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  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    I know it sounds cliched, but I fully believe in the whole 'abs are made in the kitchen' thing. You have to make sure that you're eating a healthy, well balanced diet first -- plenty of veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. I'm not sure about exercises other than crunches and such that are specifically good for your midsection, but I do know that there are some machines at my local gym that target the different areas of your abs. If you have a gym membership it might be worth talking to someone about the machines and which you might be able to do without putting strain on your back. Also, cardio is pretty much good for losing fat everywhere. Things like brisk walking, jogging, swimming, whatever you can do to get your heart rate up. Good luck!
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    This is just to share my personal experience and may not be applicable to you. Few years ago, I had a waist size of 31.5 inches and weighed 146 pounds. I am overweight with the typical pear shape body. Now, I have a waist size of 28 inches and weigh 123 pounds. Still room to improve but much better than before.
    I started with Pilates to strengthen the core. I also did some cardio exercises daily (e.g. walking, interval training, stationary bike, elliptical trainer, swimming, etc) and resistance exercise (e.g. pull down, Chin & Dip, etc). I feel that the elliptical trainer is especially helpful to trim down belly fat and yet not hurting the joint nor back. At work, try not to sit all the time.
    In addition, I plan my meal to significantly reduce simple carbohydrates, trans fat and saturated fats from my diet e.g. bakery food, animal skin/fat, refined grains, butter, cheese, soda, juice, etc.
    Overall, I believe it is a combination of exercise and diet to get the result.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    Please clarify if you mean your stomach (at and above the navel) or abdomen when you say belly.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    I also have a back injury, i do core exercises if i exercise at all. I never starve, but watch carbs and sugar intake and see the scale lower and belly disappear, however slowly. With more activity i see more but its really all in the diet. Eat lots of eggs!
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    Unfortunately, you cannot target reduce, target tone--yes, but not target reduce. This is done through overall weight loss. If you tone or build those abs w/o losing weight, it will look as you've gained because this weight is sitting on top of a firm foundation.

    My advise is to be patient! Keep up your commitment of overall health and nutrition and you will lose that stomach.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    Planks, planks, planks. They isolate your core muscles. I just started literally yesterday, I challenged myself. 2 minute 15 sec plank ( I lasted 1 minute) which is pretty good for my age, 3 minute 15 second squats. Do them in a chair trust me on this. Push ups. squats strengthen the muscules around your knees. push ups for your upper back and core and planks are core, arms, back. Give it shot.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    I think you've gotten some really great tips from other members here! Just wanted to add this slideshow that has some more tips on how to strengthen your abs and banish belly fat :) http://wb.md/2u887PK
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    This is a common misconception...that a specific exercise like sit-ups will help you lose midsection weight. So, I will offer you some insight. As you lose weight, it most commonly is lost in extremities, and starts from the outside going in. Think of your body inside a circle with your arms and legs stretched out. As the circle closes in, those are naturally the areas losing fat. The last place to really lose it and that takes the longest is around your belly. Weight loss is a reflection of fat loss. Fat loss is attained through burning it off. You need to be eating smarter and watching your macros. If you operate at a slight calorie deficit from your BMR, you will start to slowly burn through calories. As you burn them, that is fat shredding off your body. Last bit of fat to go is your belly. Exercises aid in overall health and fitness and muscle gain. This includes any midsection work. But, exercise serves to strengthen the underlying stomach muscles (you can have a six-pack hidden under fat!). It just will not be visible because you have not burned through fat. So, up your exercise overall. Anything works. Walking, swimming, controlled weight lifting, tennis, running, heck....yard work. Watch your diet....as that is what contributes to mid-section weight gain. And then over time...say 3 to 6 months, you should see yourself getting leaner and starting to shed that midsection weight. Good luck.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    This is a common misconception...that a specific exercise like sit-ups will help you lose midsection weight. So, I will offer you some insight. As you lose weight, it most commonly is lost in extremities, and starts from the outside going in. Think of your body inside a circle with your arms and legs stretched out. As the circle closes in, those are naturally the areas losing fat. The last place to really lose it and that takes the longest is around your belly. Weight loss is a reflection of fat loss. Fat loss is attained through burning it off. You need to be eating smarter and watching your macros. If you operate at a slight calorie deficit from your BMR, you will start to slowly burn through calories. As you burn them, that is fat shredding off your body. Last bit of fat to go is your belly. Exercises aid in overall health and fitness and muscle gain. This includes any midsection work. But, exercise serves to strengthen the underlying stomach muscles (you can have a six-pack hidden under fat!). It just will not be visible because you have not burned through fat. So, up your exercise overall. Anything works. Walking, swimming, controlled weight lifting, tennis, running, heck....yard work. Watch your diet....as that is what contributes to mid-section weight gain. And then over time...say 3 to 6 months, you should see yourself getting leaner and starting to shed that midsection weight. Good luck.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Struggling to lose belly fat

    sorry..accidentally posted twice. Apologies.