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is it possible to lose a pot belly without exercise??


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so i realise this has probably been posted before, but i couldnt find much.. ive been using CC for about 2 weeks and after upping my calorie intake to 1200 a day (i was naive enough to think the less calories i ate, the more id lose :|) ive lost about 7lbs. HOWEVER i have a pretty round pot belly which i cannot shrink! ive tried sit ups, crunches etc in the past but didnt seem to make a difference.

so i guess my question is this: if i carried on eating 1200 a day, will i lose the belly eventually? or is inevitable that ill have to do exercise? (im fairly lazy fyi).

thanks in advance... :D xx

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I'm not expert but here's my two cents anyway:

Exercise will certainly help you - however, it doesn't need to be stomach related exercise unless you're trying to tone the muscles (but you won't see the muscles if they're covered with fat anyway). It helps because you're burning energy and because it's good for you.

 

You will lose weight and some of that will be off of your stomach... however, 1200 calories is very little and your metabolism will likely slow and you will probably plateau before long. I'd advise upping your intake and doing some light exercise.

 

 

I'm afraid to say that there is no such thing as "spot weight loss". Your body chooses where you lose fat, regardless of what exercises you do. By doing crunches, you aren't burning fat around your tummy (well, you might be, but thats just a result of exercising in general), you are building muscle. If you are trying to lose fat, I'd suggest a nice healthy balance of cardio and general strength training.

 

Anyways, yes, its absolutely possible to lose fat without exercise, but its not recommended. If you simply diet without strength training, part of the weight you lose will not only be fat, but also muscle. The less muscle you have, the less calories your body burns per day, which will make it harder to lose weight. Definitely try to do at least SOME type of strength training, even if its just 20 minutes, 3 days a week.

 

EDIT: As the person above me said, 1200 isn't enough. 1200 calories is the bare minimum for a small, sedentary female. If you are even SLIGHTLY exerting yourself throughout the day (even if it just means light walking at your job or something), you'll likely need to be eating closer to 1500-1600 a day.

What do you mean by potbelly? Flab? That will mostly go away if you keep going to the gym and watching what you eat (although 1200 is far too low. Chances are you hit a plateuy quickly and then give up)

You might also have a case of bad posture or gas. Gas can be caused by several things. Pulses, obviously, but also stress, food intolerances (not allergies, but things your body has a hard time breaking up) etc. etc.

Read up a bit about it online. but whatever you choose to do: 2 Weeks is nothing. It probably took you quite a while to get your belly - you won't get rid of it in a month.

Oh and one more thing: My shortest way to a flatter belly were Callanetics. Terribly boring, so I couldn't keep it up, but it worked while I was at it- and quickly at that. You can find books on Amazon. Try the 30 day plan. That does help 'spot-reduce' somewhat.

Wow....7 pounds in two weeks is a lot! Wish I could lose half as quickly!

lbcbtt is correct...no such thing as spot weight loss. Your pot belly is what my hips and thighs are to me and the only thing that affects them is overall weight loss. I can lunge, squat, cycle till the cows come home but nothing will make them reduce at a faster rate! So hang in there and do whatever it is you are doing cuz it seems to be working allright!

......I have also noticed that the first place to accumulate fat is the last to let it go. Any thoughts?

You would be better off eating more and adding some weight training.  If you just eat the bare minimum you could risk going into starvation mode and your body will begin to store fat especially in your stomach.

thanks or all your help guys..i noticed the general theme being to eat more, and do some cardio! I will do my best :) thanks again..xx

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you cant spot lose, but if you work the biggest muscles in your body the fat will shrink faster. Look up squats and lunges. some small weights etc. use the pot belly as a tool to lift and it will get smaller. mine has

The number of calories to eat is an individual thing- something you have to decide on through research, advice and experience. 1200 calories for me (5'8, 136lb, moderate exercise, 52yo female) is perfect- no starvation mode, gradual (1-2 lb/week) weight loss, no cravings. I work out at the gym 3x week, I am a teacher, so no outlandish calorie needs, but a reasonable, healthy diet and activity level. I went from 156 to 136 in a little over a year using the 1200 calorie routine for several months at a time, then maintaining (about 2000 cal on maintenance)when I needed a break from counting, and back to 1200 to continue the weight loss. It worked for me, and I am healthier than I have ever been.

I have a pot belly when I quit watching my calories. When I keep my weight between 130-134, my belly goes away. I do not do crunches, but I do a few ab-specific exercises at the gym so that when the fat goes, there is muscle to help support my back. The muscle also helps when I am having a photo taken and I want to "suck it in" Laughing.

The bottom line is find the right # of calories for YOU, keep going on the cardio for all-over health benefits, and get in an exercise routine that you can enjoy and keep up for the rest of your life-losing weight is about lifestyle changes. Changes are hard at first, but once they become routine, your life is easier and healthier. Feeling good and feeling good about yourself are the best gifts you can give yourself!

Congratulations on a great start!

Watching Dr OZ I learned that citrus fruits work on the belly fat or the omentum as he calls it. I do not understand why but I have started adding oranges to my diet. Too early to tell yet.

Original Post by jewelerdave:

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you cant spot lose, but if you work the biggest muscles in your body the fat will shrink faster. Look up squats and lunges. some small weights etc. use the pot belly as a tool to lift and it will get smaller. mine has

by any chance did you also expend more energy (calories) than you took in? because that is the only way to lose weight.

it doesn't matter where the fat lives; if you want it to go away, you have to move more and/or eat less.  simple.  

Someone may have already said this but, here's my advice:

For the record, people keep saying there is no such thing as spot weight-loss, but there is, for small things.  However, once you have more than a certain amount of weight to lose, it might not be too effective.  I say that it does work, because it has worked for me (doing push-ups to get rid of that little bit of fat by your armpits; doing targeting exercises to narrow your waist, etc).  For something as "big" as a belly, I tend to agree with everyone else's advice that you will need overall weight-loss to get rid of it.

You describe yourself as 'lazy' when it comes to exercise, and while you can probably get rid of your belly by calorie cutting alone, it will be healthier and easier for you if you include exercise.  The goal of this website is to help people make healthy changes to last a lifetime - not simply a quick fix (such as a crash diet!). 

I recommend some self-reflection - think about what kind of physical activity you would enjoy, or like, or at least not hate, and add that to your regimen.  This could be something as simple as walking more, playing team sports, or watching TV while you do whatever exercise to distract yourself.  You want to make a change to last a lifetime - make it as easy as possible!

Original Post by g0dzilli:

For the record, people keep saying there is no such thing as spot weight-loss, but there is, for small things. 

For the record, exercising a particular muscle will in NO way reduce the amount of fat that covers that muscle.  You might change the appearance of fat by building up some muscle, or you might luck out and happen to lose some fat from there as part of your overall fat loss, but working a muscle will not burn that fat preferentially.

In my perspective, it is a mistake to consume only 1200 Calories or less. Personally, I assumed that if I consume less Calories, I will loose more weight. But I was wrong. When I was consuming around 1400-1700 Calories per day and doing some exercise (walking for 30 minutes a day), I lost weight (be it half a pound or one pound per week). But, then I assumed that If I eat less than 1200, then may be I loose more weight. But it back fired and I was not loosing weight anymore. I think the body went into starvation mode and tried to store the fat, etc.

So, one should eat more frequently in small quantities and consume the appropriate required number of Calories. Any exercise routine , say walking-30 minutes per day is very effective. Otherwise, if you simply cut down your intake, you will not loose weight in the long run, but only end up feeling hungry all the time.

There is no specific exercise that is going to target a particular region of fat. Simply put, the muscles under the fat do not "own" the fat cells covering them. The only way to lose the "pot belly" is to eat a BALANCED diet, increase your output (exercise) and control your input (which you are doing but my guess is the previous poster is right; you are probably not eating enough calories.... consult a registered dietitian/nutritionist) and lose fat overall.

Target training can tone the muscles themselves but no exercise will just melt a single area of fat.

There was a scientfic study (no I don't have the link but I am sure you can google it) that showed that rats that ate blueberries (dried powder- the only way to feed it to them) lost weight in the stomach area.  It is hypothesised that the same effect would be seen on humans.  Blueberries are good for you and should also reduce cholesterol.

I think the best way to reduce abdominal fat is lots of water and fiber, low processed sugar and sodas, and decent amounts of cardio.  I have dropped 18 lbs and gone from a tight 18 pants to a barely snug 14 in about 3 months trying this.  I do not eat enough fiber still and only excersise average 1-2 times a week (need to do more, but I have 3 kids and gym time is hard to find). It is working.  Not sure how many waist inches but the only reason my pants are ever tight is waist.  Hips and legs are thin.

"Pot Belly" can be interpreted in more than one way.  If your are talking about fat accumulated in your midsection then you will need to lose weight to get rid of it.  You can't spot reduce as mentioned above so you will have to lower your body fat percentage until the belly fat is gone.

If you are talking about a protruding belly caused back lack of muscle tone in your abdomen then you will need to exercise to improve this.  Core exercises will strengthen and tone these muscles to improve your posture and will result in a flatter appearance in the stomach area.

Cardio is what will really help you with that.  If you do 20 min. of cardio (i.e. eliptical, running, etc.) now then you want to up it to 30 or 40 min.  It will take out off of the plateau as well. 

Try toning your back muscles.  By toning your lower back it will pull your front midsection together & tighter too. 

Also, the stomach is the hardest, and most likely the last place a person will loose and may always have "some" there.  Sometimes your body will shift it's mass before "exiting".  So you may notice your legs and arms getting slimmer but some days even your stomach seems bigger.  Keep the cardio up and it will pass.  (Fat cells can deposit into your stomach). 

Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. of water.  You have to keep your system flushed.  Water will flush your cells and organs.  Fiber will keep your body from digesting the sugary fats that would normally absorb into your system.

Lastly, grapefruit. 

Good luck!

I have been told before that alcohol tends to settle in the belly area and that yogurt and dairy products helps to control belly fat.  Any ideas as to the validity of this?

Original Post by trhawley:

If you are talking about a protruding belly caused back lack of muscle tone in your abdomen then you will need to exercise to improve this.  Core exercises will strengthen and tone these muscles to improve your posture and will result in a flatter appearance in the stomach area.

and if you're talking about a protruding belly caused by poor nutrition, that's another problem.

Original Post by jkmcivor:

I have been told before that alcohol tends to settle in the belly area and that yogurt and dairy products helps to control belly fat.  Any ideas as to the validity of this?

excessive alcohol consumption leads to a fatty liver and visceral fat.  but that's in cases of prolonged alcohol abuse.  yogurt and dairy will cause you to bloat if you're lactose intolerant.  i bloat when i eat certain breads; haven't figured out yet which ingredient(s) cause it.  

but bloat isn't fat.

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