From what I read,their isn't a single exercise to loose belly fat.It relies more on your diet & less on exercise.You can do all the dedicated ab exercises you want,but its not going to show(will feel like forever).To get rid of extra belly fat,you need to burn more calories then you consume.Alot of newer body builders have trouble getting rid of that last bit of fat.Most already have a 6 pack,but it's covered.Once they do this,it really brings out their 6 pack.Most think they just need more protein,when not knowing about this.
Threads like this is why I love this forum. I'm going to start T-Tapp and buy myself a weighted hoola hoop (I had no idea they even made those!)
My abs are pretty darn flat, but I'd love to change my proportions just a tad so I look more hour-glassy - my chest is on the smaller side, my ribs are straight up and down, the waist is small, but them comes the hips and butt. All in all, I'm pear-shaped.
Some of the effective workouts for losing belly fats are:
Foot to Foot Crunch,
Leg up Touch Crunch,
Cardio and what you eat will change your belly - Pilates thrown in there is a definitely plus in strength and tone - but Pilates on it's own will not take care of it all.
This thread has such great advice! Thank you everyone. There is so much conflicting advice out there regarding this topic and everyone claims they are right. All I can say is that weight training and cardio are of equal importance. Also look up High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Supposed to work wonders.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - Hippocrates
I have heard and read that walking is the best way to burn belly fat! That is where I carry my extra weight due to 4 metabolic disorders and I am shrinking my belly with walking, so it is working for me!
hooping works wonders for toning up as does callanetics
Oh, yeah, MT, I've been meaning to buy a hula hoop...thanks for the reminder!
I find walking a very healthy exercise because all of us cannot perform running because of health issues, but most of us can do walking.
Originally Posted by walnutty
Pilates doesn't get rid of belly fat. Whether it is bloatedness or actual fat. I did hard-core pilates every day for more than half a year and it didn't help with the fatness - it did help with posture etc and made me feel healthier and stronger - of course - but the belly fat was still there.
Plus too much belly muscle exercise makes your waist actually thicker because of the size of the muscles! You only need a little bit for toning. (Although core strength is important for other reasons, like supporting your back...)
Read the book: 'Fat in the Middle' by Marilyn Glenville. It sounds like a silly book but it's very good. Belly fat is different from other fat. It is also called 'toxic fat' because it's much worse for your health than normal fat. And it is linked to stress hormones, adrenalin, etc.
I have a flat belly now and achieving it had especially a lot to do with eating raw and quitting processed carbs. Worst things seem to be pasta, beer and alcohol, bread, and anything made of flour. I don't remember everything I did but in the end it was easy and the belly went down quickly. Read the book!
Cheap Health Revolution: http://www.cheap-health-revolution.com/
Last edited by Ucat; 10-27-2012 at 09:00 AM.
I'm taking Spin classes and it is helping. The cycling helps to strengthen my core and I can see a difference!
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