I swear I eat an avg amount of calories and have a mild workout schedule. I can't seem to shave off the excess fat(looks/feels like skin) on my stomach/mid-section/back. I am a healthy weight and am active. I don't understand. I heard that crunches and specific stomach-related exercises won't do much to help. I need advice please!!
You will likely be happier with your body if you lift heavy and gain some muscle definition. I would recommend new rules of lifting for women as a possible starting place.
Wow...that's a little scary for me to contemplate...especially since I keep hearing that it is the mid-section fat that is the most likely to indicate problems like heart disease or stroke.
wow. no kidding. is there anything i can do or is that based on family history. i know my blood pressure is perfect and when i had my blood drawn everything was within normal range.
I am 5'7'' and 137. I know that is within the normal range and my complains are very very minimal. However, it is strange that I just can't seem to get rid of it. I am working on drinking more water...that is something I am terrible about.
Instead of losing weight , concentrate on reshaping your body by lifting heavy and following a good program. After a couple of months you will start to really like how strong and fit you will become. This will help you reshape your core to one that you will be happier with. There is an excellent book that you can buy for pretty cheap called New Rules of Lifting For Women that will lay it all out for you.
Thank you for the advice. I will definitely look into that book because I know/understand very little about weight lifting. It would be nice to have the confidence that males do in the gym when using weight equipment.
When you are close to ideal weight loosing body fat is very difficult. Far more "value for money" is if you target you tone and posture. The tummy looks bad partly due to posture. Lift free weights, even quite light to start with. This strengthens your "core muscle" which gives you a better more upright stance. Get in the habit of sitting with your back straight.
Do you drink a lot of beer? It makes your belly look fat because of the yeast.
Very, very interesting feedback. I really didn't even take into consideration my posture. I am certain my desk job is not helping me in this area. I will look up exercises related to the core area. Thanks!!
Fat distribution is genetic. Even when I was 40 pounds heavier, I was basically the same shape. Just wider.
At your weight, you don't need to worry about the abdominal fat thing. Even if you do tend to carry weight there, you're nowhere near heavy enough overall to have fat packed around your organs, and that's where abdominal fat is really harmful. People have had abdominal fat since the beginning of time but it didn't start killing us right and left until we became generally overweight, right?