coke. (The pop, not the drug :P) I’ve cut down, but still drink about a can a day, sometimes a can and a half. If I cut it out completely, do you think that will help me shed these 5 pounds of pure stomach fat? Is there any specific exercises I should be doing? (I’ve read that you can do crunches til the cows come home and it won’t help – plus, like I said, I already have some really good abdominal muscles, you just can’t see them under the layer of fat!)
I’m so frustrated. I really am.
Post # 3
You can’t just lose stomach fat. But yes, cutting out soda will help you lose weight. It’ll also be much better for your teeth and kidneys! I felt amazing after I quit drinking soda! It’s really hard at first – I craved the caffeine and the sugar, not to mention the fizziness. Just make sure you aren’t replacing soda cravings with eating sweets to satiate the sugar withdrawl!
Post # 4
Refined carbs, esp sugars, tend to cause you to put on belly fat and retain water in your abdomen. So yeah, I’d say getting the sugar out of your diet will help. Just don’t replace it with sugar somewhere else. 🙂
Post # 5
@californiaraisin: Well if you were addicted to the drug, I don’t think you’d be having this problem :p kidding, kidding! While it’s hard to say for sure, I definitely think it will help lose those extra pounds if you get rid of the soda. In my experience, the fastest way to burn up belly fat is cardio, but kickin’ the coke will definitely help!
Post # 6
@californiaraisin: Yes, not drinking soda can absolutely help. You’re probably drinking an extra 200 calories a day, which is 1,400 unwanted calories a week! I’d recommend a combo of cardio and circuit training w/weights. 80% nutrition 20% fitness. Good luck!
Post # 7
How about you switch to coke zero?
Post # 8
I think it would definetely help! Do you eat a lot of refined carbs? I’ve heard that can cause tummy fat too, I’m not sure how true that is though. I do find that if I go out to eat for pasta or something I end up pretty bloated- but thats not really the same as abdominal fat really. Hmm so I don’t know?!
I found my stomach and arms got tighter when I started running last summer (along with my legs but that is a given!). Maybe you could add that to your workout routine (if you don’t do it already).
Post # 9
@ginmar: I actually kind of avoid carbs – bread’s pretty much a non thing, I rarely eat pasta… its the sugar that kills me!
Thanks for all the advice, bees. Today is day 1 of a new me – no pop AND Fiance and I are going to the gym TOGETHER! (which is something I never thought I’d do — just another reason why I know I’m marrying the right guy for me… LOL) He used to play in the WHL so he knows a bunch of workout tips and tricks… wish us luck!
Post # 10
Yesterday I read about someone who plateaued for a long time (I think months) and couldn’t lose those last 5lbs. But then she started switching to warm water with honey, and lost like 4lbs in the first week. Just wanted to pass that along. Good luck!
Post # 11
@MadTownGirl: Brilliant! I am at a point where I’m willing to try anything cause this has gotta go! Thanks very much 🙂 This is why I love the ‘Bee
Post # 12
@californiaraisin: Let me see if I can find the thread (to make sure I’m posting correct info!)……BRB
Edit: Ok, check out this thread. Post #11 talks about the honey water (and it might help with missing the sweetness of soda):
Post # 13
Either way, drink a lot more water and that should help too. I switched from diet cola to water and increased my water intake and I feel so much better and it helped me break my plateau a bit. Good luck!
Post # 14
@californiaraisin: If you are fit, and you just have some pudge over your stomach, I actually DO think that dropping soda (and a few other changes) really will help you to shed a bit of what is hiding your abs.
First, stop drinking soda. It has some creepy effects, anyway. It also is dehydrating, which may be your biggest problem. What’s more, there’s no good reason for drinking your calories instead of eating them. 🙂
After your drop the soda, up your water intake and lower your sodium! Sodium actually attracts water, so by lowering your itnake, you’ll be able to lose a bit of water weight (which is probably hanging out with the fat cells over your stomach area). Upping your water intake will also signal to your body that you are regularly getting water, and that it does not need to store as much long term for your survival.
Upping your water will also help you to stay fuller for longer (drink a glass 15 minutes before your meals, and drink another while eating to aid in digestion and keep you from choking) which naturally helps you to eat less. If you have a problem with portion control, this can really help. Also, when you drink soda at a place that refils it (restaurant) you tend to drink a lot more. It makes you feel thirsy, so you just drink what’s in front of you constantly.
And whatever you do DO NOT START DRINKING DIET SODA! That stuff creeps me the eff out!
Post # 15
I think all the Bees have good advice for you, but at 5’1 and 105, with good muscle tone, I’m sure your stomach doesn’t stick out that much. I think as long as you keep eating healthy and working out, you’ll look beautiful in your gown.
Post # 16
The only thing I did to lose weight for my wedding was to switch from two cans of regular coke a day to one can of Diet Dr. Pepper. I didn’t exercise and I didn’t change my diet.
I lost 10 pounds.
I can’t honestly say that I attribute it all to losing the soda. It could have been stress on top of it. But after the wedding I continued on my one can of Diet a day and never gained the weight back (almost 2 years later).