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  • Why Can't I Get a Flat Stomach?

    24 posts, 19 voices, 3866 views, started Jun 12, 2009

    Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 by Magali17

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    • Aquamarine
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      I want a flat stomach. Some of us do Pilates and other kinds of exercises in an attempt to get our coveted flat abs to no avail.

      What then? Should we give up and shrug it off to ‘old age‘? What do you think we should do? How do we combat this dilema?



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          L J wrote Jun 27, 2009
        • i don’t know either, but i had one awhile ago and now the spare tire has come back and i cant do sit ups because of the back problems i have, but would really love to tighten up my pooch, some other way!! too!!!
          LJ



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          Frannie1964 wrote Jun 27, 2009
        • If you find a way thats easy..lol let me know estatic



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          Stefi67 wrote Jul 8, 2009
        • I’ve placed the same question to the ladies in my book club and many explanations were given to why at a certain age we develop the “pouch“. Evey body seems to have a theory but not a solution. I work out regularly, cardio, weight lifts and abs but I cannot get rid of my “pouch“. I do look good in my jeans therefore I do not worry too much. I also do not want to give up all my indulgences, a plate of pasta or a slice of pizza here and there and a good glass of wine in the company of good friends who do not care how my belly looks like.



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          Tuliplady wrote Jul 8, 2009
        • My mother was giving me a hard time about a year ago because I’d gotten a “belly“.  I’ve always had a very, very flat stomach.

          She told me to “suck in my gut“.  I said, you can’t suck in blubber!!!

          I’ve been doing yoga and pilates and am getting my abs back in good shape, but it doesn’t change the fact that there is still fat hanging there.



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Jul 9, 2009
        • It’s hormones!!!  Ive heard it doesnt matter what you eat or drink or dont eat or drink.  It’s hormone related and therefore nothing but regulating your hormones will get rid of that bulging belly.  And by reading about the exercising and food curbing all you ladies do, my information is correct information.  

          xoxo



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          Coralee Flug wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • What happens when we work out? Why we hold on to the middle fat.

          Our body sees fat as an asset and does not give it up easily. In fact you do not start burning stored fat till 45 min = I don’t know about you all but at 45 min I am done exercising. When you start to work out your body produces a chemical call adenosine. Adenosine prevents your body from tapping into and burning the fat we all want to get rid of.

          3 years ago I started using a patented bar and was able to take 4 inches off my waist and 4 inches off my hips. I still use them every day when I exercise, clean the house or do yard work. I went from a size 12 to a size 4 - I never dieted (changed my relationship with food) - started exercising.



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          UK Girl wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • Coralee
          So what's the bar and can you post pictures on here and tell us how you use it and how much they cost as I'm sure folk would be interested .



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          Coralee Flug wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • Vikki let think about posting the picture it is a picture of my back side in a bathing suit bottom - I have shared it but not sure if publicly I want to do that. The bars I buy from a whole sale club, they are about $1.50 per bar ( worth every penny happy) I eat about 20 a month + take great vitmains



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          UK Girl wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • Oh, sorry I thought it was an exercise bar ....... not a food bar. My mistake ..... tongue out



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          KAREN GUTHERLESS wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • So what is this bar that you eat?
          and where can I buy it?

          Karen



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          Encee wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • I need to write an article about this, and when I do I’ll post a link here.  In the meantime, here’s some reasons and some suggestions for this problem:  

          First, it’s not hormones.  I’m 52 so that’s besides my training etc. and I can tell you it’s not our age or menopause that’s doing it.  It’s our lifestyle.  And that is everything we do from the minute we get up.  

          Focusing on good posture is one of the main points I stress about midsection weight problems.  It’s a simple thing to be sure, but the vast majority of us don’t sit or stand up straight.  We need to remember that in order to do it.  Put a post it on the dashboard of your car, at your desk, in your wallet or anywhere you think might help and write on it “keep your back straight!“.  

          As we get older the main issue is that we may have formed bad habits that are so much second nature to us that we have a tough time breaking them.  Making notes for yourself is a good way to help stop it.  

          Next, get yourself a balance ball and a mat if you don’t already have them.  I have had women who live in studio apartments tell me they “made room” for them and are glad they did.  Do these 4 things with the balance ball each day of your life:  Forward bends, back bends, side bend left, side bend right.  If you don’t know how there are good videos at Gaiam.com or send me a message and I’ll find you a link to a demo.  

          Make sure you are drinking 8 or better 10 glasses of water every day.  The first 2 should be first thing in the AM, prior to eating anything.  

          Learn to love plain yogurt.  Dannon is the only supermarket brand that’s worth buying.  Eat one or better yet two containers per day.  No sweeteners added.  

          Eat grapefruit every day.  Yes, there is/was a grapefruit diet - not the extreme variations mind you - that was very beneficial and grapefruit does so much good for you.  Helping decrease belly fat is just one.  

          This is the #1 question I’m asked by I can’t tell you how many women - and men as well.  These suggestions are a good start.



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          Marya1961 wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • Thank you Nancy..luckily I do everything on the list but eating a grapefruit every day and I will add that to the regimen.  I have noticed though that in my family we women tend to have a “pot belly“..not flab so much but a protruding abdomen, so in my case it really takes a lot of effort.



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          Coralee Flug wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • The bars I eat do not magically melt away the lbs but do allow you to maximize your work out and your time and burn that stored fat. A balanced daily intake of food is important but diets dont work.

          They have 18 years research behind them developed by a scientist at the University of Alberta. If you want more info and my before and after picture I am always happy to share, I know I would want my friend to tell me happy
          Just send me a message and I will get you all the info you need.



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          Venus 7000 wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • I have searched the internet looking for the easy answer and there really is none.  Annie has summed it up nicely.  No shortcuts.



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          Mira66 wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • I don’t believe it’s hormones either. I have gotten my flat stomach from avoiding certain foods. Specifically cutting out bread, reducing carbs and white sugar. Eating lots of veggies and fruit and reducing my red meat intake. I tend to eat lots of fish. I do not eat dinner past 7pm except on special occassions and my late night snack is activia yogurt and fruit. I notice a big difference in how I feel since I’ve made these changes to my diet not to mention a 20 pound weight loss. Powerwalking is also great excercise.



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          Coralee Flug wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • You are right about short cuts but why not maximize your body’s chemistry to work to your advantage happy It still takes work happy



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          Coachvawny wrote Nov 12, 2009
        • OMG!!! You ABSOLUTELY CAN have flat abs!!! In fact, one of the country’s top fitness models has SIX kids! I’m a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and Beachbody Fitness Coach. I have two children of my own who are now 16 and 17 years old. The second birth was a messy emergency C-section. (I’m still numb where they cut 16 years later!) I have a beautiful stomach—and I’d gained a good 60 lbs. in that pregnancy due to Placenta Previa, and forced bed rest. So help me God, you CAN have a beautiful stomach too, but if you think a few reps of crunches will do it, you‘re mistaken. Your body fat will cover your six pack no matter how hard you work, if you‘re over weight.  

          Pilates is a great start if you can swing some PRIVATE sessions (learn mat Pilates so you can do it at home without equipment—you won’t get what you need out of a large gym class—trust me). But unless your willing to suffer a little at least four times a week, you probably won’t completely get rid of that lower bulge. If you REALLY want it, (and you need to ask yourself that question and answer it honestly) you can get a six pack (if that’s what your after) or less, no matter WHO you are. Depending on your current body fat percentage, you could have that stomach that you never dreamed possible in four to six weeks. I can give you more specifics if you‘re interested, or you can go to one of my websites (check profile) and sign up for free coaching. PLEASE—DON‘T BELIEVE THAT IT‘S NOT POSSIBLE LADIES! THAT‘S COMING FROM PEOPLE WHO AREN‘T PUTTING FORTH THE EFFORT...



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