Weight Loss Support - What is the best way to lose belly fat?

06-30-2006, 02:02 PM
I have A stomach of A 10 month pregnant woman lol & I just started dieting & exercising every day ( this is day 6) & I am wondering if anyone can give me any tips on how to lose belly fat I am walking & riding my stationary bike 2x daily & doing some exercises but my neck & back are bad so I am doing like 12 of each exercise so I don't over do it ..any tips would really help!!!!
Thank you so much!!!!
I hope everyone has A safe & fun holiday weekend!!!

06-30-2006, 02:18 PM
Sadly, there is no surefire way to spot reduce.

06-30-2006, 02:26 PM
Glory's right :) - there isn't any exercise or diet that targets belly fat. You'll lose fat from all over your body in whatever order your body wants to lose it. Often you lose first what you put on last, and we all have stubborn fat that hangs around until the very end of our weight loss. Many people - myself included - lose from the head down, so first to go is the double chin, then you start to see collarbones etc. (then you lose the boobs :( ) I tell ya, that fat has a mind of it's own!! :lol:

But don't stop exercising! Exercise is an important component of weight loss because you'll lose faster AND look better when you get to goal if you exercise throughout your weight loss.

Keep up the good work! :D

06-30-2006, 02:46 PM
Well, the other way is to have it surgically removed. But of course, the surgeon wants you to be close to a regular weight before that happens. By then it's just lose skin with a bit of fat still attached (this is in my experience). It may not be all that much fat - but it still looks it!

The best way to lose body fat is to keep plugging away using healthy dieting and exercise.

06-30-2006, 03:09 PM
Thank you ladies!!! my biggest fear is loosing the weight & keeping the belly!!!LOL aslo if anyone knows ...do woman tend to lose less around there period or does it tend to stay the same?
thank you!!... this is my first diet lol

06-30-2006, 03:24 PM
My experience most of the time with my TOM is that I have little to no weight loss for my weigh in days. This time around, I was lucky and posted a loss of 2 lbs, but that's not normal for me. Everyone is very different in how quickly they lose and when they lose.

06-30-2006, 03:35 PM
Thank you ladies!!! my biggest fear is loosing the weight & keeping the belly!!!LOL aslo if anyone knows ...do woman tend to lose less around there period or does it tend to stay the same?
thank you!!... this is my first diet lol

I think I always lost the same, but fluctuations of my period (bloating, etc) make me weigh a little higher around that week. Now that I'm maintaining, I just don't get on the scale at all the week before my period until it's over. If I do get on the scale for some nutty reason, I expect it to be 2-3 higher than normal.

06-30-2006, 04:02 PM
ok thanks for the info!...go figure my first week of dieting and I started lol I am beating te cravings for the most part I broke down & half of a honey bun lol

06-30-2006, 08:12 PM
Yep...the only way to lose your belly fat, is to continue to lose weight and wait for the belly fat to go along with fat from the rest of your body.

I am hourglass shaped, so when I am heavy and start to lose weight, I lose it in my face, neck, shoulders, and especially in my waist/abs FIRST...while my stubborn "doesn't want to go anywhere" fat tends to hang on in my upper arms, and my hips and legs.

06-30-2006, 08:45 PM
Thank you ladies!!! my biggest fear is loosing the weight & keeping the belly!!!
lol, well, you get used to that.

Although I bought some support underwear today that really sucks my belly in. Now I can tuck in my shirts when I wear jeans!

buddha belly
06-30-2006, 09:24 PM
Hold on - are you saying the belly isn't gonna go?

Misti in Seattle
07-01-2006, 01:31 AM
Well, hey, yes it is true that you can't really spot reduce... however, from experience I WILL say that I disagree with the other posts in that you CAN very well do specific exercises that stretch and tone the muscles so that while you may not have actually LOST any more than otherwise, it can certainly LOOK that way. I do several of them and especially recently some I have adapted to the water. Yes, I do know it won't get rid of my belly fat... but it can sure make it look and feel a bit better in the process!

07-01-2006, 01:37 AM
My own experience is that I lost first from my face and arms. Next, my hips and legs became thinner. It seems that my waist was the last thing to go, but the closer to goal, the more I notice that waist and breasts are getting much smaller. So, it does all come off but maybe not in the order that you would like.

07-01-2006, 02:03 AM
I read somewhere on here about certain stomach exercises won't work - just cardio to lose the fat all over and while the second part of this is true, I KNOW certain exercises work for the stomach and I'm living proof! I named my stomachs - Stomach #1 and Stomach #2. Number 1 being under my, ahem...breasts. Number 2 being below that.

I've been on a fat loss program for 2 months now and lost 15 lbs most of it from both of my stomachs. I cannot wear two pairs of my pants now because they fall off. My bras fit better (some back fat is also coming off).

I do side twists. Stand legs apart, arms straight out to sides and turn side to side while keeping your hips still. (I read somewhere here that it doesn't work but I'm telling is absolutely does!!!!)

Side bends. Legs apart and bend side to side.

Crunches. Lay on the floor, legs bent, criss cross arms on top of chest and raise a little bit. I started off at 10, now I do 50.

Reverse crunches. Lay on the floor like above (but arms don't have to be criss crossed). Legs bent and raise toward your stomach and back down.

Leg lifts - this targets lower abdoman. (stomach #2) This works wonders.

I got results after the first week - people noticed that I wasn't as wide as before and stomach #1 was going down. Got more definition in the breast area cuz stomach was shrinking.

Misti in Seattle
07-01-2006, 09:57 AM
Here are some exercises that I do which I find helpful

With a five pound "barbell" weight (the softer ones are nice if you have it), lie on your back on a workout bench. You can either keep your feet on the floor and kind of spread your legs out a bit to stretch them... or put your feet on the end of the bench with knees up. Hold the barbell loosely so that it can slide through your hands as you move them. Wrap both hands around it and starting at stomach level with arms loosely stretched out bring your hands back up over your head and gently "bounce" the weight twice. On the second bounce bring it back up over your head and down toward abdomen.

I have adapted a similar one in the water. At standing level... I am in 4 feet because that is as deep as we have... stretch out both arms, hands together, jump up as high as you can and "flip" backward, with hands going down into the water. There are variations of this one I do, some also involving leg exercises. I want to get a water weight to help with this, but I have also used a round plastic ball (basketball size) and brought it back over my head and stretched it down into the water as I go over backward.

I also agree that the side twists work. Also you can "dance" like doing the Twist... also really good to do in the water.

07-01-2006, 01:45 PM
Thank you ladies your such A wonderfull help& I really appreicate the exercises I will add thos in today!!! does anyone know if A staionary bike helps? I belive that is considered cardio right?

07-01-2006, 05:44 PM
I'm just gonna use a visual tool.

The 2004 shot of me is with healthy eating diet and daily exercise. No surgery. The lower skin, which could only be seen if I wear like a really low cut bikini but doesn't show in low rise jeans, is dimply. Hubby calls it my alligator skin. LOL But a tummy tuck could take care of that. And maybe one day my rich uncle will get out the poorhouse and I'll get over my needle phobia and have it done.

Misti in Seattle
07-01-2006, 05:48 PM
Wow you look gorgeous! Whatever you did, it worked!! :carrot:

07-01-2006, 05:53 PM
Well at least somebody gotta see em. LOL Been sitting here resizing and editing trying to get it to post the pics and not just the link.

07-02-2006, 01:25 AM
wow I agree you look great...I would of never of realized your the same person lol what kind of A diet did you do & how long did it take? thanks again for the info ladies!!!

07-02-2006, 02:02 AM
Thank you ladies your such A wonderfull help& I really appreicate the exercises I will add thos in today!!! does anyone know if A staionary bike helps? I belive that is considered cardio right?

A bike is good but I recommend an elliptacle machine. You burn 5 times the amount of calories as a treadmill and the one I have doubles as a bike. It's low impact and you burn burn burn.

This is the one I bought - $99 plus shipping ($40) and it's great! It's from an outlet store - if you go anywhere else, you'll spend thousands.


07-02-2006, 02:08 AM
When I lost weight, I had troubles losing in my belly and my behind. I got a tape for Abs and Behind, I beleive it was Denise Austin's, that focused on that area and it did help!


07-02-2006, 11:11 AM
thank you so much for the link I will look into that!!!

Misti in Seattle
07-02-2006, 11:48 AM
Well at least somebody gotta see em. LOL Been sitting here resizing and editing trying to get it to post the pics and not just the link.

I have tried repeatedly to post pix here and have never been able to get it to work! Hope you figure it out!

07-02-2006, 03:17 PM
Glad you started this thread, because I need to lose the belly fat, too.

I believe exercise does affect fat placement to some degree. Most of my exercise since I started dieting has been walking. Most of the weight has come off my legs.

Used to be it would come off my belly, too, but one effect of middle age is that fat collects more around the belly (around the body core in general), and I'm seeing that with myself. Leg lifts have taken some from the lowest part of my abdomen, but there's a firm chunk above my navel that doesn't want to come off. (Guess I have a Somach #1 and a Stomach #2, too!)

So I'm wearing pants sizes 20, 22, and 24. The 24s hang everywhere except around the belly. The 22s hang now, too, and aren't any snugger at the waist, so I mostly wear them. The 20s fit well everywhere but are snug at the belly. This ain't how it used to be for me, so I'm going to focus on ab and core exercises.

I haven't gone down in my blouse or bra size, though I think maybe I'm about to lose a cup size. Haven't noticed any change in my face or neck. Interesting how people lose in different places, but I think exercise does have some effect.

Btw, Mizz, you asked if exercise biking is cardio, and it is.

Misti in Seattle
07-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Perhaps... but until the last month my exercise was almost entirely walking too... and I have lost TONS off my boobs and stomach, very little (but some) off legs and thighs which were not that heavy to begin with.

I'm now doing more water aerobics (while continuing the walking) and doing specific exercises to lose and work the muscles where I need it most.

So while I am a firm believer specific exercises CAN help... to some degree I also agree that the weight comes off where it wants to :)

07-02-2006, 06:01 PM
wow I agree you look great...I would of never of realized your the same person lol what kind of A diet did you do & how long did it take? thanks again for the info ladies!!!
That's the beauty of it. I didn't "diet". I just changed my daily diet. I ate right. Tried not to snack late at night, but if I had to...kept it to fruits or yogurt, or string cheese, perhaps a spoon of peanut butter...something healthy. Ate lean meats, lots of veggies, and whole grains. But I also exercised my butt off...or belly...actually both. LOL The tummy didn't start flattening out til the very end. Plus I was doing 60+ situps morning and night, and sometimes crunches to work on firming up my abs. But I think it was the last bit of weight loss that actually shrunk the offending area. ;)

Misti in Seattle
07-02-2006, 06:44 PM
Almostheaven, yep that is pretty much my plan exactly!! Eating right and exercising my butt off... literally. :)

07-02-2006, 11:01 PM
Misti, I wasn't disagreeing about fat coming off "where it wants to," I was just saying that it can be affected somewhat by exercise.

If you didn't have much in the legs to lose, then it makes sense that you wouldn't lose as much there. (I do know people whose legs will get downright skinny before anything comes off their core, though.)

I'm a bit distressed about my belly, because I'm almost back into an old suit skirt that I love. I can get it back on, but it's too tight to look nice. The thing is, it's the belly that's keeping me from wearing it. I'm hoping to get into it without squeezing by the 14th. To do that I'll need to be very good on my diet, which hasn't happened these last two weeks and my TOM is due this week, and rigorous about exercising. Can't walk much right now because of knee problems, and it was the walking that was getting rid of the pounds (and helping me control my eating).

Misti in Seattle
07-03-2006, 03:40 AM
Yes, and I agree it can be affected by exercise! LOL I am busting my butt with certain exercises to get the fat off from where I want it off. The belly IS a hard one though, I agree!

07-03-2006, 10:25 AM
It isn't that either cardio exercise, or strength training exercise in one particular area is better than the other-they are "different".

Cardio exercise helps to burn fat. We carry extra fat all over our bodies. Cardio exercise will help to reduce this. ALL OVER.

Strength training exercises for the abs, or any other particular area, doesn't "spot reduce" the fat from that area. As in, ab exercise do not remove belly fat. What they do, is they strengthen and tighten and build the muscles in that area. Stronger abdominal muscles have a nicer shape, they lay flatter, and they are tighter and firmer.

So-the answer is, you can do a million ab exercises and have really strong ab muscles, but if you are 250 pounds you may not be able to see any of the benefits because you have a fat layer covering those muscles. If you are 140 pounds and only have a little fat to lose-you may see results from the strength training exercises alone, simpy because you have less fat covering your ab muscles.

For the best results-lose weight with a proper diet. Lose fat by doing cardio exercise (walking, running, aerobics, biking, etc.) a few days a week. Gain muscle by doing some sort of strength exercise each week as well (strength training with weights, Pilates is also good strength exercise for the abs/back/hips etc.)

The combination of these 3 give astounding results. :D

Misti in Seattle
07-03-2006, 11:30 AM
Well yes personally I do understand the difference -- but it all plays out the same as far as I am concerned. The question is about the "belly" going away; not the actual fat disappearing from certain spots. :) Oh well... if people want to believe it doesn't work, fine... it works for me. :)

07-03-2006, 12:53 PM
Well I am trying it all I added on the exercises everyone told me about & I appreciate it today is my 9th day on my diet im down 7 pounds so I have A long way to go my legs I can live with just this darn belly & arms lol. I understand that we can't force weight off any specific part but I do belive if you build more muscle in certain areas and work it out that it will help it would have to I have A friend who walks daily lost 30 pounds looks great everywere except her tummy it is just a little smaller than mine but she never worked on her stomach she only walked now she is working on her stomach and it is slowly coming off I really apprciate everyones advice I am eating healthy now for the first time ever lol drinking water all day & strenghth training 3 to 4 days & cardio & extra walking everyday ..I am extremly sore lol but I'm down to 210 today woohoo!!! I am not sure if it is just water but it is my t.o.m. & my shorts feel a little loser :) thanks everyone for your advice!!!