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I do cardio and I do yoga, strength training (sit-ups, push-ups, planks, etc) and even do ab videos, but the belly is still there.  Any ideas?  Is there cardio that focuses on teh belly?  I run, bike, and step aerobics now.

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abs re nearly all diet if you have a belly. if you're not eating properly to lose body fat, your crunches, etc and what not are only strengthening your core muscles.  cardio is a body-wide fat loss method; there's no cardio that can focus on losing fat on a certain body part, although they can certainly help tone a muscle group. if youre doing all that work and net getting reasonable results for your abs, you likely need to tighten up your diet regimen.

Why do people still buy into the myth of cardio for fat loss? We should long ago have put  The Final Nail in the Cardio Coffin - there are a lot of reasons to do cardio, your health and body will thank you for it in the long run, but fat loss isn't one of them.

 Similarly, yoga and other flexibility training and bodyweight endurance training has its benefits, but no, it's not strength training using progressive overload, and it won't give you strength training results, only actually engaging in resistance training will give you resistance training results.

 Training is more specific than people think - running won't make you a better swimmer, nor will biking make you a better runner. And more cardio won't make you leaner - that's the function of interval training, resistance/strength training using weights and circuit training.

 There are goal-appropriate training methods, and goal-inappropriate training methods. Please to be picking only goal-appropriate training methods if you want results that are in line with your goals.

^ I agree. I have belly fat issues too. I do my crunches and push ups but it only helps to support the belly fat. I do have to say it does give the appearance of a flatter tummy after doing my crunches but it is in the diet. Try a lower carb diet. I hate low carb diet b.c I love my breads but eating things like green beans(there are other veggies that are low carb but im picky and just like green beans) I eat only lean meats. I do eat my breads still but its usually whole wheat or multigrain breads or brown rice. Make oatmeal your friend too. get the low sugar ones or plain. I think they have low carb too or weight friendly something like that. But I wish you the best!

Thanks for the interesting article, Melkor.  I've been doing steady-state workouts six times a week with once-weekly interval training and weight lifting for a couple of years now, and while it's been effective at keeping me within my healthy weight zone, it's also not provided the sort of results I wanted in terms of definition and leanness.  I think I'll do some reading about circuit training and intervals and replace two or three of my steady state workouts with them.  We'll see how it goes!

Which foods are belly fat promoting?  I thought it was as long as you stay with in your caloric limit it really doesn't matter what you eat.  I must be eating belly foods too because i've had a belly even when I was 96lbs! it ws never flat.

Belly fat is the first to be put on when you gain and the last to go when you loose. The only way to get rid of belly fat is diet. What you eat. You can do ten million crunches, situps and so on but if you are not eating right (clean eating) the muscle will be covered with fat. No other way to fix that unless you are naturally built that way which most people are not.

You still have to workout, don't get me wrong. HIIT, hanging leg lifts, weight training, lunges, crunches, squats, pushups are all good core exercises.

Have any of you tried the "Flat Belly Diet" that was featured on GMA (about a year ago)??  I've been making the smoothies for my husband and I each morning...but it's kind of high in calories.  The idea sounds good, I just didn't know if it really worked.  So far, I guess it has worked a little for me...but then I'm only doing the smoothie : )

I have used the abs+ and leans+ supplements from Genuine Health and they helped (this was in combination with a good diet and exercise)! I need to get more but as they are kind of expensive I haven't been able to. These two made the inches fall away when I was working out and taking them.

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Thanks for all the info.  Maybe the carb thing is the issue because I have a pretty good diet (meaning I eat enough fruits and veggies, watch calories, watch fat/trans fat, portion control, whole wheat breads and very little junk) but I don't do the no carb thing so it's worth a shot

Nah, the no-carb thing is overrated - you need carbs to have the energy to do the kind of workout that'll power up your fat-burning. As long as you're going easy on the highly-refined carbs and finely ground flour, it's all good - eat whole grains, veggies, fruits, and in general anything that's as close to the natural state as practically possible, and you don't need to play silly-ass games with no-carb.

 You may want to increase your fat intake some - specifically, increase your fish oil intake. You can hardly crack open a journal of nutrition science these days without coming across another article on how fatty fish is good for you, so if you don't want to eat salmon or mackerel 3xweekly (oh, the horror of having to eat delicious salmon more often:-P) you could add in some cod liver oil or other fish oil because your body actually uses those to manufacture transport enzymes that carry the fat out of your fat cells ;)

 Any anaerobic activity will do to start with - try adding interval training to your runs or biking; should increase your fat loss some.

 Add in a bit of proper resistance training - you don't need much, the Mark Rippetoe Starting Strength or Sean10mm's "stripped" 5x5 routine is quite enough to stat with and should last you 3-6 months with the included suggested variations before you need to really do something else.

 Other than that though, there's just some patience inviolved. abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, and it will take a while to see results.
Original Post by melkor:

Nah, the no-carb thing is overrated - you need carbs to have the energy to do the kind of workout that'll power up your fat-burning. As long as you're going easy on the highly-refined carbs and finely ground flour, it's all good - eat whole grains, veggies, fruits, and in general anything that's as close to the natural state as practically possible, and you don't need to play silly-ass games with no-carb.

 You may want to increase your fat intake some - specifically, increase your fish oil intake. You can hardly crack open a journal of nutrition science these days without coming across another article on how fatty fish is good for you, so if you don't want to eat salmon or mackerel 3xweekly (oh, the horror of having to eat delicious salmon more often:-P) you could add in some cod liver oil or other fish oil because your body actually uses those to manufacture transport enzymes that carry the fat out of your fat cells ;)

 Any anaerobic activity will do to start with - try adding interval training to your runs or biking; should increase your fat loss some.

 Add in a bit of proper resistance training - you don't need much, the Mark Rippetoe Starting Strength or Sean10mm's "stripped" 5x5 routine is quite enough to stat with and should last you 3-6 months with the included suggested variations before you need to really do something else.

 Other than that though, there's just some patience involved. abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, and it will take a while to see results.

 Exactly!! Good post Melkor. The fat free no carb thing is a bunch of crap. You have to have fat and carbs to live and feel well. Try for more complex carbs and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, some saturated. You do not need transfats at all. The human body can live without transfat and should.

Whole grain breads, whole wheat/grain pasta, brown rice. Lean protein. And the fish oil is an excellent suggestion. I take that along with evening primrose and borage oil everyday.

 

I'm almost afraid to ask, Melkor, but where does my red wine consumption fit in as relates to retaining (or being unable to reduce) belly fat?  Anyone else have insight on this as it pertains to belly fat?   

I don't knwo if I competely agree with all of this. My mom was really big, and her eating habbits never changed, did a lot of cardio on a little bit of weights and nows shes really flat in the ab area. She was FAR from " eating clean" as you people call it. So I don't think that applies to everyone since I've seen with my own eyes working otherwise. How do you explain that?

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I don't knwo if I competely agree with all of this. My mom was really big, and her eating habbits never changed, did a lot of cardio on a little bit of weights and nows shes really flat in the ab area. She was FAR from " eating clean" as you people call it. So I don't think that applies to everyone since I've seen with my own eyes working otherwise. How do you explain that?

It's because overcompensation in terms of rhetoric leads to overcompensation in terms of rhetoric. That, and as much as "calorie is a calorie" is a mantra of CC, we all harbor this deep suspicion that it's lies, all lies. It also depends on how much weight you have to lose, and the stupid genetic stuff.

BUT, the offical response is "yeah, she did it that way. Imagine how much easier it would have been if she did it this way?"

It actually went really fast for her. Like superwoman fast. I think because of all these different variables there isnt a straight answer for everyone because we arent cookie cutters.  That's all...

Original Post by melkor:

Why do people still buy into the myth of cardio for fat loss? We should long ago have put The Final Nail in the Cardio Coffin - there are a lot of reasons to do cardio, your health and body will thank you for it in the long run, but fat loss isn't one of them.

Excellent article, thanks for the link. Got any on examples of interval routines sitting around by any chance?..  :)

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