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Run away the Belly Fat?

My stomach has always been my problem spot, even if I do ab workouts 50 times a day! Does running engage the abdominals and burn belly fat? Because I don't want to lose any more weight from my legs or upper body or butt, I just want my stomach to be proportionate with the rest of me! I have started running/walking for about 35 minutes on the treadmill about 4 times a week and my stomach feel a little flatter, but not much! Will I have to lost weight all over to flatten the belly????? AHHHH

Thu. Mar 6, 8:30am

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I feel your pain

However, you really can't spot reduce. Fat distribution may also be determined by your genes. I have a similar problem. I carry weight just around my middle. From a cardiac risk perspective this is the worst place to carry weight. Ab exercises will strenghen your abdominal muscles but the only thing that removes fat (other than liposuction) is a combination of diet and exercise (meaning cardio). Having said that, many people have had success with diets like South Beach in losing belly fat. There is another thread out here now on a belly fat diet.

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 8:40 AM

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Honestly Cardio is the only way you'll reduce that fat. You can do crunch type exercises that will help in toning so continue to do those but you won't appear tone until the fat is minimized. I've been doing interval training on my treadmill (walk/run/uphill etc) and it really has helped! Good luck!

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 10:06 AM

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It's true, you can't spot reduce. But, you can firm up the area. While you run and walk, make sure you are sucking in and standing up straight, don't let your belly sag. Also, when you do your ab workouts, make sure you're sucking your abs in toward your spine and not pushing them out. Try hula hopping or belly dancing to help change the shape of your abs too. And I don't know if it really works or not, but I use stuff like Dove firming lotion and really rub it in, and it makes me mentally feel better.

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 12:48 PM

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I'd recommend pilates. If your fat is mostly gone, you need to tone, and pilates is a great way to get long, lean muscles. Just make sure to focus on your form a lot - if you let your lower abs bulge out as you do the exercises, they'll bulge out when you're not working them, too. If you keep them pulled in and flat while doing the exercises, they'll be trained to stay flat always.

If they start to bulge, you're pushing too hard - bend your knees, don't go as far towards the floor, whatever it is that will make the move just a tiny bit easier so you can keep your low abs pulled in.

I've only ever done pilates mat exercises - the machines would be great if you have access.

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 2:42 PM

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How many of you have actually seen their ab flat melt off from running alone? Other areas?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 4:31 PM

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Along with working out, really watching what you eat and consuming "whole, natural" foods is important.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 4:42 PM

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I typically gain weight round my middle too, and running has definitely reduced the flab in that area. Obviously it doesn't target belly fat (as that's not possible), and my legs, hips and bum are more toned and less flabby too, but I've definitely seen results. I think it's just effective cardio exercise, and seems to be good for fat burning in particular.

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7:13 AM

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PP again; I've also noticed my stomach gets flatter when I cut right down on refined sugars, although that's obviously due to decreased bloating rather than fat loss.

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7:15 AM

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The title of this thread made me think of this old commercial...


Thursday, January 22, 2009, 10:41 AM

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