Other Than Situps, What Could I Do to Lose 10 Pounds of Belly Fat?

@Pigglies (9340)
United States
August 2, 2008 12:04am CST
I'm not good at sit ups, so I'd prefer another type of exercise. I've even tried buying an Ab Lounge to do sit ups, and I still can't do them. Basically, I am happy now with my entire body except for my stubborn belly. Sometimes I look like I could be pregnant. I really want my belly fat to go away. Are there any other exercises I could try? I go swimming daily, but that hasn't done anything to it. I also ride an exercise bike. But even when I used to actually ride a bike for transportation and rode 100 miles a week, I have always had this belly. Anyone had luck getting rid of such a belly? I need help!
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10 responses
• United States
2 Aug 08
I need help too!! There are excising videos that are supposed to be designed to help you lose belly fat. I've got one but I never use it :( I am tired 99% of the time and I never have the energy to do a 10 min exercise. It's sad. Anyway in case you want to try them out : 10 Minute Solution: Blast Off Belly Fat (2007) with Suzanne Bowen. It's got several 10 min videos. I like it but I didn't use it enough to see if it actually worked :( I need to get on it though. I really hate my pot belly.
• United States
2 Aug 08
Its best if you have support to keep you on track, going to the gym is my support because I feel an obligation to keep doing it and would feel embarassed if I gained the weight right back from not working out and thats why I like the gym. Also, I feel like theres a useful energy I get there from other people there and especially when I have someone jogging next to me, it keeps me pushing.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I've found I don't actually use the exercise videos I have. I find them hard to follow. I was afraid if I joined the gym I'd quit too. Especially since I probably don't have anyone to go with. But that is a good point that just having others exercising next to you should be a motivating factor. I think that will work for me, I'm very competitive. A boy once told me back when I was in middle school that girls weren't good at math and in trying to prove him wrong, I got a 99.2% in geometry (unfortunately, that didn't beat his score of 99.5%, but hey, it still helped me that I thought the class was a competition).
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• United States
3 Aug 08
I love competition too but I don't like the public. I went to the gym once and hated it. I don't see myself ever comfortable in a gym. I do wish I has someone living around here the I could push with though.
@dpk262006 (50884)
• Delhi, India
4 Aug 08
It appears that you are doing plenty of exercise but without the desired results. Are you keeping a check on your diet too? If not, please check that also, restricting your diet (i.e. not consuming products containing fat etc.) might help you achieve your target. Best of Luck!
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I don't know if I'm doing plenty of exercise, as I'm only exercising in the evenings and on weekends. And I work a very sedentary job. But I'm trying as hard as I can. My diet is mostly pretty good. I don't eat a lot of high fat foods. Occasionally I will, but most of the time I don't. I either eat cereal and soy milk for breakfast or just a granola bar, some type of healthy frozen food for lunch, maybe a few healthy snacks but not usually, and then I'll cook up something for dinner.
@dpk262006 (50884)
• Delhi, India
4 Aug 08
I think, if you carry on this and could increase the frequency of your exercise, you might get the desired results. Best of luck!
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 08
Sit ups won't get rid of belly fat. Sit ups help build and tone the muscle in your abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. Fat does not "become" muscle. The only way to lose fat is to adopt some sort of cardio in addition to whatever strength training you might like, and to eat a healthy diet. Also, you can't spot reduce. It's impossible. When you lose weight, you lose all over your body. There are going to be some areas that are more difficult, obviously. The amount of fat in that particular area is a factor, as is genetics. Is the belly the first place you gain? If so, that'll likely be the last place you lose, because there are more layers of fat there.
• United States
2 Aug 08
I had this friend from high school, her family was Italian and she had this big belly (I loved her, its not to be mean, she knew) but her legs were so muscular and her mom had these rock hard muscular legs too, its funny how genes work!
6 Aug 08
I was told tat if you do sit ups without the pyshical exercise then the belly fat will stay so now I have a small trampoline and bounce on that for a while a day - also when it's sunny and my husband is off work at the same time as me we go out and play a few games of bat and ball - these both help to get rid of the belly!
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Oh that sounds fun. I used to have a small trampoline and I liked bouncing on it. It's something I could while just watching TV or something like that.
3 Aug 08
Hi Pigglies, Do you know what's Hula Hoop? As to me,doing Hula Hoop Dance helps me a lot to the belly fat.But playing Hula Hoop needs patient,as you need to do it everyday and you'd better do it at least half an hour a day. And the big Hula Hoop can be more useful than the small one. Just have a try,if you have interested in it. As I know from my friends,belly fat may be caused by the body health problem,so I also suggest you to have a whole body check. Hope that will help you. Happy to myLot, Janice
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
3 Aug 08
That sounds kind of fun. I'll have to try doing hula hoop again. I used to have one as a kid, but I could never do it right so I would get frustrated. But maybe by now I can do it. I've had a physical a few years ago and they didn't say anything was wrong, just to lose weight.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
Many says, we lessen our intake of carbo and walk a mile everyday. I also used to have a big belly since i gave birth a for thrice already. What I did was I exercise daily, take food in portion, drink a lot of water and stop catching a nap. I am now on my ideal weight for myself.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Walking doesn't really do anything as far as exercise goes, not unless you weigh 400 pounds, in which case, it might actually be a workout. I easily walk a mile a day sometimes, but not for exercise. I've never given birth and never plan to, I just have a big belly. :(
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hey pigglies, I have the same problem! That evil belly fat! I have also tried ab rolling it off. I have tried exercise biking it off. I have tried walking, stepping, you name it. I just can't get rid of it. When I do lose overall weight some of it does come off but then I start to look to skinny in the wrong places. I swear there's no winning. I hate to exercise so who am I kidding. I just keep trying and hoping that somehow I'll lose the damn belly! Now I'm back to trying the diet thing again. I've changed my diet so I'm hoping that works along with the ab roller. To be continued...
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
3 Aug 08
See, that is basically what happens to me. I can diet to get it off, but first all the other fat on my body comes off. I lost 40 pounds once and the belly was gone. But I didn't really look very good weighing only 90 pounds. It wasn't pretty. Yet that was the only time my belly has ever been gone. Even as a child I was always the one with a belly in the photos. And when you're skinny everywhere except the belly, it looks bad. Maybe I just need liposuction or something. Too bad I don't just love surgeries.
2 Aug 08
Have you tried aerobics or any other specialist exercises. I'm not sure I can describe it here as you really need to see a diagram or someone doing it on the screen, but there are some great exercises for strengthing your abdominal muscles and I am sure this would tone up your belly if you did them regularly. I would think swimming would be very good all round exercise for toning, and of course eating a heathly, low-fat diet.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I have tried aerobics before, but only in a class... so I think it was only 3 or maybe 4 times a week. I hated it, but maybe if the gym has a class I'll try again. I tend to eat pretty healthy, unless I'm forced to go out to eat, in which case there is usually only one or two things on the menu I would eat and I get stuck eating whatever that is.
• United States
2 Aug 08
Hey pigglie, I know how your feeling with the belly fat because after having kids and seeing that this mass of glob stuck to my belly was still there made me feel like someone from the movie Aliens, I cant stop cringing when I touch it. Well, I am so happy because FINALLY I have found something that has worked on my belly! See, I have gotten my gym membership the beginning of summer and immediately gravitated to the elliptical machine and did swimming laps a hour at a time four times a week and while I was losing weight it still didnt seem to work like I wanted it to on myt belly, now any cardio will eventually eliminate fat (given you eat a sensible diet), but it wasn't until just recently when I finally felt confident enough to start running again that my belly has just been shrinking! For two weeks I have been running for an hour three times a week and I love it because its toning up my arms too, another part that has grown since having kids (i dont blame my kids, just the comfort foods you get comfortable with during pregnancy). I am so happy, I used to run every day before kids and after kids I just felt so alien to myself after my second and running again has been the key. I knew it a long time ago, thats what I needed to do, because I did lose alot of weight before my kids from running but I was just so embarassed to because I felt like I had been out of the game and thats why all thats why all that elliptical time and other time in the gym was so useful because now I am comfortable and feel as if I have a fighting chance--I kept all my jeans and clothes I bought new and still havent been able to wear (I was a little over confident after giving birth) but now Im fitting back in a couple pairs, size 9 but what Im aiming for is my size 7's, I think its a blessed number. I know so many people think running as the very last option but it is like a fat blaster and even a slow jog is effective, especially if you have gained more than 20 pounds. A lot of people at the gym will do a jog and then walk and back to a jog and that is just as effective because intervals are said to work even better because your challenging your heart rate to push harder and then resting and doing it again gets your body working a little harder, I like Kathy Smiths interval workouts--i love her!
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Maybe that's what I need, a gym. They are building one near here and I can hardly to wait until it opens. I like elliptical machines but they're way too expensive for me to get one of my own. So I think the gym will be good for that. Plus, the exercise bike I have is one of those racing trainer bikes and it won't run unless you can pedal about 20 miles per hour. So I'd like to try the ones at the gym that are easier so that I can ride for longer. I haven't even had any kids and I have this horrible belly. I only wear a size 10 or sometimes a 12, but my belly hangs over the top of my pants. It's disgusting. I don't mind the size I'm in, I just want the belly to go away.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
2 Aug 08
hi. how are you? i would suggest that u seek a personal trainer. he or she can help u get on a diet plan that will help u shed the pounds u are looking to get rid. u can learn how to keep in shape, and eat healthy.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I generally eat pretty healthy whenever I can, so that's not a major problem. I do know how to eat healthy, I just don't always do it, but most of the time I do. I can't exactly afford a personal trainer anyway.