I am 31 years old. I am losing weight, but I cannot lose my mid-sections. What exercises do you recommend?
Hi there and thank you very much for your question!
Many people ask this question on a daily basis and the answer is always the same. You must work your full body to burn fat!
Your body basically chooses where the fat will burn from and in women it very often comes off hips, bums and thighs last. This is actually your body's way of being ready for pregnancy so even though it might make you feel bad there is a biological reason for your fat being there!
No matter how much people tell you doing sit-ups will reduce body fat this is not true! Doing sit-ups is a fantastic way to STRENGTHEN your core/midsection but what will burn your fat off around your midsection is increasing your pulse rate for about 30 minutes every day.
Try bicycling, jogging, skipping, running ect… anything to make you out of breath and sweaty!! If you are already do this, then you will need to increase the amount of muscle you have. The best way to do this is through training with weights or resistance. If you are wanting a weights/resistance training plan, there are 3 different plans in my book, one for the beginner to introduce exercise into your life, one for exercising at home and one for exercising in the gym. All programs are directly aimed at women with PCOS.
You may also take a look at your posture. Having bad posture can make you look 3 to 4 sizes bigger!! So make sure that your hips are in their correct position and that your shoulders are back and your head is up! If you think you may have bad posture go and see a chiropractor with a good reputation – and don't forget to mention you have PCOS!
I hope that this helps and have fun raising your pulse rate!
Gemma Personal Trainer for women with PCOS Author of the PCOez Fitness ebook.
Editor's note: It can be especially difficult for women with PCOS to lose fat weight from the midsection. A couple of contributing factors to this problem are excessive stress hormones such as cortisol, and insulin dysfunction ("insulin resistance"). You can find some good tips for reducing stress in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility. Insulin resistance can be at least partially controlled with a healthier diet, as described in this book.