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Lose Stubborn Fat

by Elesia

I have tried a variety of exercises as well as combining certain techniques and exercises such as running/jogging and pilates. I was running up to 5 miles and doing pilates or dance alternating 5-7 days per week. The fat around my belly shrank a little amount but I still have the unwanted hang.

I'm 5'4" and I weigh 136. My waist is 28" hips are 33" but I wear a 31 pants largest part of thigh 22.5". I do do some light weight training, so that I don't bulk up I only use 3-5 lbs and do reps reps reps, then I gain weight.

AFTER not exercising for 2 months I lost about 4-5 lbs which put me at 133-132. I do not understand what's happening to my body....

I'm 23 and have had 2 kids (one is 6 the other 10 months) and still have a baby belly. I have returned to pre- pregnancy weight and even less but still can't lose stubborn fat and get rid of this hip and belly fat that is so tough.

Are the foods I am eating affecting my results? I eat a lot of cereal, wheat bread low fat peanut butter, jam, lean meat at dinner with veg and rice, occasionally ice cream (light). I do usually eat a chocolate bar within three days. I snack all day usually up until the time I go to bed, sad to admit it but I don't follow the "don't eat after 7" rule.

Are there secrets to targeting these areas hard core?

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by: Monica

Hey Elesia

Thanks for including all those details. You're fairly young and were able to get below your post pregnanacy weight without much of a problem but now you are struggling to lose stubborn fat and not sure why all the things you are doing are not working or worst causing you to gain weight. Then you take some time off and you lose weight. Confusing and frustrating for sure!

The main issue with your workouts is that running, pilates, and light weights are the worst exercises for fatloss. They may work for a short period of time but then your body gets conditioned to it and it just stops working and for some it can actually cause weight gain because those types of workouts increase appetite but don't burn much fat, a bad combination.

The best type of workout for somebody who is young and doesn't have a weight problem is circuit training 4 x a week. Check out my video below to see how. Notice how I'm pressing and rowing 15 lb dumbbells. I'm your exact height and have weighed about 15 lb less than you do for the past 10 years now. Circuit workouts do not allow for long rest periods and this is what forces your body to burn fat and get lean. You don't need to be afraid of weight when you're using it the right way.

Your body will eventually get used to this type of workout too so try to switch out your workouts every 3-4 weeks.

Your diet is a minor problem. The main issue is you need to set an eating schedule and stick to it. Snacking all day is worst than you eating past 7pm because your body never has the chance to use that fuel. Try 3 small meals and 2 small snacks. See if you can follow the plan below.

meal 1: bread with all natural peanut butter and 1/2 banana or 1/2 c berries (getting rid of that low fat pb and the jelly makes a huge difference)

meal 2: big salad with at east 5 types of raw veggies, spinach and romaine, and small portion of lean protein (no starchy carbs at this meal)

snack 1: 1 cheese stick and 1 piece of fruit or 1/2 cup all natural yogurt (no lowfat w/ artificial sweetners, this stuff is the leading cause of muffin top)

meal 3: rice, veg, lean meat

snack 4: 1/2 cup ice cream or small piece of your chocolate bar (this will teach you how to cut back on sugar and calories without feeling deprived)

Do not allow yourself to eat any other times of the day. Your body needs calorie depletion. Think of food as fuel and nothing else. Let me know what happens after a week.

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