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How can I lose some weight in the mid-section?

Can anyone tell me a way I can lose some fat in my stomach area that can be done at home? I know sit-ups work, but lately I feel this pain deep in the left side of my chest, right about where my heart is, that gets literally unbearable after one or two sit-ups. I have no clue what it is, but I’m almost sure it’s a muscle problem as it just…feels like it, y’know?

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12 Responses to “How can I lose some weight in the mid-section?”

  1. Inga said :


  2. Creek said :

    stop being a pig

  3. Darn M said :

    go to the doctor

  4. Love Blind. said :

    Cardio and eat right

  5. Buck Eye said :

    reduce calories to your body type and age~~do anykind of exercise that you will stay with

    the *right* exercise is the one you will do and not get tired of

    the list is endless

  6. Patti said :

    Walk or run, that pulls your stomach in like a girdle and is very beneficial for your heart, lungs, blood pressure and other muscles in the body. If you pulled a muscle, taking CLA may help repair it. Most people don’t get enough of it due to modern farming methods, you can find it at your local health food store and sometimes in the body-building sections of other stores. I’ve used it for pains between my ribcage after lifting, and the next morning the pain was gone.

  7. Jared M said :

    do lots of cardio work. anything to make your heart beat, make you sweat, and run out of breath. sustain that out of breath horribly sweating feeling for 30 – 40 min. do that 5 times a week. your body will start needing more energy so it will pull it from the fat in the stomach.

  8. PSPK said :

    Cardiovascular work such as running, rowing, cycling, walking… there is loads you can do 🙂

    To help the process you can do some sit ups to help burn fat

    Also cut out sweets, pastries and alchol from your diet, these increase fat at a phenominoal rate!

    hope this helps!

  9. loverunning94 said :

    well i run/walk for 25 minutes a day and also cut back (but not eliminate) my junk food intake. So far its working for me. Oh and make sure you eat some fruit or veggies every day, even if its one serving. try eating subway sometimes i hear that helps you lose weight with exercise.

  10. kikinjoe said :

    One when you lose weight you lose it everywhere not just in one place. Sit ups don’t burn fat they build muscle, if you want to lose weight do cardio.

  11. fjasmint said :

    Try pilates. & you do know that your heart is a muscle. Go see your doctor.

  12. Imaka said :

    Weight loss is an overall process and there are no magic answers. Pay no attention to weight loss supplements and pills and all the latest fads. You need to think about many factors but most of them are related to issues we’ve known about for a very long time. There are many sensible things you can do that will make a tremendous difference over the long term if you need to lose weight. It can be done in a healthy way. This is what has worked for me.

    Keeping a food journal really does help. It will give you a much better sense of how much you are eating, and when, and why.

    Make a few additional small changes – walk everywhere, always use stairs instead of elevators, walk on escalators, get up and move around at least once an hour if your work or your life in general is sedentary, walk every day, use a pedometer. Walking 10,000 steps a day is a really good idea. Build up to a long brisk walk everyday, or most days. Be more active and watch less TV and spend less time on the computer. Buy one piece of exercise equipment to have at home and be strict with yourself about using it. Sometimes you can find mini-steppers or exercise bikes at second hand stores and thrift stores for just a few dollars.

    Start a weight lifting routine. Join a gym. Possibly you can find one that has someone who specializes in weight lifting programs for beginners. Weight lifting will increase your metabolism as well as improve posture and appearance overall. Even if you can’t get to the gym you can work out at home using things around the house. Invest in a good weight training book. The Dummies series actually has a good one.

    In terms of diet, cut out or reduce things like junk food, pop, fat, fast food. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish. Particularly if you choose a vegetarian lifestyle include natural peanut butter, hummus, dried fruit and nuts. Pay close attention to getting the nutrients your body needs to be healthy.

    Make your portion sizes smaller. Use a smaller plate – in our society we have become accustomed to thinking that we need a large plate of food at every meal, and we don’t. About quarter of your plate of food should be protein and at least half of it should be veggies.

    Learn to count calories. At your current weight and activity level, you may possibly need about 2000 calories or more to maintain your current weight. So you will lose weight at a reasonable and healthy rate if you cut back to about 1600 or 1700 calories a day.

    Eat small amounts frequently, rather than three large meals. Never skip breakfast. Include some protein in your breakfast. It will help get you through the day.

    Drink plenty of water, at least 8 big glasses of water a day, and more if it is very hot, if you sweat a lot, or if you are exercising intensely, and eliminate fruit juices. Fruit juices have too many calories, so get your vitamins from fresh fruit, not the juice. You will begin to see changes in your body.

    Vary your routines. Don’t eat the same number of calories every day (vary your calories from 1400 a day to 1900 or 2000 some days), eat a variety of foods, and do different kinds and amounts of exercise. You will lose weight much more efficiently if you mix things up from time to time so that your body doesn’t adjust to any one routine.

    An area that many people overlook is getting enough sleep. You are much more likely to overeat or to binge eat if you are tired and not well rested, so get enough sleep.

    Check out websites about nutrition, exercise, weight training, etc. Here are a few helpful links.


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