Weight Loss Support - When will my belly not sit on my lap????




bikinidreamer
07-17-2008, 11:19 AM
The scale shows weight loss. My husband sees weight loss. When the **** will my belly not sit on my thighs? I am down to 179 this week on Monday. I am sooo sick of this flab in my lower stomach area. I just don't know what to do. Any tips on how to lose this?:mad:


PhotoChick
07-17-2008, 11:38 AM
Keep losing. For most women, belly fat is the last to go, sorry to say. I am down to 165 and I still have mostly belly fat to lose.

Just keep eating healthy, exercising, and it will, eventually go away.

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PorkChopNoMore
07-17-2008, 11:40 AM
I am 5f 1 and now am at 158 and my tummy still is on my upper thighs. I HATE my stomach more than any body part, sadly I think its permanent :(


McKenziesmomma
07-17-2008, 11:45 AM
I agree with photochick. From what I understand about weight gain and loss...we are all different but for the most part the last fat you gained will be the first fat to lose....so say that last 5 lbs you put on was in your face or arms....then you will lose it in the face and arms first....since the stomach is the biggest area for storage in the body (or around the torso area I should say) it is the most logical place to begin storing body fat for most women...therefore since it is the first to come it will be the last to go. Think of it like this....lets say you are storing canned goods in the pantry for winter or something....when you start using the canned goods you stored...you will take from the last ones you put in...or the closest ones to you....you won't dig to the back of the pantry for the first ones you put in.

The only suggestion I can make is to make sure you strength train alot in the abdominal area....all of them....abs, trans abs (the bottom part) and obliques (sides)....the more muscle you build in that area the more fat you will burn in that area when you are doing cardio...remember muscle weighs more than fat but it burns fat very efficiently.....and then just think about how your abs will look when the fat is gone cause you have been working on them...you can find alot of different ab workouts as well as others at www.shape.com
Hope this helps...:goodluck:

vealcalf2000
07-17-2008, 12:04 PM
The scale shows weight loss. My husband sees weight loss. When the **** will my belly not sit on my thighs? I am down to 179 this week on Monday. I am sooo sick of this flab in my lower stomach area. I just don't know what to do. Any tips on how to lose this?:mad:

Oh gosh I feel for you because I'm in the same boat. I still have a lot more weight to loose but I swear it's all in my hanging belly. My arms are slim, my legs are large but not huge, but then you get to my big ole gut and it just frustrates me so bad. If it wasn't for my belly I'd probably be wearing a size 12 intead of an 18 pants. My friend has an ab lounger that I used a few times and it felt really good on the tummy, and she said she'd sell it to me for like $10 so I'm going to keep eating right, exercising, and next pay squeeze out the extra money and see if the ab lounger helps (it can't hurt!) Good luck to you, keep doing what you're doing. BTW, I didn't check your profile, but have you done any Before and After pics? You probably look much better than what you give yourself credit for.

cmichele1974
07-17-2008, 12:10 PM
Go to your nearest store selling exercise videos. Pick out 2, one that's yoga related and one that's Pilates related. Do one of them everyday but never do the same video 2 days in a row. Do this along with your cardio routine and you should see real results in 3 weeks tops.

lumifan4ever
07-17-2008, 12:15 PM
From my personal experience, i gotta agree it may be the last place you lose it from. I've lost 60 pounds and still got about another 15 to go (in my opinion) and that's all in the gut area. I know some of it is lose skin...when i bend over neeked (lol at sp!!), my lower belly just hangs away from my body. But, i also know there is plenty of fat still in there filling out that skin. Still got love handles on my sides and a much smaller back fat roll to get rid of.

PhotoChick
07-17-2008, 12:18 PM
Do this along with your cardio routine and you should see real results in 3 weeks tops.
Maybe, maybe not. I don't want you to get false hope here. You cannot "spot reduce" fat. The yoga and pilates will give you stronger tummy and core muscles, but until that fat melts away, you won't see those muscles.

However, working your core and abs is *always* a good thing! :)

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cmichele1974
07-17-2008, 12:22 PM
Maybe, maybe not. I don't want you to get false hope here. You cannot "spot reduce" fat. The yoga and pilates will give you stronger tummy and core muscles, but until that fat melts away, you won't see those muscles.

However, working your core and abs is *always* a good thing! :)

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The operative word here is *should*. Nowhere did I say it would melt away fat nor did I advocate spot training. The melting of fat will come from her cardio and dieting. Since she's here, I would assume that she is already dieting and exercising.

I got the impression that OP was asking what she could do to see more flattering results. What I mentioned earlier *should* help her plight.

Insatiable
07-17-2008, 12:33 PM
Lately I have had this same question. Thank you Photochick and Mckenziezmomma for your post. They make sense. I just hope it does goes away.

bikinidreamer
07-17-2008, 01:51 PM
The only suggestion I can make is to make sure you strength train alot in the abdominal area....all of them....abs, trans abs (the bottom part) and obliques (sides)....the more muscle you build in that area the more fat you will burn in that area when you are doing cardio...remember muscle weighs more than fat but it burns fat very efficiently.....and then just think about how your abs will look when the fat is gone cause you have been working on them...you can find alot of different ab workouts as well as others at
Hope this helps...:goodluck:

Thank you soooo much! This really help me out a lot. It gives me motivation to keep doing the ab training even though I am not seeing results... I had no idea of how it all worked.

Abbyjohn
07-17-2008, 01:57 PM
I totally understand this - I have lost 30 pounds but still must wear the same
size slacks - the thigh area is super baggy but the waist fits the same. My doctor said to have patience and just keep walking consistently (i'm up to a mile and a half on the treadmill each morning before work) and continue eating smaller portions and healthier food and that EVENTUALLY the stomach area will "catch up". I still have about 70 pounds to lose, so I sure HOPE some of it starts losing from that area! Good luck and don't give up.

lynnm39
07-17-2008, 02:55 PM
I hear ya'---I've ALWAYS been an apple-shape, i.e., with much of my weight concentrated in the middle. Right now, my stomach looks worse than it ever has because I've slacked off for a year (doing practically nothing).

I know that they say that you can't spot reduce, but I've had some success using the Firm 5-day ab routine, which is on a VHS tape that I bought from Target for $10 several years ago. On the box of the tape, it says that they "guarantee results" in 10 workouts. I thought that was just hype, but it turned out to be true for me. After two weeks of consistently doing that workout (5 days each week), my stomach does look firmer. My lower stomach normally hangs (gross visual, I know), but when I do the Firm ab tape, I see some lift there. No, it's not a miraculous change, but it is a change. Anyway, maybe that workout would help you.

yoyoma
07-17-2008, 03:12 PM
My lower abs are almost the last place to surrender my fat (my inner thighs are the real "winners" in this battle). The roll/overhang/flap on my lower ab is still there but much smaller. I think that if I lose another 10 lbs or so I will probably be rid of the actual roll (and be left with a small amount of bulge in its place -- that's what happened on my upper ab). I plan on lowering my goal weight because I really want to get rid of that overhang!

cmichele1974
07-17-2008, 03:12 PM
I hear ya'---I've ALWAYS been an apple-shape, i.e., with much of my weight concentrated in the middle. Right now, my stomach looks worse than it ever has because I've slacked off for a year (doing practically nothing).

I know that they say that you can't spot reduce, but I've had some success using the Firm 5-day ab routine, which is on a VHS tape that I bought from Target for $10 several years ago. On the box of the tape, it says that they "guarantee results" in 10 workouts. I thought that was just hype, but it turned out to be true for me. After two weeks of consistently doing that workout (5 days each week), my stomach does look firmer. My lower stomach normally hangs (gross visual, I know), but when I do the Firm ab tape, I see some lift there. No, it's not a miraculous change, but it is a change. Anyway, maybe that workout would help you.


I understand exactly what you are saying. Usually when people think spot reduction it's along the lines of doing many reps of one particular exercise (or group of exercises) that focus on one area. Sure, you will see some toning in that muscle group but to see full results, you have to do cardio to burn the fat padding around the muscles.

I'm going to google the video you mentioned because I think I actually have this one, too. If it's what I think it is then you are doing toning and stretching that involves your legs, arms, back, and ab muscles. That's exactly why yoga and Pilates work in toning your core - they force you to use your core for balance and total body conditioning. Crunches and those ab exercisers just won't get the job done.

thistoo
07-17-2008, 03:13 PM
There's a book called The Abs Diet (and another called The Abs Diet for Women) -- check your local library. Basically the gist is low carb, low carb, and then lower carb. You still can't spot-reduce, but I know people who've gotten results with the diet recommended in the book.

mama1
07-18-2008, 02:40 PM
Now I don't know anything about this firsthand, since I am still very large, but it is a great concern to me, since I know that when I do lose some weight, this extra flab and skin is going to be there. I did read in a few places that time is what tightens these areas up, is keeping the weight off for a few years and keeping up with the exercise routine.

Gamerchick
07-18-2008, 11:20 PM
When I'd lost 90 pounds and was about 160, I still had most of my weight in my stomach. It has to be those last 20-30 pounds that go from your stomach. It does depend on genes sometimes. My sister's baby is real active, and doesn't eat a bunch, but she has that tummy. Stomach fat is the hardest to lose, I think. It also might be lose skin if you've lost a lot. That's how it is for my sister (lose skin).

But I also believe if you work at it then you will see results. Can't hurt to try? And time will be kind if you keep working at it.

Keep up the good work!!

ToniLight
07-19-2008, 01:27 AM
I am going to be in this boat but with a larger sail. I am looking at losing 200 pounds altogether and just am resigned to looking like a human basset hound. If someone dies and leaves me cash, I will get it removed, or I can lay on the kitchen table and have my wanna-be emt daughter cut off the extra like a paper doll pattern and sew my edges up.

Gale02
07-19-2008, 03:02 AM
My sister's baby is real active, and doesn't eat a bunch, but she has that tummy.

Hehe... all kids have that tummy up until about age 5, it's the way they're built. They're born with it and it doesn't go away for a long while. It has nothing to do with what they do or don't eat.

I think that if you're genetically predisposed to carry weight in your midsection then you will eventually lose it there but it will maybe take longer than you like. Me, I carry my weight in my hips. Trust me, it's no easier to shop for clothes. I find jeans that fit in the hips and will literally have a 6-8 inch gap in the waist... no one is perfect. We just have to work with what we've got!

s0nali
07-22-2008, 02:00 PM
Gah.. same question here.

I went from 155->128 ... and still had a belly ... I think I have to reduce all the way back to 105-110 to really get rid of it. If even then. Now I am back way higher even than 155 and well, belly is bigger proportionally. At least it doesn't sag - stays rounded (knock on wood)

However, I do know it will be much much smaller at those weights (if I can even manage 105 again...) I just wear a lot of A-line skirts and realize I don't have a bikini body and I'm pretty okay with it.

I have heard that eating a lot of fiber can also help to flatten a round belly if you're in the healthy body fat range. And colonics too, but i haven't tried them and really don't know if I ever will :P

meowee
07-22-2008, 03:38 PM
Okay everybody . . . if you haven't already found it, here's a link to a very interesting thread in the Maintainers Forum that you should read . . . http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36040

Epica
07-22-2008, 03:49 PM
I'm around 163 and that still happens to me when I sit down