Lost weight and inches... except belly
Oh, I'm such a spoiled brat. I've lost weight and I've lost inches, I look more streamlined than I used to [*happy dance], and this after only two weeks. Yet the only thought that's running around in my head is how I've lost ABSOLUTELY NO BELLY FAT.
I've much more room in the legs and seat of my pants but the waist has not changed. At all. And it's freaking me out a little.
Let me confess: I've been doing push-ups and air squats, 3x15 reps 2 times daily, but not the 6 min ab routine. Too chicken to start in case that doesn't work...
So... I would appreciate a good peptalk and/or a firm yet gentle kick in the (definitely slimmer) bum. Thanks!
The Best Answer
Well done on your inches lost!
Bear in mind that there is a misconception that you can target specific areas of fat on your body to lose. Your body doesn't think, "Yes.. that bit's unsightly, I'll get rid of that bit first". It gradually takes fat from all over your body, shrinking your existing fat cells. There's fat inside you too, the stuff that you can't see.
You can tighten the muscles underneath the subcutaneous fat but it doesn't necessarily mean that the fat over the top will disappear also in a uniform manner.
I think you need less than 15% body fat for your abs to become "visible".. Check out LauraCox's sexy abs.
I'd hate to put a downer on things, but the belly is usually the last to go. Mine still jiggles a bit.. :'(
This doesn't mean you can neglect that jelly belly! - do crunches, do the cat vomit, do the plank. Don't do too many either, otherwise you'll just tire yourself physically and mentally. Once you pull those muscles in, you should look trimmer!
When I'm walking about, I hold it all in using by doing what I call the "standing cat vomit".
I've been doing this for three weeks and am having the same problem! I can cross my legs more easily and my pants (even my skinnier ones) are looser in the legs, but my damn stomach is not going down. My brother is a trainer and always said that you lose fat from the extremities in - so I think it starts in the arms and legs, and gradually you lose in the middle. I just wish it were faster:)
The belly fat will go, with or without the abs routine. But like others said, it may lag behind other areas or just not show up as dramatically. I despair sometimes of ever getting rid of the belly, until I look at the tape measure and it is slowly melting away. You've done really great for your first two weeks, and clearly your body composition is changing already. No kicking to be done -- far from it! Keep it up!