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Old 07-24-2009, 08:49 AM   #1
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Targeted weight loss?

After my wife got pregnant years ago, I've put on some weight.
Almost all of it being between my waist and neck. My arms, legs, face, and neck gained very little weight, but some.

Problem is- if I lose weight- I don't want to lose the fat I've gained in those areas. I only want to lose it from my waist to neck.

How can I lose weight from my stomach/chest without losing the little bit of weight I've put on the other areas?

If I lose weight in my face especially I look like a skeleton (not really, but my face is pretty thin...)

TIA

 
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Re: Targeted weight loss?

"Spot reduction" of body fat is not generally possible. Patterns of loss (or gain) of body fat tend to occur in genetically determined patterns.

However, gain (or loss) of muscle is highly dependent on which parts of your body that you exercise.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:21 PM   #3
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Re: Targeted weight loss?

That's what I have read before.
So what do you suggest?

 
Old 07-24-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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Re: Targeted weight loss?

If you have excess body fat, lose it to improve health (one benchmark is to get your waist at navel level to less than half your height). But accept the fact that your body will decide where it wants to lose the fat.

You may also want to include strength training to build up muscle mass.

 
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Re: Targeted weight loss?

I find that I generally lose weight in my "problem areas" and tend to stay about the same in some areas, so hopefully you will be the same! It's true you can't spot reduce, but some people gain weight more easily in certain areas and lose weight more easily there too.

I find that to slim down in my midsection, it is helpful to eat a diet high in protein and lower in carbs. I still eat plenty of carbs, but I make sure to eat less of them than I did before and stick to the healthy ones that digest slowly, not the overly processed ones (like white bread, candy, etc). I eat lots of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and small servings of carbs.

For exercise, try some cardio to burn fat and some strengh training to firm up. Together, you will get good results. The strength training should keep you firm and not too thin looking. Just remember, if you start to lose too much weight in another area, you can stop. I just find that when I'm doing a full body workout, I still lose more fat in my stomach than anywhere else, which is a good thing since I want to keep a slim midsection!

Best of luck to you

 
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