Getting rid of that baby fat around my belly!
|Jan 7, 2012 9:43am||
After my 3rd child I have found it really really hard to lost the weight around my tummy.
Dieting and walking alone are not shifting it so I need help with some effective tummy exercises that can help trim this down quickly.
|Jan 7, 2012 5:56pm||
you can’t “spot train” to just lose belly fat,
Also….I had a friend who used to SWEAR there was something about eating hard boiled eggs that flattened her stomach, lol.
|Jan 8, 2012 12:18pm||
Agreed. However, I would put the emphasis on starting a strength training program. While it may be connected to the birth of your 3rd child, it is more likely due to the loss of muscle mass that we experience naturally as we get older.
When we lose muscle mass, our more metabolically active tissue, our metabolism slows down. A strength training program will help you gain and maintain your lean muscle. Start slowly, with a full body workout 2 times a week.
|Jan 12, 2012 11:15am||
Thanks :) I have started upping the walking to include some running (hopefully will be all running soon).
Think I might see if I can get a personal trainer in for 3-6 months to get me on track and work around the kid schedules……
|Jan 30, 2012 1:50am||
You also need a good diet, just reduce fat and simple carbohydrate foods.
as well as walking more, there are a lot of great exercises you can do at home, don’t be afraid of gaining a little muscle, gaining muscle is not easy.
|Feb 8, 2012 7:09am||
the above poster is correct, you can’t spot train.
you can do ab exercises like crunches, planks, etc to build the muscles, but to get rid of the body fat, you will have to burn calories by doing cardio. however, when you do cardio, you cannot specify where these calories come from. so you just need to do a mix or cardio and resistance training to get where you want to be.
|Mar 10, 2012 10:52pm||
yes, yes and yes, diet, and both cardio & weight training are all essential. another thing to clarify is how far from the 3rd birth are you? AND, what may seem like fat may also be the expansion of your abdomen from the trauma done during pregnancy. It can stretch out not only the muscles but also the fascia that holds the muscle together. When that stretches out, it does not rebound as easy, or even at all in some cases. The ONLY option for the repair of this is to have surgery. That is where ‘mommy make overs’ come from with the ‘tummy-tuck’ and then the more cosmetic procedures added on.
So do all of what you can, but realize it might end up being more than fat. If you notice the external fat tightening up but the overall circumference of your waist staying the same, and the inability to tighten up your ‘rectus’ muscles (six pack), this may be part of your problem.’ Nothing wrong with it either as long as you feel your best, you can still have a low body fat percentage with a little bit of a belly and look smoking hot!!
Ab exercises are great for tightening up your abs and getting some definition of muscles (six-pack) when your diet and exercise are dedicated enough to show them off. Diet and Exercise (meaning calories in vs. calories out) determine if you can “see” your ab muscles. Ab exercises allow you to flex them and build them up to show them off when you are able to see them!! Make sure you get all of your abs when exercising… planks, crunches, leg raises, and dont forget to get the side abdominal’s -the obliques and transverse muscles… adding side planks and twists or side variations to regular exercises. (this may seem like a lot but it doesnt have to be… i hate abs personally, but I do a set to include all of them… 25 crunches, 25 knee raises, 25 leg raises/scissor kicks… then 25 crunches w/twisting motion….. OR if I do planks I will do normal plank to my able length of time, then do one side plank… then the other side plank…)
When counting calories, make sure that you include the drinks your consuming, I have met many people who dont pay attention to juices, coffee w/creamer, sweet beverages, etc… a lot of empty calories that add up around 100 calories per drink. It is VERY helpful to measure your food during meals because a lot of people just look at the amount of cals/fat/carbs/protein per serving but never really stop to see what a serving size really is, and its usually a lot smaller than most of us consider a ‘serving size’… so compensate by measuring.
When exercising your body, it adapts very quickly…. and by varying your exercises regularly you can make a huge difference. Doing high cardio exercises are great for burning a lot of calories fast, but if you incorporate weight lifting exercises and build lean hard muscle, not only do you strengthen your body, bones and mind, but you will actually burn more calories in all of your everyday activities and in return burn more calories more efficiently when you do ANY and ALL exercise.
If you do follow the same idea of thinking about your body needing regular (but not frequent) change in routines in order to keep it working, you will also believe that if you are able to keep a pretty normal, regular and strict diet for 6 days a week, it helps to have one ‘cheat’ day where you can splurge and treat yourself A LITTLE. It doesnt mean to eat anything and everything you want. But what it does mean is that one meal you can eat your favorite thing that would normally put you over your calorie intake… a meal, a dessert, just make it worth it and dont go over board. Your body may feel a small rebound if its high in sodium, you will swell and bloat for a day or two, but will quickly pee it all out through ‘homeostasis’… so no worries.
The most important thing on your journey is to do things you enjoy most… create options that you will stick to or you wont be able to make a lifestyle out of this process. I still just like walking as my cardio, I walk as fast as I can and make sure to increase resistance but I know that my weakness is boredom, so I have specific music that gets me moving and I walk in 2 different sessions of 15 mins a piece… otherwise, if I do it all at once I will quit sooner than my 30min minimum!!
If you are just trying to lose weight fast but have no intentions of keeping up with the changes long term, you will see that you will gain the weight back quicker and easier, and to lose it will become harder and take longer. If you are able to maintain a regular diet and ‘routine’ you will see that it becomes easier and then is just ‘maintenance’ …. Hope you find your way and keep it up!!
|Mar 11, 2012 8:27pm||
^^while this is MOSTLY accurate, research indicates that neurological adaptation to training- and thus, optimal motor function adaptation- does not occur quickly. It takes, on average, 8 weeks for optimal motor recruitment, and making drastic changes in your training after a week or two is not advisable because of this. -EK
|May 3, 2012 9:44am||
Come on, a little belly fat is cute, why are you so cruel to kill it. I am just kidding. As one mother of three kids, I think your biggest problem is that you have not enough time in gym and it is hardly for you to reduce your diet, because all the food you kids do not like you must take care of. My most efficient way for belly fat loss is swimming, it must be working, if you can swim for one hour every day, you will reach your goal after one month definitely. Now i become fatter because of great food recently, but i dont worry, because i know i can loss the unwanted fat anytime just with only one month. If you want to make your belly compact after losing belly fat successfully but still flabby, you can do some isolating dumbbell exercise for abs here http://www.dumbbellexercisegym.com/category/146… , it is so convenient that you can do them at home with your kids.
|May 15, 2012 5:00am||
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|Oct 25, 2012 2:12am||
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