+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Upper ab flab




  1. #1
    Ultimate BHUZzer MahiraRaqs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    5,535

    Upper ab flab

    I have had a problem with losing in my tummy/ab area. I know, who doesn't. But even when I loose weight and start to thin out, (my weight goes up and down like a rollercoaster) my upper abs still stick out further than my lower abs. I hate this! What is wrong with me? Is there an excersice that targets that area? I don't mind having a little bit if a potbelly but if my upper belly sticks out further than my lower belly, it looks weird. ,f::


  2. #2
    Established BHUZzer Amber_moon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    710

    Re: Upper ab flab

    I have this same issue. I finally got it to go down when I changed my diet.and stepped up my cardio. I tried to stay away from salt and sugars for about a week and did really intensive cardio for that time. it slowly went away.

    I still notice that I have a tendency to get pudge there quicker when i gain weight... but at least now I can get rid of it.


  3. #3
    Fotia
    Guest Fotia's Avatar

    Re: Upper ab flab

    I have heard that you have to cut out all the carbs and do intense cardio. However, giving up all carbs would be really hard. <Runs off to eat peanut M&Ms>
    Last edited by Fotia; 12-11-2008 at 12:04 PM.


  4. #4
    Advanced BHUZzer joanneraks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    Posts
    1,581

    Re: Upper ab flab

    Mahira, this is how I'm built too and it's no fun, I hear ya. Yeah, enough perfect nutrients with no slip ups and perfect intense cardio and weight training and I'd eventually lose it. But my breasts and menstrual cycle would also disappear too and I'm not willing to lose them. In other words, I'd have to get to an extremely low body fat (low enough to be unhealthy) to ever lose the fat in this spot. It's weird but it's true. I have been fit in every other part of my body and this spot was still bizarre. I think when I get to my desired weight, I will get some spot liposuction. Crazy, but I've actually thought about it. If I find another solution in the meantime, I'll let you know! Or if you do, tell me!


  5. #5
    Ultimate BHUZzer ssipes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    southern Illinois
    Posts
    5,375

    Re: Upper ab flab

    Quote Originally Posted by mahira-michelle View Post
    I have had a problem with losing in my tummy/ab area. I know, who doesn't. But even when I loose weight and start to thin out, (my weight goes up and down like a rollercoaster) my upper abs still stick out further than my lower abs. I hate this! What is wrong with me? Is there an excersice that targets that area? I don't mind having a little bit if a potbelly but if my upper belly sticks out further than my lower belly, it looks weird. ,f::
    I just looked at your lovely photo gallery -- you and I have very similar body types!

    I suspect that in my case, the fat was mostly in the omentum (visceral fat organ under the abdominal muscles). Weight there pushes everything out in the upper ab area.

    Mine started dropping off eventually as I lost weight. It is still the first place the weight comes back if I put on a few pounds.

    If that is indeed where your fat is, it can't be liposuctioned, and that fat is metabolically dangerous (correlated with metabolic syndrom), so it is worth the effort to get it off and keep it off.

    There is no exercise that will spot reduce it or anything else. I doubt your upper abdominal muscles are flabby anyway.

    People who carry weight in the upper abdomen need to avoid refined carbs of all kinds, and in general eat carbs in small servings dispersed in 5 or more small meals throughout the day.

    Try a diet that calorically is 30% protein, 30% good fat, and 40% good carbs. This works very well for me.


  6. #6
    Ultimate BHUZzer MahiraRaqs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    5,535

    Re: Upper ab flab

    Thanks for all the ideas and comments.
    My abs are strong and if I tighten my muscles you can feel & see them but it's the upper part that seems to have the most fat over it. I hate it! If I could afford lipo I'd do it, even though I've been told how dangerous it can be. It's just frustrating to loose weight and still not look thin especially from a side view. I am a carboholic. I love pasta and it's the cheapest thing to make for a family meal that fills everyone. I try to stay away from sweets even though I love them too! I'm good on my own, it's my husband and my Mother In Law that's a bad influence. When I say no sweets or junk in the house I do good then My MIL shows up with chocolate cream pie. Ugh! Sit ups don't seem to do it. That just strenghens them, which is good, but not the result I'm looking for. I miss the days of weighing 115 lbs, being able to eat anything and not gain an ounce.


  7. #7
    Mega BHUZzer Doozer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Oregon!
    Posts
    2,032

    Re: Upper ab flab

    I have to agree on the bad carb/belly fat issue: for a while I was doing really well on Weight Watchers, really working the plan (core version) and my belly was where my weight came off FIRST. I've been off the wagon for a bit so to speak and that's where the weight came back on, FIRST! Not 100 percent explanation for belly pudge, but it's half the battle, the other half being genetics. Substitute whole grain pastas, whole grain breads, and brown rice for the white versions. It's a little more expensive but actually more satisfying and so much healthier. Keep us posted!


Similar Threads

  1. upper / lower hip v/s booty measurement . . .
    By Zepora in forum Belly Dance Beauty & Costuming
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-15-2008, 05:07 PM
  2. Upper back muscle pain - any advice?
    By zafirah in forum Belly Dance Beauty & Costuming
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-27-2008, 09:37 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Statistics
  • Threads 40,895
  • Posts 592,817
  • Members 38,089
  • Welcome to our newest member, dancesv


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200