How do I lose weight in my stomach and waist area?

I am 5’5″, 161 pounds and I have a huge stomach. I would love to lose about 70 pounds so I can weigh closer to 90 pounds and have a flatter stomach, but I’m worried about having gross saggy skin. I have already lost 15 pounds.

I want to lose weight and tone up my stomach. I’ve tried crunches, sit-ups,and everything but nothing works.

Help!

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7 Responses to “How do I lose weight in my stomach and waist area?”

  1. alexa said:

    abs! lot of abs!

  2. Kelly N said:

    Unfortunately, you can’t lose weight where you choose. In addition to ab workouts you’re going to have to do a hour of cardio 3 – 5 times a week and reduce how many calories you eat. When trying to lose weight try to eat 1,200 – 1,500 calories a day. You should add 2 – 3 days of strength training as well so you don’t have saggy skin. If your younger you shouldn’t have a problem with saggy skin since your skin has more elasticity.

  3. _leana_ said:

    WALK! WALK! WALK! If you do that for at least an hour and at least 4 days out of the week it will make a difference. But dont walk casually you have to push yourself and power walk which means you have to walk fast consistently. What your doing now isnt working because your working out muscle that is under fat… so its there its just not showing because of the fat. Good luck!

  4. Hanson said:

    The only way to lose weight and keep it off:

    Diet and Exercise
    Diet and Exercise
    Diet and Exercise

    There are no shortcuts!

    If you’re really serious about losing weight, prove it. Weight watchers is a healthy and reasonable solution.

  5. Imaka said:

    You really cannot spot reduce, and I know you don’t want to hear this but you don’t need to lose 70 pounds. You would probably benefit from losing about 25 to 30 pounds. At your height, 125 pounds would be an excellent weight, so reconsider your goals.

    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.

    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.

    http://www.nutrawatch.com/
    http://www.caloriesperhour.com/
    http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm
    http://www.wikihow.com/Lose-Weight-the-Healthy-Way
    http://weightloss.about.com/cs/fitness/a/aa011503a.htm
    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/no-weight-workout?page=4

  6. Michelle said:

    I’m trying to loose weight, actually I have been trying for the last six months… I’ve experimented with a lot of different things, but I think I finally found something that might work.
    I started with some cookies made by a doctor named Dr. Siegel. I’ve started eating the cookies a little over two weeks ago and I’ve already lost 10 pounds. The cookies taste good and they work the way they claim to. Whenever I feel hungry I just eat a cookie and I won’t be hungry anymore.
    I still have a long way to go to reach my weight loss goal but with these cookies I think I can do it!

  7. D said:

    Well first off let me say you should not weigh 90 pounds! You would be extremely underweight. Your BMI (body mass index) can give you an idea of what would be a healthy weight. The normal BMI weight range when calculating it is 18.5-24.9. If you were 90 pounds your BMI would be 15.0. Not good! I would say a good weight for you would be between 120 and 130. You can still have a flat stomach at that weight. You should make that your goal that way instead of having to lose 70 pounds you’ll only have to lose a little over 30 pounds which would probably be much easier. You’ve already lost 15. I really don’t think you’ll have saggy skin since you’re not THAT much overweight. And as long as when you’re working out you’re consistent with strength training I don’t see any problems. You could even go to your local gym and see if you could ask a couple questions about it. I’m sure they would know.




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