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Mommy Belly Fat- hangin' on?

During a conversation with some friends, I mentioned that I'll be happy with my weight once I lose my "spare tire". I have 2 kids (youngest is almost 2) and have been lugging this thing around since before the first one. Anyway, one friend said, "I don't think you ever lose that." Now, that was a TOTAL downer.
I'd like to hear from mommies out there who are losing weight or who have lost weight... is your mommy belly fat hangin' on?
And for those of you who fought and WON the battle of the bulge, what did it take? Are there certain exercises that worked for you? What about Pilates?

Thanks :P

Sat. Mar 25, 7:51pm

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Hi I have 4 kids ranging in ages of 21 months to 9 years, I never had a really flat tummy before my first preg so I don't expect it now I have lost 35 pounds and still have the roll I am going to start using the exercise ball I hear that is the best so you may want to give it a try GOOD LUCK

Saturday, March 25, 2006, 8:44 PM

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Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym. You aren't going to see a 6 pack until you lose the layer of fat covering them. No amount of crunches or ab work is going to get rid of the bulge - you have to decrease the fat stores and you have to eat CLEAN.

I recently started following the Body For Life program which recommends doing High Intensity Interval Training 3 times a week and having ~45 min. weight lifting sessions 3 times a week. They say to workout in the morning on an empty stomach and then wait an hour after your workout to eat - this way you burn fat stores instead of calories you've recently eaten. I've been doing this for the last 4 weeks and my baby pooch has REALLY shrunk.

The link below is my Body For Life profile with pics as proof that it works. I really think the key has been the High Intensity cardio on an empty stomach and the weight training (adding muscle burns more fat). Those are the only things I've changed here recently - my eating has been the same as January 2006.

Blozzom :-)


Saturday, March 25, 2006, 10:22 PM

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I did a lot of research on this. Most signs (that aren't trying to sell "miracle pills") point to losing body fat %. As Blozzom said, you have to lose those fat stores under the skin, by properly maintained diet and exercise in the form of cardio and core work (weights, pilates, yoga). Both are very important.

Most people who have lost weight and still have the pooch or loose skin either lost weight unhealthfully, or did it without much exercise, and didn't lose enough of the fat layers.

So instead of focusing on losing #, focus on losing body fat and gaining muscle. It will not happen overnight and it is not easy, but it can happen!

I'm 5 ft, started at 145 #, had to lose 30# of fat to get to 25% body fat. I've lost 10, working on the other 20. The difference in my belly (and my boobs, my chin, my cellulite, etc.) is noticable, even at this stage.

Good Luck!

Monday, March 27, 2006, 6:49 PM

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Well, and it has a lot to do with genetics and cortisol levels as well. A lot of people can have low body fat and never have a flat stomach.

Monday, March 27, 2006, 7:14 PM

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ooooh yeah, I forgot about cortisol level!! That's been in the news a lot lately as being a big culprit for tummy fat!! Stress can make cortisol levels higher - so definately try and get the stress under control!

Blozzom :-)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 8:07 AM

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belly fat

I have had 2 children (ages 11 months and 4 years) and I think my belly has bounced back great. I have always noticed that when I lose weight it is in the belly first, which continues to be true for me even after kids, so I think it IS possible, but you may lose weight in other places first. All depends on genetics! Good luck!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 10:30 AM

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Belly fat

I have a seven month old baby and still have a little baby pooch. I run twice a week and do crunches also. I was 100 pounds pre pregnancy, and now weigh 103. I don't want to lose any more weight, but I just want this pooch to quit showing. What can I do? Should I try dieting?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 4:05 PM

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i disagree with you blozzom--my belly isn't made in the kitchen, it was made the day they cut my daughter out of my stomach, 15 months later another c-section for my son, 3 months later another stomach surgery. I will NEVER lose the "c-pooch" as we call it. it's dead muscle. i had rock abs before pregnancy and will never get to that point again.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:08 PM

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This may sound like the easy (ha!) way out, but after I'm finished having kids and am at my final goal weight, if I still have a c-pooch I may consider getting a tummy tuck. I think c-sections really do create a little belly that you can't get rid of!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 9:29 PM

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9:29 pm---this is the 5:08 poster--my sister in law is a size 0, yes that's right, a size ZERO. She had two c-sections, runs 5 miles a day, looks fabulous for her age, but cannot get rid of her pooch from the surgeries. Once those tendons and muscles are cut, they don't have the same strength.

I agree, when you're healthy and where you want to be size wise, there's nothing wrong with a tummy tuck (my doc wouldn't do it during my third stomach surgery--even tried to bride him with money on the side--didn't work).

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 10:41 AM

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