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WHY DON'T I LOOSE IN MY STOMACH??? Grrr....


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Grrr, I loose all of my weight in my chest (lame because I am small there) and my thighs, which I have no problem with my thighs. WHY DON'T I LOOSE INCHES IN MY STOMACH? Maybe it's because I'm on my period and I am bloated, but still, are there any tricks to loosing tummy inches???
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I'm the same way.  Its a curse.  I didn't look at your profile, but you're probably naturally slender to begin with.  Those are the body types that tend to hold weight in the tummy.
Aw man! That sucks! I am also Italian and my  famliy is known for having BIG tummies and teeny legs (it's sooo funny, my dad is an XXL for shirt while his pants are a medium!)
me too, I felt like if I just took a kife and got cut off my belly I would be so content with myself.  (I'm not serious about that) I've looked up stuff on how to get rid of it and the results I found are just to loose weight all around because there is no such thing as spot reduction.  Also don't focus on one area like abs and do 400 sit ups a day because it can build the muscle mass under the fat layers and actually make you look larger instead of more slender. grrrr.
ballerinanina - I'm italian too : )

I assure you that you see it more than anyone else does. 

okay.  if anyone knows the answer to this, i would adore them to bits.

the only one's i also read about are to lose weight all over coz as maefilly said, no such thing as spot reduction (sucks!).

I was reading health.com and they said that you should try dolphin planks and cardio, each 3 times a week.  Planks you should do in a 40-second set, a 1.5 minute set, and a 2.5 minute set, while you should do cardio (and other activities) with a good posture.

 http://www.health.com/health/article/0,23414,1703472,00.html

 Also, Vitamin C, protein, omega-3's and olive oil are the foods and vitamins you should concentrate on.

 Hope that helps! 

i am so trying that!

 

Thanks!

thats dumb about not doing sit ups.  Old wives tale.   try cutting carbs.
No, I think the not doing sit ups was kinda true.

Normal sit ups are great for toning, but if she uses weights I would expect them to make the muscles bigger.

I would recommend pilates. Its never worked well for me, but everyone else raves about it
i've heard that planks work best for losing inches around the waist, you can do the normal ones and planks to each side, but its not going to happen over night you have to keep up with doing them. and they are awesome bc they work just most muscles so its killing multiple birds with one stone.
Alright, without getting too scientific on you or anything, please let me explain to you how to fix your problem.  You are describing what is known as skinny fat. A person with a little fat around the midsection but no real muscle tone to speak of either.  Some of the posters here are correct, you cannot spot reduce fat; at least not w/o lipo.  If you do 400+ crunches a day or 40 planks a day you will build muscle underneath the fat, actually causing your belly to get bigger.  So the simple solution to this is to actually work out your entire body.  I'm not telling you to go bulk up like some roid freak or something, but you actually need some muscle to help you burn the fat.  If you would do a little (low weight, high rep) exercise, followed by 20-30 min of cardio, you would build a very little amount of muscle and burn mega calories.  Also be sure to figure out you aerobic heart rate, and while doing the cardio keep your HR near the max of your aerobic HR range.  Of course you also have to make some effort with your diet as well... remember it takes consuming 3500 less calories than what you use to burn 1 lb of fat.  Hope this helps and if you need any clarification or would like more info, please ask.
cardio crunches.. thats all i know

^ the thing is you can do that, burn fat until the cows come home and you'll get down to a really low weight, anorexic weight even and still have the belly fat that sits there and sticks out and never seems to go away. *sigh*

 i have seriously considered liposuction when i'm older to achieve a flat belly because even when my bmi was around 15 it still had a little buldge. >_>

Original Post by joanne811:

^ the thing is you can do that, burn fat until the cows come home and you'll get down to a really low weight, anorexic weight even and still have the belly fat that sits there and sticks out and never seems to go away. *sigh*

i have seriously considered liposuction when i'm older to achieve a flat belly because even when my bmi was around 15 it still had a little buldge. >_>

 I think the OP is a minor (I could be wrong) so some pertains to her and some to the other posters.

Are you all talking about an all over belly bulge or mainly under the belly button. And here is why I ask that. Under the belly button and particularly the closer you get to the pubic bone is always going to be a slight bulge or curvature there. Even women I have seen that are really skinny have a slight bulge there. This is because we have extra organs there (the uterus and ovaries). If you have had kids the bulge maybe a little bigger (I have had 4 and I don't think I'll ever have a flat flat tummy I will always have a bigger bulge). So keep that in mind if its just a slight bulge it may just be the uterus showing through.   

Thanks momoto2siameses! I always had that little bump there, and I was dying to get rid of it! It's nice to know that all women have that.

I do have a lot of muscle (being a dancer), it's just there is this thin layer of fat on my stomach that I just want to reduce.

I heard Curves (the gym) works to loose stomach inches. Is this true???

THanks for all of the tips!

Someone above said that slender women tend to hold on to fat on their stomachs- not necessarily true. I am fairly slim and I have always had a flat stomach, basically I don't carry fat from my hip bones up at all. From the hips down though is quite a different story- just like my mother, hips, thighs and butt is where I put the fat on if I gain weight.

Everyone has different genetics and will tend to carry fat in different places, whether naturally slim or not.

If you are already fairly slim all you can do is to keep your core muscles strong, which has lots of benefits other than just looking like you have a flat stomach- posture improves, back pain is prevented.

 Try Pilates or yoga to tone core muscles- if you do Pilates a couple of times a week for about 6 weeks you will notice a difference. 

 

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Someone above said that slender women tend to hold on to fat on their stomachs- not necessarily true. I am fairly slim and I have always had a flat stomach, basically I don't carry fat from my hip bones up at all. From the hips down though is quite a different story- just like my mother, hips, thighs and butt is where I put the fat on if I gain weight.

Everyone has different genetics and will tend to carry fat in different places, whether naturally slim or not.

If you are already fairly slim all you can do is to keep your core muscles strong, which has lots of benefits other than just looking like you have a flat stomach- posture improves, back pain is prevented.

Try Pilates or yoga to tone core muscles- if you do Pilates a couple of times a week for about 6 weeks you will notice a difference.

 

 I don't know if you were referring to me but I am gonna comment anyway. I did not mean to imply that the bulge is fat. If it was taken that way it was not my intent. What I mean is that we have a uterus and it does show through. Usually not a lot. But enough of a bump that shows you have a uterus. Also if you have had kids the uterus is now a little bigger so that bulge may be more noticeable.

Now that I have read up a little more on stomach fat, I am starting to wonder if most of mine is muscle, because the fat does not sag, has no cellulite, and doesn't jiggle at all (only a tad below the belly button). Does this mean that it is mostly muscle?
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It is normal to have a slight buldge or curvature there so don't mess with that I think. If it's too much (like me.. i've had someone ask before if i'm pregnant Cry) then you probably can reduce it with cardio (like elliptical or walking.. thats working for me) and light ab exercises. Unless it's a huge fat pouch that looks like you're 5 months pregnant, i wouldn't worry about it too much! Smile But if anyone has anymore suggestions on how to reduce a really big buldge, then i'd be very interested to know!!

 

*Pooja*

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