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7 Women Share How They Finally Lost Their Belly Fat
After having three children, Shantea Johnson felt frumpy and wanted to lose weight from her belly and hips. "I honestly had no idea how I could accomplish this feat, but I was determined," she says. "Coincidentally, a friend introduced me to the world of fitness competitions, and I began working with a trainer who taught me the importance of nutrition and how it's connected with obtaining the results I wanted."
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Shantea gave up soda and started eating five to six small, structured meals a day; each meal contained protein, a complex carb, and vegetables. Shantea went from 150 pounds in June 2012 to 120 pounds in October 2012 after cleaning up her nutrition, exercising five to six days per week, and completing abs-focused workouts two days a week. "To my surprise, my transformation revealed abs that I had never seen before in my life," Shantea says.
She also went on to compete in her first fitness competition, placing third. She continues to compete, and at age 42, she's been able to keep the weight off and maintain her abs. To keep her stomach toned, she does P90X Abs Ripper workouts, as well as exercises like planks and crunches.
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For Cori Magnotta, weight loss was a game. To get in shape, she Hula-Hooped for 30 minutes straight at least five days a week with the 2-pound , which is weighted to make the workout more challenging. "I watch TV while hooping and challenge myself to add in arm movements during commercials," she says. Over the course of 11 months, she lost a total of 80 pounds and toned her stomach.
Cori also went cold turkey on soda. Before she was drinking about four cans of Coke a day, but now she sticks to water. She fills up a 1-gallon jug each morning and makes it a goal to finish drinking it by the end of the day.
After having three kids in 2 years, Kate Glazer packed on more pounds than she realized. It got to the point where she didn't even recognize herself in photos. "If I hadn't known what I wore that day, I wouldn't have recognized myself," she says. To make a change, she started watching what she ate more carefully and taking walks around her neighborhood. But as winter approached in Baltimore, she had to take her workouts inside. She started working out on a , doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts on the machine, which she says allowed her to shed the belly fat. She's lost 60 pounds over the course of her fitness journey.
Lori Cheek had a tough time getting into yoga. Actually, it bored her. But when she ripped a calf muscle during a Zumba class and had to find an alternative way to work out, she tried an outdoor class that took place in a garden. It got her hooked on the practice. She started doing yoga three times a week, and then sought out more challenging classes as her body adapted. She says she lost about 10 pounds in 6 weeks and seriously strengthened her core. (Get the secret to banishing belly fat fromWHreaders who've done it with )
After Rachael Novello's daughter was born, she was anxious to get back in shape. "Being a personal trainer and former figure competitor, I know the idea of returning to your pre-baby body is a fantasy," says Rachael, a mom of two. She knew losing the residual fat her body built up wasn't going to be easy, even though she ate healthy and exercised daily. In June 2019, just 8 weeks after her daughter was born, she started using a StrongBoard, which is a balancing board that comes with recommended strength and balance moves. She says that she made the most of the StrongBoard while watching television or folding laundry. "Very quickly, I saw my entire body changing shape, but most noticeably my core." The StrongBoard, she says, helped contract her core while she was doing other tasks. Rachael says that an active pregnancy, eating a diet that was high in fiber with a balance of complex carbs and healthy fats, and balance training helped her shed the last bit of belly fat from her pregnancy. Rachael, who owns a boutique fitness studio, combines her StrongBoard workouts with other training, including lunges, squats, and biceps curls.
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During her freshman year of college, McKenzie Maxson adopted some late-night habits that led to the storied "freshman 15." Downing sugary, boozy drinks, followed up with junk food led to next-day hangovers and bloat. She noticed the weight gain most in her stomach and lower back. But when she went on a family vacation, she reverted to her healthier habits, like early-morning runs instead of trips for bagels and coffee, and started abstaining from alcohol. After 6 months of not drinking, she lost "the booze belly" and the 15 pounds she gained. Now, she only drinks on special occasions and enjoys a glass of wine or a simple cocktail, like a vodka soda, rather than sugar-loaded drinks.
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