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beau159
11-23-2008, 12:19 AM
I'm probably just getting in one of my impatient ruts again .... but I am busting my tail off by eating right and counting calories; keeping my sodium, fat, and sugar intake as low as possible, eating at least 100+ grams of protein a day, and a variety of veggies. I workout at least 5 days a week, although the last 3 weeks or so I have been working out every single day. Also in the last week, I've started working my abs every single day in the hopes that that would shake some things up.

And that flab is STILL there. Now don't get me wrong; I'm very proud of where I've gotten and how great my body is looking from all my hard work. And the tummy area is *better* but still just not FLAT!!!

So to those who have lost weight and got that flat flat tummy -- HOW???

(I do realize everyone is different, but I'm just hoping to find some way to break this plateau I feel I've been on.)


bonniethegreenbuilde
11-24-2008, 12:50 PM
I think everything that you're doing as far as eating and working out is great. However, what kind of ab exercises are you doing? If you are doing a standard crunch than you're doing the wrong excersise. Try and google lower abdominal workouts and see what comes up, because you're mostly concerned with the lower abdomen right? I mean I am, lol. Try laying on your back with your legs extended straight and then raise your legs up maybe 4-6 inches and just hold that position as long as you can, do that 3x. Another one is lying in the same position with your legs extended parallel to your body so you're shaped like an L. Put your hands behind your head and raise your hips off the floor, just a little, till you can feel it. Try 3 sets of 15 or more. It may take a while for your hard work to show on your tummy, because I personally think that's the hardest area, especailly for women, to tone. But keep working on it, it will get even better!

Shannon in ATL
11-24-2008, 02:47 PM
If you find the answer let me know! :-) I'm currently 8 pounds under my goal weight and about your height, this morning I was 119.5. I currently measure 25.5" at the smallest part of my waist, 34.5" around my hips, 30" around the tummy - my biggest part is right above the pelvic bones, which I guess is pretty typical. That 30" is down from 36.5" of just a few months ago, so I know that the tummy fat is starting to burn!

I exercise 5-6 days per week, and have seen the most notable results on hips and thighs from weight training, and recently I've seen a lot of good results from yoga core and ab exercises.

Unfortunately, you can't spot reduce the tummy. All you can do is continue to burn fat and hope that is the fat that goes next! What you can do is try to work on those ab muscles so they look great when the last of the fat burns off! I'm afraid that I may be at the point where I'm stuck with what I've got, it has been pretty constant for several weeks...

Good luck! :)

Edit: One thing I did notice, I lost those inches on my tummy measurement after I reached goal weight, so it was the absolute last to go...


bellastarr
12-13-2008, 10:56 PM
I am the same way, even when i am at my thinnest my stomach never seems to get flat, it is the one area that i just can't seem to fix! I have read exercises on the stability ball as well as doing the bicycle (where you lie on your back and bend your knees and touch your knee to the alternate elbow) are the most effective. My trainer says to get really flat abs you have to really eat practically no fat at all, lots of protein.

SBD Sass
12-13-2008, 11:19 PM
I had to burn the fat to get my tummy flat. I had to lose my boobs, my booty, my thighs...to get the flat tummy. Time, exercise and being on a good diet is what worked for me. I try not to eat bad carbs (which swells my tummy up when it gets full)...and I don't eat too much at one time. I started trying to shrink my stomach therefore no more belly stretching.

beau159
12-15-2008, 11:52 PM
Bonnie: I am doing all sorts of different ab exercises to work all aspects: the "normal" abs (with standard crunches), obliques, lower abs, etc. I'm always looking for different ab workouts to keep them guessing. I already do both of the lower ab exercises you suggested, plus others for low abs. I also lift weights at the gym for my back (upper and lower) because you need a strong back AND abs for a strong core.

I also do bicycle crunches as bellastar mentioned, and I do keep my fat intake a minimum but it fat is ESSENTIAL TO LIVE so I do not keep it out entirely; just get it from the correct sources. But I am eating around 125 to 130 grams a protein a day (approximately 1 gram per pound of bodyweight) so that keeps the fat percentage down anyway.

SBD: I eat 6 small meals a day so my calories are very well spread out throughout the day and never go longer than 3 hours without eating something. I also drink about 64 ounces or more of water a day (usually more). Any carbs that go into my body are either from whole-grain sources or a fruit or veggie (no "bad" carbs here!)

I've just really noticed the last couple weeks that I just LOVE how the rest of my body looks (arms, legs, booty, bust) EXCEPT the middle area. Everything else is so nice and toned with good muscle definition EXCEPT that middle area. grrr.........

Any other suggestions? :?:

PhotoChick
12-15-2008, 11:54 PM
I've heard from so so so many women who hit their goal weight that the tummy is the last to go. And I'm pretty sure I'll be another of those. I've lost EVERYWHERE (including my tummy) but slowest in that dreaded "pooch" spot right under my belly button.

*sigh*

I know that I just need to keep plugging along, but I'm pretty sure that it'll be the very very very last part of me to lose. :)

(And once I hit my goal weight I am NOT adverse to exploring a little lipo to smooth things out.)

.

beau159
12-16-2008, 12:05 AM
I wish so MUCH that I was out in the working world with an incoming salary so that I could go get lipo or something right now.

Because honestly, I would be totally happy at the weight I am at, I eat healthy so I would have no problem maintaining it, I work-out daily so I would have no problem maintaining it.

Just get that tummy sucked out.

But there's the little "it costs money" issue that doesn't fit in with the financial aid from the bank. :D And NO, I do not have time to get a job. I have 9 classes and 5 labs that require all my time!!! (that's grad school for ya)

Maybe someday.....

irrevocable
12-22-2008, 04:00 PM
Eating lots of fruits and greens.

Running - something I love anyway.

JackieRn
12-22-2008, 04:58 PM
I second the running, it helped burn the excess fat, as well as eating clean and weighted abdominal twists, leg raises, reverse & regular crunches to strengthen ab muscles.

SBD Sass
12-23-2008, 12:14 AM
OK I've been busting my chops doing at least 100 different variations of crunches each night and ummm I'm making little progress. I have a flat belly, but no pow pow yet. Can't see my abs or obliques...I guess it's more cardio for me. When is enough cardio enough??? I'm going to have to seriously have to get down to 150 at my height in order to show off my abs. I'm trying not to get discouraged. Maybe at 165 I'll get a little magic. Not so sure though.

beau159
01-11-2009, 02:22 AM
Eating lots of fruits and greens ---- already do that.

Running ---- already do that.

Clean and weighted abdominal twists, leg raises, reverse & regular crunches ------ already do ALL those plus more.

:?::?:

Glory87
01-11-2009, 03:48 AM
Lost 70+ lbs and still have a curved lower abdomen. Part of it is still fat, part of it is loose skin - quite frankly when I lie on my side, my tummy skin puddles like candle wax. I was 35 years old when I lost weight (although I've never had kids) and I figure I'll never have a gorgeous flat stomach. I still look great in clothes, and I love my slender body so much more than how I used to look, overall I'm very pleased.

I also remember that a lot of "flat bellies" I see in ads are airbrushed. I don't want to be perfect, I just want to be slender and healthy! My BMI is on the low side of normal and I have stick thin wrists and my collar bones stand out like cheese graters - I don't think losing more weight is in the answer for me - this is it!

Phoenixflame
01-11-2009, 02:06 PM
Part of it is pure genetics. Look at professional female athletes; they might be in fantastic shape and are hot as sin, but many do not have six-packs.

You can't spot reduce. HOWEVER, you'll still have muscle beneath the fat. When the fat comes off, you'll look down and be "Wow!" Buried treasure!

jessisaokay
01-11-2009, 02:14 PM
When i need to flatten up, I lower my carbs, up my healthy fats, and do extra cardio. You can do all the ab workouts you want and you will strengthen them significantly, but if you want them to show its all about the diet and fat burn.

RN BSN 2009
01-11-2009, 02:20 PM
I've read a lot about losing visceral fat, and the best things for belly fat seem to be almonds, olives, avocado, flax oil and extra virgin olive oil. Maybe integrating these will help!

michelle7
01-12-2009, 12:03 AM
I think it's part genetics and part hard, hard work! *sigh* My mom is super-thin and cannot get rid of her tummy for anything.

Someone mentioned the airbrushing, etc. Most of these models you see with super-duper toned abs in the fitness mags do a major specialized diet for a few weeks before the shoot. Otherwise, I would be willing to bet they are professional athletes...

LanMyers
01-27-2009, 01:03 PM
Eating lots of fruits and greens ---- already do that.

Running ---- already do that.

Clean and weighted abdominal twists, leg raises, reverse & regular crunches ------ already do ALL those plus more.

:?::?:


Have you tried adding heavier weight training to your routine? What I mean is, are you just doing all cardio and light weight traing/resistance? You might want to try some heavier weight training and make sure you are not building the wrong core muscles, they can make you wider which is probably not what you are going for. There is something to be said about a strong core, that is certain. There was an article in the sticky's on this site, maybe in the exercise forum, about "Getting rid of the muffin top". Not to say you have one, but i recall it had some really decent ideas. I'd try adding more weights like deadlifts to your weight training.

Amy8888
02-13-2009, 12:40 PM
I've read a lot about losing visceral fat, and the best things for belly fat seem to be almonds, olives, avocado, flax oil and extra virgin olive oil. Maybe integrating these will help!

I'm currently on the Flat Belly Diet and all of these things are key to the plan. There is a lot of research in the book regarding why these things are key to reducing visceral fat.

On the plan, you have to have one of these with every meal (also, dark chocolate is an option!). I don't have a flat belly yet, but I just started a week ago and so far I'm loving this. In fact, I think I'm going to start a thread about the diet to see if anyone else is on it.

JoLeNe
04-09-2010, 04:49 PM
I'm probably just getting in one of my impatient ruts again .... but I am busting my tail off by eating right and counting calories; keeping my sodium, fat, and sugar intake as low as possible, eating at least 100+ grams of protein a day, and a variety of veggies. I workout at least 5 days a week, although the last 3 weeks or so I have been working out every single day. Also in the last week, I've started working my abs every single day in the hopes that that would shake some things up.

And that flab is STILL there. Now don't get me wrong; I'm very proud of where I've gotten and how great my body is looking from all my hard work. And the tummy area is *better* but still just not FLAT!!!

So to those who have lost weight and got that flat flat tummy -- HOW???

(I do realize everyone is different, but I'm just hoping to find some way to break this plateau I feel I've been on.)

Not that i currently have a nice flat tummy but im one of those poor yo-yo people and the best I've ever gotten my tummy was from cardio. My belly was pretty flat when i was about 136 about a year ago and most of that was intense levels of cardio. Ab exercises will help you to get a 6 pack but if there is meat or flab over them it will just bulk them up and could make it look bigger. lower back exercises can actually tighten it up some by fixing posture but cardio is probably your best bet.

giselley
04-09-2010, 06:06 PM
Someone mentioned the airbrushing, etc. Most of these models you see with super-duper toned abs in the fitness mags do a major specialized diet for a few weeks before the shoot. Otherwise, I would be willing to bet they are professional athletes...


I think that is also genetics. Some people simply do not have a large amount of fat cells --- they are thin boned and do not necessarily starve to get where they are. That they are also young and have probably never been fat is another plus.

greenfishgirl
04-09-2010, 06:34 PM
Part of the key is strengthening your entire core, so don't forget your back exercises. By strengthening your back, you are better able to support your belly which pulls everything in, helping to give you that flat tummy.

Have you tried Pilates? This will help tremendously as the entire focus is strengthening the core.

ncuneo
04-09-2010, 07:30 PM
You know I've been thinking about this a lot and although I have about 20-40 lbs to go I can tell a flat belly in probably not in my future. So I started looking at a tummy tuck (although I know I can't afford it) and I was really unimpressed with the before and after photos I was seeing and it made be feel better about my body. Also I look fanfreakintastic in clothes right now and I can only image what I'll look like in another 20-40 lbs. I really feel like I was given the body I'm going to have (although the extra weight and pregnancy did a number on me) and I'm not going to kill myself to make it something it's not. I remember when I was 18 I still had a small pouch at my ideal weight, so it's probably just not in the cards for me.

bex
04-11-2010, 09:24 PM
No matter how small I've been I've always had a tummy! I guess it has a bit to do with genetics?!

onthedietagain
04-16-2010, 10:05 AM
I've just really noticed the last couple weeks that I just LOVE how the rest of my body looks (arms, legs, booty, bust) EXCEPT the middle area. Everything else is so nice and toned with good muscle definition EXCEPT that middle area. grrr.........

Any other suggestions? :?:

The picture: itís me just a year ago (2 pregnancy after)124-126 lb 5í4Ē. . Now I am just 8-9 lb heavier then on the picture and I canít see my abs, my belly is not flat at all. Based on my experience, those last 5-8 lb make a HUGE difference on how your belly looks. Even if you continue doing the best abs exercise (see attached doc), you will not see your flat stomach UNTIL you loose last pounds.

Trust me, if I could make my stomach flat after 2 pregnancies and after losing Ė gaining 28-30 lb, so can you. What I am doing now is I am doing abs exercise AND continue cardio (in my case I am fast walking for 2-3 hours / day) with healthy diet (limiting carbs) and I am not expecting to see my flat stomach again until I lose last pounds.

Donít give up, keep going and you will have nice tone stomach! Good luck!

saef
04-16-2010, 10:15 AM
I've thought about your question, too, but my answer will not be helpful to you.

I had a flat stomach, years ago, and I attained it by getting down to such a low level of body fat that I stopped having periods for over 18 months. Since I'm pear-shaped, that meant my upper body was somewhat disturbing to look at -- hollow neck & collarbones, ribs. I mean, lots of visible bones, including jaw bone & big teeth.

And here's the sad thing. I didn't really appreciate it. Because the stomach was not really an erogenous zone during that time period, not the way it became about five years later, when the waistline of jeans dropped below the hipbones & shirt hems rose up to bare the navel. Fashions in clothing & in what women obsessed about in their bodies were shifting in that direction but hadn't quite turned the corner yet. What we wanted at that point were legs, legs, legs -- thighs & butt also, but really, it was all about the legs.

I know what it takes for me to get there with the flat belly. But my loose skin & my being older makes it less likely I could look exactly I did. And anyway, I just don't want to do it. It wasn't really sustainable. Too damn much work. I've got other priorities. And other things to spend the $$ on, too.