2

votes

Burning Lower Stomach Fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Hi all! I've been Paleo for six months now and have tried IF and all that to try to lose my muffin top. That got a little too difficult so I recently just switched into Bulletproof "tea" fasting each morning which involves not eating until 2pm or later (regular IF was too stressful). I've only done it for 2 days, but combined with eating healthy (paleo style of course), exercising 30 minutes a day, and doing the bulletproof tea "fasting" will I lose my lower stomach fat and in what amount of time you think? (it's already been six months haha) Or have other bulletproof tea fasters out there lost desired amount of fat and want to encourage me that this will work?

It's been the only thing I just can't seem to get rid of and it is SO frusterating. I know people say that some women just carry more fat around there and it's perfectly healthy yatta yatta haha, but I used to have a VERY flat stomach with no muffin top at all so I know it's possible for my body! I just need to get it back, I went paleo in effort of that which has been awesome but for some reason the fat there won't budge! Can anyone reccomend anything else to lose the inches around there? I've been doing crunches faithfully too even though I know you can't spot reduce, I like to pretend it's helping ahha! Thank you so much! And I'm not so much trying to lose weight, I'm trying to lose FAT! :)

I am 5"1 and 116 lbs and 16 btw.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Thank you Thommo! I'm gonna start doing HIIT once a week again. I was doing it for about three weeks every other day at one point, but it was SO difficult. I'll try to take a crack at it again thanks :) !

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:05 AM

okay thank you very much laurie!!

Bd5f68adc20a1eef51aebe7ee0e619ae

(220)

on August 02, 2012
at 10:10 PM

The sprinting will probably be more beneficial than the planks if you're already doing crunches. Give it a crack. Once a week. 10 to 20 minutes of sprints. Check out Mark's Daily Apple for some good drills.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on August 02, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Great answer, Shannon!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:42 PM

thank you for your advice crystal!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:41 PM

thank you so very muchh!!! That's good to know that the scale will stay the same as long as I REPLACE the fat with the muscle. Thanks!!

662c4bb806c44db095e1b606be899005

(20)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Without listing a boatload of various exercises, I would recommend reading the faq/exercises and demos on Crossfit.com. It lists a wide variety of body weight exercises that would meet your needs. Solid state cardio (ie running) is not an optimal way to burn fat. You have to build muscle to burn fat. I'm not saying that the scales will go up (you shouldn't be worrying about that) but if you lose 10 lbs. of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle....it'll stay the same and you will look great. You are 16, eat healthy, stay fit, and the results you are looking for will come...at a healthy rate.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:08 PM

which full body exercises would you reccomend the most? I want to do things I enjoy rather than just running. Is kickboxing or dancing good? And awwhh that's what I hate :/ I'm afraid to gain muscle b/c I don't want to see the scale go up.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Aw thank you very much Shannon!

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I like what Ryan said. You're 16. Please don't start obsessing over a little extra lower-belly fat (which is completely normal to have). Eat real food, stay active, and focus on being healthy and happy. I would strongly recommend against IF just for the purpose of achieving a certain aesthetic. If you were overweight, I'd have a different answer, but you're not.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:26 PM

I will start doing more planks haha thank you!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Thank you for your tips!!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 02:52 PM

haha yah I have a lot of other names for it in my head besides stubborn hahaha but that is SO good to hear about the bulletproof fasting. congrats!! and Thank you for that!! I love hearing that the bulletproof IFing is working for people, it is so encouraging. Hopefully with time it'll melt my fat right there away :)

  • C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

    asked by

    (753)
  • Views
    5.1K
  • Last Activity
    1429D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

best answer

2
6bce08b072e3cea49b292658b9d5d197

on August 02, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Hi Amber,

Bad news first...lower stomach fat is almost ALWAYS the last to go, hence the nickname "stubborn". The good news is that what you're doing sounds just about right. I IF the same way you do, coffee with fat in the AM, then nothing until about 5 PM. I've lost 25 pounds in about 3 months with about 20 more to go. So don't worry, you'll get there. Just be patient a keep on keeping on.

http://www.jbprimal.com

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 02:52 PM

haha yah I have a lot of other names for it in my head besides stubborn hahaha but that is SO good to hear about the bulletproof fasting. congrats!! and Thank you for that!! I love hearing that the bulletproof IFing is working for people, it is so encouraging. Hopefully with time it'll melt my fat right there away :)

8
575f464908f2c1a92e00c55ff77c0eea

on August 02, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Your age group is at a particularly high risk for developing eating disorders. Although I commend your commitment to your health, I ask you to reconsider IF as your primary eating pattern. Fuel yourself throughout the day, keep your eating clean and learn how to read your hunger cues. Don't pick apart your body. You are a young woman and your body is going through natural changes. Ease up on yourself and be proud of your healthy lifestyle :)

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Aw thank you very much Shannon!

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on August 02, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Great answer, Shannon!

8
D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Please try to not worry about losing fat. You're still growing. I know many people go through phases of gaining/losing fat during and after puberty. I think it's pretty normal. If you intentionally try to restict calories and lose weight now, you might be setting yourself up for problems later down the road.

You're doing great by eating Paleo. You probably don't need to fast. Just keep eating healthy and stay active.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Thank you for your tips!!

3
Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I agree with Ryan about not wanting to restrict calories while your body is still growing.

And, just so you know, that last bit is challenging. IF doesn't always work for women for the last 5 pounds; for some it seems to cause excess cortisol that makes their body hold onto the fat. Remember that it's all about hormone balance!

You may want to try other things: smaller meals more often, sprinting once a week, more gentle walking.

And planks will give you flatter abs than crunches.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 03:26 PM

I will start doing more planks haha thank you!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Thank you Thommo! I'm gonna start doing HIIT once a week again. I was doing it for about three weeks every other day at one point, but it was SO difficult. I'll try to take a crack at it again thanks :) !

Bd5f68adc20a1eef51aebe7ee0e619ae

(220)

on August 02, 2012
at 10:10 PM

The sprinting will probably be more beneficial than the planks if you're already doing crunches. Give it a crack. Once a week. 10 to 20 minutes of sprints. Check out Mark's Daily Apple for some good drills.

1
662c4bb806c44db095e1b606be899005

on August 02, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Your diet is where it needs to be. I would focus on doing a bit more strength and core training...not to target your belly fat mind you. When you build muscle, you burn excess fat. Training your core as a whole by performing more full body exercises will glean far more beneficial results than just doing crunches. Key take away : building muscle burns fat...also as you build muscle and lose fat you may not see lower scale weights; in fact you may gain a small amount of weight as muscle weighs more than fat.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:41 PM

thank you so very muchh!!! That's good to know that the scale will stay the same as long as I REPLACE the fat with the muscle. Thanks!!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:08 PM

which full body exercises would you reccomend the most? I want to do things I enjoy rather than just running. Is kickboxing or dancing good? And awwhh that's what I hate :/ I'm afraid to gain muscle b/c I don't want to see the scale go up.

662c4bb806c44db095e1b606be899005

(20)

on August 02, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Without listing a boatload of various exercises, I would recommend reading the faq/exercises and demos on Crossfit.com. It lists a wide variety of body weight exercises that would meet your needs. Solid state cardio (ie running) is not an optimal way to burn fat. You have to build muscle to burn fat. I'm not saying that the scales will go up (you shouldn't be worrying about that) but if you lose 10 lbs. of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle....it'll stay the same and you will look great. You are 16, eat healthy, stay fit, and the results you are looking for will come...at a healthy rate.

0
3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

on August 03, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Do yourself a favor and ditch the scale. You should gauge the state of your body by how healthy you feel and not on some arbitrary number on a list based on faulty averages somewhere. Get strong and healthy. Revel in health, not how thin you can be. There are a lot of very unhealthy skinny people out there. I have taught high school for 25 years. Boys put on height very fast and get gangly, then fill out. Girls tend to go through growth stages where they put on a little extra then slim out again but with more curves. Don't fret about it - just eat well (real food) and keep active but don't overdo it.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:05 AM

okay thank you very much laurie!!

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!