Help me get my flat stomach back!

(20 Posts)
Fuzzypeggy Fri 16-Sep-16 22:11:49

I always had a flat stomach with minimal effort (but carry weight on bum and thighs) but in the last fee years my waist seems to have disappeared and my stomach is far from flat. If I don't hold it in then I look a bit pregnant. What is the best way to target this area do you think?

Peevedtoday Sat 17-Sep-16 00:17:59

Core work, at least 3-5 times a week. YouTube is good, particularly if you find some core work for 'runners' that you like. I do mine in front of the to late at night... Takes about 12 minutes each time and some dedication but has been worth it! Much quicker than faffing around going to any classes. Good luck.

Peevedtoday Sat 17-Sep-16 00:18:34

'Tv' not 'to'

burnishedsilver Sat 17-Sep-16 00:59:10

Pilates

SeasonalVag Sat 17-Sep-16 06:09:57

I bought a slendertone belt, was virtually immobilized with several slipped discs...it strengthened by back and my stomach no end, in fact my tummy's never been so flat. But I did do an hour a day.

OneFlewOverTheMumsNest Sat 17-Sep-16 07:46:48

I'd like to know this too!

RedforDanger Sat 17-Sep-16 07:54:24

This is really simple but effective and should be done standing up

Take a deep breath, breathe out slowly whilst pulling your tummy muscles in/up, hold for as long as possible, repeat. Works for pelvic floor too. Quick, easy and can be done anywhere, anytime. I do it at work/bus stop, anywhere I'm standing for a while.

MYorke92 Sat 17-Sep-16 08:06:57

Hey fuzzypeggy I was into my fitness before during and after having my lil boy (he's nearly 3 now) it's sprang back pretty well but I still have the excess skin a little barely noticeable to others ..just to me! But I find that it isn't just stomach crunches planks etc that tone and slim down the stomach you've got to do some cardio with it too to burn the fat quicker while adding definition from the sit up type stuff . Also I found back exercises helped too maybe because you're sucking it in from all angles lol! Good luck xx

keeponkeepinon Sat 17-Sep-16 08:11:24

Fuzzy are you my long lost identical twin or something? grin

Fuzzypeggy Sat 17-Sep-16 08:14:04

Haha keepon, maybe I am!
Thanks for the ideas everyone, some good things to try

knitknack Sat 17-Sep-16 08:40:00

My 70 year old mil got a bit fed up with hers a few weeks ago (she's 6' tall and gorgeous!) so she hoopla hooped 3 times a week with one if those weighted hoops and is back to her flat tummied self!

Her 43 year old dil (ie me) also has a tummy issue and a weighted hoola hoop.... The difference is that mine sits in the garage gathering cobwebs.... Sigh

I'm going to start on Monday....

Scentofwater Sat 17-Sep-16 09:22:31

The flattest stomach I ever had was when I was lifting barbell weights. It's easier than it looks. I was spending about 30 min every other day including warmup and it did what all the hundreds of crunches never did. Had amazing toned arms/ shoulders and it made my back fat vanish too. As soon as my c sec heals enough to I will be back to it! Otherwise your best bet might be to lose a little weight unless you're already at ideal weight?

Pisssssedofff Sat 17-Sep-16 09:33:53

It's 80% diet. 3/4 litres of water a day apparently, I haven't actually achieved this once yet

ShutTheFuckUpBarbara Sat 17-Sep-16 09:48:34

Scentofwater and Pissssedoff I came on to say the same.

I never had a flat tummy, even before DD, but weightlifting and watching what I eat mean I now have visible abs.

By watching what I eat I don't mean going on a diet either, just making sure I get the right ratio of protein /carbs /fats and that I don't overeat but stop when satisfied

Ifailed Sat 17-Sep-16 09:51:44

you could have the best abs in the world, but if you are over-weight they'll be hidden by fat.So you need to exercise and lose lbs.

mumofthemonsters808 Sat 17-Sep-16 10:04:46

Belly Fat Buster dvd, a fiver off Amazon, different ten minute sections (cardi, pilates, etc), It will take time and needs to be done regularly, the first task will be to blast off the fat and then concentrate upon defining the tummy muscle and developing your core stength. In twelve months time, you will be proud as punch with your tummy.I feel like I work for the company because I promote it so much, but it has been the making of me.The first time I put in on, I could do hardly anything, but I persevered and the results have been amazing.Youll never look back.

Fuzzypeggy Sat 17-Sep-16 10:21:46

Thanks all. I really watch what I eat and definitely don't overeat but just by diet alone I don't seem to be able to shift the tummy fat

keeponkeepinon Sat 17-Sep-16 19:14:55

Cracking thread - do you weightlifter do cardiovascular as well? Do you use a particular book or anything? I have a couple of bodyweight ones - you are your own gym and body by you, but I have not really got going it. I have weights too but they are stored in the garage and not much space to have them out and useable all the time.

Pisssssedofff Sat 17-Sep-16 20:03:57

Have a look at Emily Skye she has some great videos on YouTube

Scentofwater Sat 17-Sep-16 20:19:23

keepon yes, I do/did cardio as well, but that was for stamina not appearance. I used to do a lot of cardio but it wasn't until I added weights that I saw much of an improvement. I did my own version of strong lifts 5x5. I tried the you are your own gym but frankly it was too faffy as I'd always lose track of what I was supposed to do next. I used body weight exercises to warm up for the weights though.

I'm totally out of shape/practice now however!

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