Tips to loose stomach weight?

kat180kat180 Registered Users Posts: 6,280 Curl Novice
I need to loose weight - all over but most of around around my tummy :oops:

Any tips how to best target this area? Im doing Davina Super Body Workout which does have a section from stomachs. But wondering what else would be good.


  • aliquotaliquot Registered Users Posts: 227
    You can't lose weight in a specific area. You can tone up that area and it might make it look less giggly or something, but there is no way to tell your body to specifically get rid of fat in any certain area.
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  • NaturalistaNaturalista Registered Users Posts: 5,491 Curl Neophyte
    ITA with above, but the key to loosing abdominal fat is moreso diet than exercise. Most folks have to start eating "clean" and cutting carbs to see the abdomen develop. You could have the worlds best 6pack, but unless you eat right, noone is gonna see it.
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  • kat180kat180 Registered Users Posts: 6,280 Curl Novice
    I thought that might be the case. I've been doing some reading - apparently a low carb/high protein diet is suggested for loosing weight (although experts all seem to argue about what is good for you or not) and then a mixture of cardio and muscle training.

    I need to read up about it all a lot of more - I don't understand all this stuff lol!
  • aliquotaliquot Registered Users Posts: 227
    As of today, I've lost 57 pounds by calorie counting. This website is a good place to start MyPlate - Food Diary & Food Calorie Counter | LIVESTRONG.COM It is a huge help as are the girls at 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community - Powered by vBulletin

    Good luck!
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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Registered Users Posts: 3,861 Curl Neophyte
    They say "abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym".. basically that means if you eat very low fat (or healthy fats such as that found in avocados, fish, etc.), high protein, full grain carbs, that you can achieve a six pack, or at least get your belly fat way down. Working out your abs builds the muscle, but you need to address your diet to get the belly fat down (i.e. don't give your body as much fat to store around your midsection).
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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Registered Users Posts: 2,584 Curl Neophyte
    For ME, my diet have to be no grains (especially gluten), sugars including high GI fruits and juices. No bread, pasta, etc - even whole grains. Grains are not essential to a healthy diet.

    Diet has to consist of lots of green veggies, fiber (ie. flax seeds) proteins, plenty of good fats and so on.
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  • DEL2CDEL2C Registered Users Posts: 6,418 Curl Neophyte
    White flour, white sugar, processed foods those are the enemy! Now of course this doesn't mean that if you eat whole grain muffins with brown sugar or honey every day that it won't give you a gut. If you want to lose it fast though cut out the sugar, snack foods like chips etc, starch and concentrate on greens, fruits and lean protein. Brown rice is excellent it has more protein then white rice and fiber but you gotta stick to your portion sizes.
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  • IAgirlIAgirl Registered Users Posts: 2,540 Curl Neophyte
    Good book to read about this regarding diet is The New Glucose Revolution and the New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes. Abdominal fat is directly related to the body's tendency to become resistant to insulin, tendency towards diabetes and what not. The gist of it is to eat carbs which are slow to turn into blood sugar, eat a moderate carb diet, use the muscles (exercise and strength-training) so that you deplete muscle glycogen stores so that sugar is drawn from the blood and stored in the muscles again (rather than ultimately being stored around the middle).

    They're inexpensive books with a ton of info.
    The whole thing about lower carb was a big change for me. Took about a month to adapt and get used to using oils and nuts (I used to think high carb and low fat was good -- that's so '80s).
  • greenandchicgreenandchic Registered Users Posts: 2,584 Curl Neophyte
    @IAgirl - The whole low-fat diet of the '80s screwed up a lot of peoples metabolisms for sure. Thanks for the book recommendations!
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  • kat180kat180 Registered Users Posts: 6,280 Curl Novice
    Thanks for the book recommendations! Definitely helpful. I don't eat a lot of things like chips, but I eat a lot of sugary things (sweet tooth/sugar addiction!) and things like bread and humous etc.
  • IAgirlIAgirl Registered Users Posts: 2,540 Curl Neophyte
    kat180 wrote: »
    Thanks for the book recommendations! Definitely helpful. I don't eat a lot of things like chips, but I eat a lot of sugary things (sweet tooth/sugar addiction!) and things like bread and humous etc.

    This is my problem as well. I love bread and starchy things and sweet things and it would have been far more difficult to cut back on them and change my diet had my husband not been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I had to make some changes for him and show support by making them myself. Now it is second nature. I don't skip sweets because they're so enjoyable but we do ration them! And I understand how the body metabolizes them much better. I goofed the title of the books -- its the New Glucose Revolution.
  • fenixfenix Registered Users Posts: 7
    When I have to loose some stomach weight, I cut the dinner, after 4 p.m. only eat fruits or a cup of yogurt with a tablespoon of flax seed.
    And pilates - I think this is the best workout for the abdominal.
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  • JaqueJaque Registered Users Posts: 4
    Some basic and easy exercises for stomach weight loss are leg lifts, the plank, and the crunch.
    These exercise can be performed on the floor with an exercise mat.
    For the stomach weight loss, a person has not only strengthened their abs by performing exercises, but also follow a diet and workout routine that hilp him to have a low body fat and help to visible abdominal muscles.
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    I've lost 5.5 inches off of my waist since January. Though I've been working out, I attribute most of the midsection loss to going low carb. I fit the bill and family history of an insulin resistant person, so low carb makes sense for me. Early humans weren't as grain and sugar heavy as we are now.

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  • Sche-MIMISche-MIMI Registered Users Posts: 5
    I lost 25 lbs the smart way. Based on my starting weight of 165 it is not healthy to lose more than 1-2 lbs per month. I am vegan (eat mostly raw fruit and veg) so eating was not a problem.

    I only increased my activity significately. Normally I worked out 30 minutes 3 days a week (light cardio). I increased this to 1 hour of high paced cardio 4 days a week (Zumba, dance arobics, boot camps or cycling) and 35 minutes strength training 2 days a week (chest, abs, back, arms, and legs). Believe it or not... I have been maintaining this for 2 years. I now weigh 140. I feel more energized, and look closer to my goal.

    Eating balanced meals 3 times a day, 3 snacks per day, and living an active life is the way to total body health and FIRM TONED ABS :)

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  • CurlyCoilyMeCurlyCoilyMe Registered Users Posts: 130
    Fat burning training will burn fat all over the body, espectular latin dances like merengue works with the hips, stomach and back area and will tone your stomach, have you tryed Zumba? :) Really good for this area. Combine it with strength training for the stomach i like this youtube vid 8 Minutes Abs Workout HD this together with core training like the plank and fat burning will tone your stomach. And a stronger stomach needs stronger back muscles so you wont get back pain.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Registered Users Posts: 8,352 Curl Neophyte
    kat180 wrote: »
    I thought that might be the case. I've been doing some reading - apparently a low carb/high protein diet is suggested for loosing weight (although experts all seem to argue about what is good for you or not) and then a mixture of cardio and muscle training.

    I need to read up about it all a lot of more - I don't understand all this stuff lol!

    For every experts argument you'll find another expert with a counter argument.

    The only way to really loose weight is to consume less calories. Weight loss is something like 80% diet 20% exercise.

    The best diet is something you can maintain for life. And by diet I don't mean restricting calories forever but a better way of eating.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • juicyfruitjuicyfruit Registered Users Posts: 751
    The belly is one of my trouble spots. I'm trying to reduce it now through a lower carb diet.
  • JoliePoetiqueJoliePoetique Registered Users Posts: 178
    My favorite book somewhat on this subject is Apples (top heavy) and Pears (bottom heavy). It goes into the medical significance of where women carry their weight. Apples tend to carry weight in their stomach, and I think at the end she talks about tips for eating healthy. For me, what helped is eating healthy and eating loads of fiber. I mostly found it in fruits like berries, cherries, plums, etc. Raisin bran is an easy way to get fiber. I was always err um releasing, but my tummy was flat and I am an apple. Exercise only helped.
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  • RainyDaysRainyDays Registered Users Posts: 49
    I agree with previous posts. You cannot loose fat in a certain area.
    If you want to actually see muscle definition,you have to loose the fat allover. Some folks actually do have abs ,but since they are not lean no one will ever see the abs they worked so hard for.

    I don't think it's rocket science. There is so much information out there it can be overwhelming.

    So my recommendation is:

    -Drink a lot of water (2 litres), but that's a standard rule right?
    Stay away from sugery drinks, except if you're going out

    -Don't just start a diet, because that will backlash, instead gradually adapt healthy eating habits and make it a routine.

    -I truly believe in high intensity bodyweight/cardio exercises, because I've lost weight and gained stamina after a short time. I couldn't believe it, because I was never overweight or anything so I was even more surprised that I lost weight in the process. And my stomach was so much flatter.

    I talked to a doctor back in the days when I was working in a hospital about sprinters and marathon people. He said the reason the marathon runners are sometimes even skinny and have less muscle or muscle definition than the sprinter is because they do loooong cardio training. Now, the body needs energy for this, first he uses the carbs, then the fat and eventually the proteins, which comes from the muscles.

    Okay, this post is getting too long.
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  • caramix3acaramix3a Registered Users Posts: 462 Curl Neophyte
    I agree completely with RainyDays and other posts, for many of the same reasons. Fat loss is an all-over process, and usually the areas of the body that are leaner to begin with will show it first, since there's less fat there to start with, while the area we're concerned with will show it last. This is why when on one's fat loss program not to keep looking at one's tummy all the time but to note whether leaner areas are starting to show. At first that might seem discouraging, but actually it means that the fat loss process has started and that in due time with continued attention to diet and workouts, that tummy WILL be in much better shape according to your own body structure. We do all differ in our responses to foods and exercises, so one has to find what works. Personally, I have found that since my diet is already very good(yes, it's true that one can always out-eat one's workout LOL), and I'm on the lighter side to begin with, what really does it for me is adding in a decent amount of cardio, 4-5 days a week, for 45 minutes of steady-state work. By that I don't mean slogging along and dawdling along with a book for an hour on the elliptical trainer. If using the elliptical(I do) which can be very good, one should be working hard enough such that that dawdling along with a magazine or a book is impossible. The controls and readouts for speed, incline and resistance are there for a reason, so you can tweak your elliptical workout accordingly. Too many people just glide along at low resistance and incline and wonder why it's not doing anything for them. One has to WORK, whether it's steady-state cardio, or intervals(more about that shortly). When one has a good base of fitness, endurance and strength, then varying this with some sort of interval training once or twice a week is very beneficial.
    For some folks, it's the presence of starchy carbs that affects them one way or the other - many people are to some degree starchy-carb-sensitive, especially the older we get, even if no problem had previously existed. With that in mind, in general, most people could do with first ditching the refined carbs like anything with white flour and sugar, and switch to smaller amounts of whole-grain products and more more non-starchy veggies. It's not that carbs themselves are bad - we do need them if we are active, it is a matter of what TYPE of carbs, and in some cases just how great a proportion can be safely eaten and still result in fat loss. People do vary in their carb tolerance in general. Insulin-resistant people really have to keep tabs on this, because too many carbs for them will result in fat not being released for energy the way it's supposed to be. This is why blood sugar control for many people is the key to sustainable fat loss. Some people(most notably the folks with blood sugar issues)do well with a higher-protein, somewhat higher-fat diet, while other people have more leeway with carbs, and then some unfortunate people have to limit BOTH fats and carbs to get anything moving at all. For a lot of people, this is a trial and error process, but there is a metabolic typing test online somewhere for free that will point one in the right general direction as far as what proportions of protein fat and carbs in the diet.
    Last but not least, after fixing one's diet to a sustainable healthy one for one's physiology, getting a regular workout program together that emphasizes large muscle groups and that recruits many muscles all at once. Big metabolic pay-off, as well as increased intensity which is what it takes for the exercise part of fat loss. Increased lean muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat for sure. However, for women, even with good work, it does take time to put on a few pounds of muscle on account of our hormones. But don't let that deter you from training - you have everything to benefit from it. Hope all this helps!

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