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I want my belly back!

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Since we had our stillborn son more than a year ago I have been stuck with belly fat. Otherwise my body is ok and I'm happy with it, but I don't k now what to do about my belly. I don't fit into most of my pants any more. After my previos pregnancies it went back to normal very fast, but this time it keeps sticking around - any tips what I could do to lose these love handles?
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Since we had our stillborn son more than a year ago I have been stuck with belly fat. Otherwise my body is ok and I'm happy with it, but I don't k now what to do about my belly. I don't fit into most of my pants any more. After my previos pregnancies it went back to normal very fast, but this time it keeps sticking around - any tips what I could do to lose these love handles?
What do you do at the moment? Exercises? Pilates?

Is it loose skin or fat?
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What do you do at the moment? Exercises? Pilates?

Is it loose skin or fat?
no sprts. But I never did much before either. It's definitely fat.

In fact, it still looks like I was 5 months pregnant.
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Old 03.04.2012, 16:57
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Re: I want my belly back!

I have exactly the same problem.

11 motnhs after my daughter's birth, I'm back to my previous shape everywhere except for my mummy tummy. It's driving me crazy.
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I have exactly the same problem.

11 motnhs after my daughter's birth, I'm back to my previous shape everywhere except for my mummy tummy. It's driving me crazy.
So what is there to do? Plastic surgery?
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Old 03.04.2012, 17:14
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Re: I want my belly back!

Some do plastic surgery when everything else didn't work. You should try Pilates, apparently the results are amazing. I just started 2 weeks ago and I see a difference on my butt. I was lucky enough to not have a belly left after two kids. But I am fighting over some stuff too.
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Re: I want my belly back!

The only way is by changing your diet and doing some exercise.

This area of the body is the hardest place to get rid of the fat and it will take time.

Depending on how quick you want to see results depends on how militant you are with your diet and fitness regime.

And dont be fooled by all these stupid diets out there that make you always feel hungry by making you eat less........these are not the solution. You can eat till you are full but its all about cutting out certain foods completly.......coupled with some decent exercise.

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Re: I want my belly back!

After trying out all sorts of diets and losing 2-3kg only to get them back some time later, it was only after I started running that I saw things changing and improving. I wanted to initially lose 5kg - and now 10kg are gone and I couldn't be happier. I run 2-3 times a week for about 8-10km and also changed my diet - but still will eventually eat anything I feel like just for the sake of cravings.

I also read a few things about how helpful Muay Thai can be. Are you open to try out some martial arts? Apparently it really works on your belly with all the exercises and a few people I know are really happy with the results they have had. I just wrote to a place in Basel today that offers Muay Thai lessons asking for more details and perhaps a try out session.

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We can discuss over a newcastle brown ale some time...
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no sprts. But I never did much before either. It's definitely fat.

In fact, it still looks like I was 5 months pregnant.
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I have exactly the same problem.

11 motnhs after my daughter's birth, I'm back to my previous shape everywhere except for my mummy tummy. It's driving me crazy.

Maybe try some "simple" calisthenics / body weight exercises, including pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups?

You can probably find pull-up bars to go across the doorway, and as it is certainly hard to start with push-ups from scratch, maybe do them leaning against a kitchen counter (I used to do them leaning against the edge of my waterbed frame).

Even though I've seen some aerobics / fitness "celebrities" say you can just do crunches for belly, doing a full sit-up I think helps strengthen back muscles too, since you have to ease yourself back down.

Of course with those, something to perk cardio will help use calories - I used to walk every morning before anyone else was awake, along with jumping jacks and other "standing" exercises (toe touches, side bends, etc) - things you maybe remember doing in gym class as a child, or you maybe see sports groups doing as a group warm-up.
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After trying out all sorts of diets and losing 2-3kg only to get them back some time later, it was only after I started running that I saw things changing and improving. I wanted to initially lose 5kg - and now 10kg are gone and I couldn't be happier. I run 2-3 times a week for about 8-10km and also changed my diet - but still will eventually eat anything I feel like just for the sake of cravings.
Were you always a runner ? How long did it take to get to the 5km mark ? Any tips for a begginner.. And how long did it take to lose the 5 kg..
Looking to start running as well..
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Were you always a runner ? How long did it take to get to the 5km mark ? Any tips for a begginner.. And how long did it take to lose the 5 kg..
Looking to start running as well..
Pickles, I couldn't run before to save my life. I mean, if I had to escape a mad man with an axe I probably wouldn't be here now. Even though I did a lot of sports growing up (tennis, volleyball and handball), running was a completely different thing. I looked for a running program for beginners and I followed it exactly for 2 months or so. After that, I started adapting to how I felt I could go.

If I still had that program, I'd post it here for you, but I scribbled it on a piece of paper based on specialists' tips and would always take with me to the trainings. For the first week or so, I'd basically walk for 50min-1h (booooring) and increase the speed. Then, you can start alternating... Run 1 minute, walk 3-5 min and so on, until the running is more and more and you can run straight 30-40-50 minutes... The 5kg were gone in 2-3 months and it took the rest of the year more or less to lose the other 5kg. But then again, I was much more relaxed. Occasional burger on the weekend, meat on a stick back in Brazil and meringue all the way. \o/

I started in April last year and by the Stadtlauf, around the end of November, I felt prepared. I didn't go because Paul McCartney happened to be playing in Milano on the same weekend and you never know how long people are going to be around... But I could surely do those 5.5km! So I kept going and every time I try to push a few minutes more or increase the speed, that's how I reached the 10km mark. It's been a year now since I started and I really feel proud. Might not seen much to some people, but then again, at least now mad man with an axe won't get me!
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Re: I want my belly back!

Sorry for butting in (no pun intended) but if you want to start a fitness regime based on running then the key thing is to take is nice and slooowww... don't overdo things at the beginning. As was mentioned already, walking at the beginning is a good start. Very important for me when I started longer distances a few years back was to get a watch and pulse-meter - you would be amazed at how easy you can overwork your heart. This is critical at the beginning and by watching your pulse, you can base your sessions accordingly and not over strain yourself. LIkewise, don't train too often at the beginning. The idea is to have fun and this you won't have if you knacker yourself out
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Hi all

Since we had our stillborn son more than a year ago I have been stuck with belly fat. Otherwise my body is ok and I'm happy with it, but I don't k now what to do about my belly. I don't fit into most of my pants any more. After my previos pregnancies it went back to normal very fast, but this time it keeps sticking around - any tips what I could do to lose these love handles?
I have exactly the same problem. After my wife gave birth I still have the same belly fat I did when she was pregnant. All the literature I have read said that the belly fat should just go away and it DOES NOT!

What can I do?
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Maybe try some "simple" calisthenics / body weight exercises, including pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups?

You can probably find pull-up bars to go across the doorway, and as it is certainly hard to start with push-ups from scratch, maybe do them leaning against a kitchen counter (I used to do them leaning against the edge of my waterbed frame).

Even though I've seen some aerobics / fitness "celebrities" say you can just do crunches for belly, doing a full sit-up I think helps strengthen back muscles too, since you have to ease yourself back down.

Of course with those, something to perk cardio will help use calories - I used to walk every morning before anyone else was awake, along with jumping jacks and other "standing" exercises (toe touches, side bends, etc) - things you maybe remember doing in gym class as a child, or you maybe see sports groups doing as a group warm-up.
Some light weights might be a good idea, but I doubt an over weight person who has done little exercise will actually be able to do pull-ups / chin ups, or full press-ups, and leaning on a kitchen work surface could be dangerous.

I think the 'knee press-ups' might be an adequate half-way house, but again these are power/ muscle / intensity work outs, it won’t really help you lose weight.

The best sit-up to do according to medical science is the side to side crunch, when you crunch left to right sequencing with a right to left knee raise (i.e. when hands behind your head, left elbow comes to meet your right knee, left leg parallel with floor pointing toes, then mirror). The best method of doing sit-ups is the crunch, to fire your abs effectively keep your vision and head position trained on the ceiling, and raise your head and shoulder area parallel to the floor, (with knees bent and feet flat to the floor) do not look towards your knees or feet! You’ll feel it, trust me.

The old full raised sit up is not recommended it puts far too much strain on your hip flexors and your back, and is just not as effective, fact!
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I have exactly the same problem. After my wife gave birth I still have the same belly fat I did when she was pregnant. All the literature I have read said that the belly fat should just go away and it DOES NOT!

What can I do?
Funny thing that - I never lost any weight either after the missus gave birth. A bit unfair really as she lost 10Kgs maybe this time around it may be different.
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Very important for me when I started longer distances a few years back was to get a watch and pulse-meter - you would be amazed at how easy you can overwork your heart.
Agreed. I became quite obsessed with my heart-rate and also learned how helpful it can be - it lets me know when I can push some more and also when I should just slow down a bit or keep the pace. It makes me feel a bit safer.
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Some light weights might be a good idea, but I doubt an over weight person who has done little exercise will actually be able to do pull-ups / chin ups, or full press-ups, and leaning on a kitchen work surface could be dangerous.
Maybe I didn't make that clear, but I am not overweight at all. It's just the love handles. I have never been overweight all my life, on the contrary.
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Re: I want my belly back!

I really really recommend you to try Pilates. You can do it at home like I do. I have some very very nice apps on my iPad, videos on YouTube and wii. It is easy to follow but hard to do and believe me, you see results pretty fast.

I also do exercises with an elastic.
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Maybe I didn't make that clear, but I am not overweight at all. It's just the love handles. I have never been overweight all my life, on the contrary.
Ok, fair enough, sorry, it still holds for sedentary, do you believe you could do some chin-ups? what's your BMI?
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