Hi All ! Does anyone has any great ideas how to llose fat in the stomach area?

By Infinity1956 Latest Reply 2011-06-14 20:30:33 -0500
Started 2011-06-05 02:19:53 -0500

Hi , I'm exercising doing crushes and this stomach fat is not moving, I have cut out soda and stated drinking Crystal Light just for the tatse of it , because I love water and have no problem drinking as much needed. I would appreciate ideas from eeryone , also a list of snacks that has helped all of you would be great. I admit I do not always do as I need to because sometimes I just want to say I'm through with this.

If only it was that easy huh? Thanks all you guys for your help. type2 but take the shots too.

51 replies

WendyFR 2011-06-10 22:24:46 -0500 Report

Yeah, most of my fat is around the waist, I have visceral fat around my mid section. What helped me is combining cardio and strength training. A good one is bootcamp tae boe. You are mixing the cardio moves and use bands for strenght. Spot training usually doesn't work for me. I have to work the whole body to get results. The snacks I eat is somekind of protein and carb. Usually it's wheat crackers and cheese, fresh fruit.

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2011-06-14 20:23:08 -0500 Report

Wendy you're right about the exercise. I've lost weight w/ the tae boe founder Billy Blanks Sr. son. It's a dance class, & not only is it fun, it hardly feels like your working out. I also do W8 training. The best part is I've lost 40lbs. And my middle where I carry most of my W8is starting 2 look a little flatter. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

2011-06-14 20:22:56 -0500 Report

Wendy you're right about the exercise. I've lost weight w/ the tae boe founder Billy Blanks Sr. son. It's a dance class, & not only is it fun, it hardly feels like your working out. I also do W8 training. The best part is I've lost 40lbs. And my middle where I carry most of my W8is starting 2 look a little flatter. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

2011-06-14 20:22:47 -0500 Report

Wendy you're right about the exercise. I've lost weight w/ the tae boe founder Billy Blanks Sr. son. It's a dance class, & not only is it fun, it hardly feels like your working out. I also do W8 training. The best part is I've lost 40lbs. And my middle where I carry most of my W8is starting 2 look a little flatter. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

2011-06-14 20:22:49 -0500 Report

Wendy you're right about the exercise. I've lost weight w/ the tae boe founder Billy Blanks Sr. son. It's a dance class, & not only is it fun, it hardly feels like your working out. I also do W8 training. The best part is I've lost 40lbs. And my middle where I carry most of my W8is starting 2 look a little flatter. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

2011-06-14 20:22:25 -0500 Report

Wendy you're right about the exercise. I've lost weight w/ the tae boe founder Billy Blanks Sr. son. It's a dance class, & not only is it fun, it hardly feels like your working out. I also do W8 training. The best part is I've lost 40lbs. And my middle where I carry most of my W8is starting 2 look a little flatter. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

Infinity1956 2011-06-13 16:03:24 -0500 Report

Hi and thanks for the information, I seem the tab workout but I'm not in physically shape to do all those legs kicking and such. I do not eat a lot of breads even before I knew about the condition. I hate wheat crackers and I have cut most of the regular cheese which I love. Thank you so much !

WendyFR 2011-06-10 22:27:25 -0500 Report

and yeah, insulin does make you gain weight and it will be difficult, but if you want it bad enough you won't quit. Plus removing fat from your midsection is healthy.

SongDude 2011-06-10 06:28:54 -0500 Report

To Infinity1956 -
Start slowly. Get your lumbar spine back to being limber enough, so that the harder exercises will be easier to achieve. For example, start by just pulling your legs toward your tummy, one at a time, then both, in repetitions of eight. Don't over-exert yourself, and jump on the scale after busting your *** for a week to see that the numbers haven't changed, or, that you didn't lose any inches around your middle. Gaining weight takes time, and calories. So does weight loss - it takes time, less calories, exercise, and - most of all, since you're a 'diabeat' like me (I call all of us 'diabeats' - it sounds kinda funky, like some good old Bootsy Collins) - you are still forced to eat within your diabetic parameters, to keep your glucose in line. Vegetables play a major part in this (all of them, including legumes, to get good protein), as well as fish - for the Omegas - chicken, and lean forms of beef, for the good amino acids that you can't get from beans. I have tried the Dreamfields pasta, and if you follow the simple portion control that I use (my closed fist, hand down on the table) - you can still enjoy foods that you like. Having great conversations while eating is a good thing, so that you can take your time, and enjoy each forkful of food. It aids your digestion, too. Talk to the DiabeticSkillet - she can help you out with good recipes. I wish you all of the best, and keep on keepin' on!

Infinity1956 2011-06-13 16:09:45 -0500 Report

Hi Song Dude ! Thanks for all the information that you have shared especially the knew to stomach exercise. I don't understand about glutten, Does it mean breads, crackers cookies?

Thanks and don't be a stranger.

SongDude 2011-06-10 06:44:27 -0500 Report

By the way, Pillsbury makes sugar-free frosting. Linda (my wife) made a cake with me, that was also sugar-free (sweetened with Stevia). It actually tasted good! I put it in the 'fridge', so that it would keep longer… that way, I can have a weeks' worth of dessert, without the fuss. There are many ways to make our diabetic lives easier, and the only way that I've found to do this is to read, read, read… online, and, believe it or not - even grocery store have recipes that you can edit to suit your diet. Be well!

cavie2 2011-06-10 04:12:54 -0500 Report

loosing weight from the core area does not happen overnight. We humans often expect to start an exercise and see immediate results. It takes time and when you don't see an improvement you lose interest and stop exercising when you should carry on and persevere. Toning the muscles tightens the core area and makes it smaller but not necessarily lose weight as muscle weighs more than fat you may find you put on weight but its not bad weight gain. An exercise that suits me may not suit you, if you carry more in the core area it is more difficult to bend or exercise but every little thing you do is better than nothing. Keep trying and don't give up. Think that when you plant a seed and water it the sun helps it to grow when the potato plant or vegetable is ready to pick and eat there has been a fruition period of several months since that seed was planted. The same applies to everything in life including exercise so please keep going find an exercise that suits you and only exercise every other day this gives your muscles time to rest between workouts. lol

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:47:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for words of encouragement and I will try to take your advice , but I get so depressed and mad at my own self for being in this condition.

cavie2 2011-06-14 19:06:16 -0500 Report

Stop beating yourself up over it, we all know that diabetes and the medication and insulin puts weight on and it creeps up on you when you least expect it. One minute you look ok then the next thing you look in the mirror and shock horror you think where did all that weight come from and why did I not see it coming. I love exercising but I have my times when motivation is low and don't exercise for weeks once I went 3 months without exercising and a few weeks ago i went a whole week without and put on quite a bit of fat around my core area and shocked myself and went mad for the next few days to work it off and it was hard work so I could have saved myself all that hard work if I had just done my usual 20 mins a day gentle exercise. So we all fall by the way side and get disheartened from time to time. You are no different from the rest of us. So take care and don't be so hard on yourself. lol

Armourer 2011-06-10 01:36:22 -0500 Report

You just MAY be one of those person who gains weight from insulin. I'm one! I've gained a total of 50 pounds in the last 13 years, 25 of it in the last four. Calorie intake should be truly no less then 1300-1500 cal a day. And exercise, exercise. I can't even stand at the sink to brush my teeth without my back locking up, so taking a walk or doing crunches is out of the question. Insulin is unfortunately a growth hormone. Good luck!

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:51:18 -0500 Report

Thanks but I have learned to sort of stetch the insulin instead of 44 dose . I took it down to 22 because I do not have the funds to go to the doctor , so when I get the money then I goI'm going to eat soup for a month besides breakfast and see if thast will help me. Thans for your advice.

Gimpalong 2011-06-10 04:20:35 -0500 Report

Have you ever used the Therma Care heat pads. I get the ones for the neck, then put it on my lower back to help keep the muscles relaxed so that I can walk in the stores, yard, and exercises. I do my exercising with the Fitness Center of the hospital. I can leave my supplies I might need on the dest of the therapist in case my bs goes low. I have worked out a plan with them so that I can do my exercises. I don't know if this will help you or not. The Therma-Care sure helps me to walk and do things around the house that I couldn't do before. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

diabetesfree 2011-06-08 07:26:15 -0500 Report

I would definitely cut out the Crystal Light in favor of some type of tea with a natural sweetener like Stevia. Green tea would probably be best, if you don't have bad reactions to caffeine. Most weight loss supplements have some type of stimulant in them. I would check with your Doctor before trying any of them though.

RAYT721 2011-06-07 21:16:44 -0500 Report

I have lost weight (30 pounds) but I still look like a Volkswagon when I lay down. I have done crunches, sit ups, push ups, pull ups and occasional throw ups trying to develop that miracle body we'd all love to have. Age has a lot to do with it. Your body tone has a lot to do with it. You're on the right track with the swapping of sugary drinks to water and flavored (low cal) water alternatives but there is more to consider, which has not been mentioned.

Are you eating ENOUGH food? Quite often the word "diet" is equated with starvation and that's not going to help at all. Make sure to eat breakfasts. Make sure your diet includes more than just liquids. This doesn't give you a free pass to a buffet but if you use portion control (scales are awesome for true serving sizes), journaling you intake and calorie expense (livestrong.com - tools - My Plate D), watch for lower carb, lower calorie snack options and meals, and work out in moderation you can flatten your stomach without flattening your motivation.

Stay away from the media and its high priced low result "plans" where the only thing you lose is money. If there were a magic pill, we'd all be on it.

Getting a nicer body and healthier life is a one step at a time endeavor. Don't try to push excellence overnight. Mix up your work out with jumping rope, throwing a frisbee, going for a walk, touching you toes, water aerobics or whatever it takes to lose pounds and inches but not so much that you lose motivation.

Everybody and every body is different. It's about what's right for YOU but please give yourself more time to achieve the goals you are setting. Make sure those goals are measurable and realistic. Be open to reading what others suggest but find a balance that works for your life and lifestyle.

Knowledge is power … READ!!! But the best sources of information to read are not designed by the companies trying to sell you something. Those magic plans are everywhere in the billion dollar diet and exercise industry. Sometimes it is a matter of common sense… doing what works!!!

Realize, please, that changes on the outside often originate from changes on the inside. Make peace with yourself. Let us into your life and let yourself into ours.

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:38:17 -0500 Report

Thank you kindly but I think I will start trying to pray and fast because it's the only thing I believe will work.

cavie2 2011-06-10 04:19:53 -0500 Report

wow, you said all that better than I did. I was thinking that but my fingers typed something totally different. lol

appealstome 2011-06-07 04:18:55 -0500 Report

Infinity…I have not lost weight or tummy fat either. My endo said when she figures out how much Met I need daily, I will begin to lose. Well, it is been over a year and no lose. I tried several high protein diets without success. I suggest you stop drinking Crystal Light since sometimes the body response to artificial sweeteners the same it does to sugar. I drink SoBe without sugar and artificial sweeteners when I crave something besides water. I also add no sugar flavors like strawberry, etc to water, which can be found in coffee aisle of supermarket or Cost Plus. I snack on hummus on carrot and celery sticks, 10 raw almonds or walnuts or pc of string cheese with apple, beef or turkey jerk, hard boiled egg, etc. My favorite take along snacks that do not require refrig since I am always at the gym is fat free tuna with crackers and freeze dried fruit sold at Costco. My endo said when she figures out the correct dose of Met for my body I will begin losing. All the articles I read said Met does not cause weight gain, but when it was discontinued when I had surgery, I lost a few pounds.

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:24:49 -0500 Report

Thank you because I thought I was doing a great thing by trading soda for crystal light since its supposed to be sugar free. no hummus at all cannot deal with that taste.. I am going to keep trying and lots of prayers. Thank you so much for your help. I see something call mia for flavored water but I will check.

Dixiemom 2011-06-05 18:40:21 -0500 Report

Remember you didn't gain the weight over nite so it won't come off that fast. Losing slowly can be disappointing but it's better then crash diets, etc. You will reach a plateau and then it's time to change course, increase your activity level and watch your calorie intake. If you have lost 2 dress sizes that's great. When losing inches you usually do not lose pounds. It is working. Don't get discouraged, it takes time and perserverance. Been there, experienced that and still am. Hang in there.

orangeflower 2011-06-05 16:44:14 -0500 Report

Hi Infinity 1956 my doctor told me I was type 2 in Feb and since then i've come down from 265 to 237lbs. where i am currently but my DR. wants me at 180. so i'm still trying I cut out all sweets, drink water and coffee or herbal teas only. Cut out most all carbs. just for right now esp. the white potatoes and bread and pasta. I eat oatmeal with flaxseed and walnuts and a few raisins and cinammon. Lunch Pepper stuffed with cottage cheese or a apple sliced with peanut butter on it. Snack is some cashews or other nut for protein and maybe a cup of hot tea. For Dinner I have a portion of whatever meat or fish and a salad or steamed vegtable. I allow a dessert of fruit usually some form of mellon canataloupe, honey dew , or watermelon. I've went down at least two dress sizes, and my problem is all in my stomach also. I've been stuck at 237 for a week or so, so now I need to add exercise. I'll let you know how that goes ——I haven't exercised in years only walked. we'll see.

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:26:56 -0500 Report

Orange flower I wish you well on your journey and I will pray that you will be okay and I ask the same of you. Sometimes this is so hard and I feel like throwing in the towel but I won't.

Thanks and God bless you.

cavie2 2011-06-10 04:44:41 -0500 Report

Can't help picking up on your last sentence. Walking IS exercise and ideal for everyone especially people who cannot do squats, crunches etc., If you can't walk far that's ok just short distances at first then a little further say 5 minute walk per day for a week then 10 minutes a day for the second week and so on. Take your time about stepping up the time but always try and walk at a brisk pace. Little and often before you know you will have entered the New York Marathon and everyone on diabetic connect will sponsor you (ha ha ha) lol

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:28:41 -0500 Report

Thank you this walk tapes helps a lot but it's not easy to do , I never realize I had gotten so hugh and I', glad no one is at home to see me struggling with my exercises. Thank you much!

cavie2 2011-06-14 18:39:57 -0500 Report

you could also try jogging on the spot for around 2 minutes twice daily, its like a cardio work out and that burns calories and raises your heart rate. I don't mean jog as if you are racing someone just an ordinary jog. But 90 - 120 seconds is not long its only one and a half - to two minutes.

cavie2 2011-06-14 18:52:15 -0500 Report

If you can't manage that length of time try 30 seconds - or one minute that is better than nothing and of course you will find it tough to start with everyone does but once you manage to do it and then eventually extend that time slowly and gradually (key words) you will be sooo proud of yourself and so will everyone here. Good luck Infinity1956 remember you exercise one day rest the next and so on, every second day gives your muscles a rest in readiness to challenge them again the following day. That length of time exercising doesn't seem much to some people but just remember everyone is different if you can't manage to jog just walk on the spot lift each foot alternately as if you were outside walking.

appealstome 2011-06-07 04:01:55 -0500 Report

Orangeflower…Do you take diabetes medication?

orangeflower 2011-06-10 13:42:37 -0500 Report

Yes I take Metformin 500m twice daily and so far it's been controlling my blood sugar.

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:30:29 -0500 Report

Hey both of yall ! I take melformin 500x a day and insulin twice but the DR told me I t would help me lose weight. I guess he got me confused with the patient before me , because that is not happening at all.

cheetah1976 2011-06-05 14:36:08 -0500 Report

I am the same way. I even went as far as to have lap band. It been hard on me exercising , counting carbs, and meal planningand still carring weight in mid section. It is very fustrating.

Harlen 2011-06-05 09:27:01 -0500 Report

Lipo seems to work well
Sorry diet will only do so much
Best wishes

Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 00:20:56 -0500 Report

One word comes to mind at the thought of Lipo… OUCH!

appealstome 2011-06-11 03:07:09 -0500 Report

I had three inches removed from my midsection due to hernia and OUCH does not describe pain afterwards. So lap band, etc. is out for me.

Emma2412 2011-06-05 07:40:31 -0500 Report

Well, I've been dieting using the South Beat Diet and my stomach is decreasing in size. The diet does say that one loses the stomach fat first and my experience is that it's true. So, good luck. I'm sure that you can find the South Beat Diet books at your local library. We don't always have to buy these things. You can borrow it from the library, take it home, and copy what you need. Good luck!

Dixiemom 2011-06-05 18:42:26 -0500 Report

I too have used South Beach and still use some of their recipes. It was a very satisfying way of eating and didn't feel deprived.

AuntieM234 2011-06-05 07:34:09 -0500 Report

Good for you, Infinity, you posted a discussion topic! I can't help you here. I hope you get lots of input. ;-) Mara

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:34:03 -0500 Report

HI auntie m! What;s shaking bacon, just to make you smile, I got to try and stay hip because nothing else is working right now.

jayabee52 2011-06-05 04:37:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Jackie!
Really, as I understand it, there is no way to "spot reduce". No matter how many crunches you do, it won't come off your tummy. Of course, keep up the exercise as that will burn off calories in general

If you follow a diabetic meal plan, and limit your carbs, you will eventually lose the lbs, and it will all come off.

I've lost about 35lbs since New Year's just by stictly following a low carb meal plan. I have been trying to get off insulin, and in large part have been successful doing that. I think one of the reasons I had been gaining weight is because of my insulin use.

Not everyone will be able to stop the use of insulin, so please check with your Diabetes care team before you try to do so. I was taking very small doses of insulin before so my pancreas was putting out some insulin naturally.

For snacks, I like to eat red radishes.

I drink water almost exclusively (sometimes almond milk, and sometimes coffee — but very rarely)

I pray you get your weight under control

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

Infinity1956 2011-06-14 18:35:54 -0500 Report

jayabee52 ! Thanks I got to really follow a special intake diet and try to count cards and all that. Thanks for your imput.

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