Q & A: How to Get Rid of the Belly Pooch and Lower belly Fat ?

I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from a woman who could not get rid of what she calls her belly pooch. She told me she has been eating right and working out and has lost some weight but her stomach is still sticking out. In response, I told her I will make a video explaining what I think might be the problem.

Getting rid of the belly pooch may have nothing to do with your diet or your aerobic program. For many people who are eating right and working out regularly but still have a belly pooch (stomach sticks out) the problem might be tight hip flexors. When your hip flexors are tight it tilts your pelvis into a position that makes your stomach stick out.

You can flatten your stomach by stretching out your hip flexors and strengthening your hip extensors. Stretching the three primary hip flexors known as Psoas Major, Illiacus and Rectus Femoris and strengthening the hip extensors known as Gluteus Maximus and Hamstrings could solve the belly pooch problem for good.

Let  me know if you have a belly pooch problem and waht you have done to get rid of it.

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Best - Mike Cola


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15 Responses to “Q & A: How to Get Rid of the Belly Pooch and Lower belly Fat ?”

  1. Nice video Mike, I know a few people who have this problem so I will pass this page on to them 🙂

  2. Love your clear, patient demonstrations. Thanks@

  3. loved the demonnstation how often should I do these stretches and is there more..because I’m ready to lose this pooch

  4. Hi Debra,

    Thanks for watching the video.

    Do the exercises three times per week or every other day.

    I will be coming out with a number of new videos in the next few weeks. I will expand on the exercises for getting rid of the belly pooch.

    Best – Mike

  5. BRADLEY HEWITT May 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Had this problem for years which has given me back problems and prevented me from playing high level soccer. Top class video. This will change a lot for me.

  6. how many times a day do you need to do these

  7. Once a day.. 3 times per week should be enough…

  8. Hi Mike,
    Great post on how to get rid of the belly pooch and lower belly fat and like to add we must prefer raw food over processed food, increase our water intake and start drinking green tea. Avoid drinking beverages and diet soda and avoid eating shorlty before going to bed.

  9. Hi Mike,
    Great post on how to get rid of the belly pooch and lower belly fat and like to add we must eat 5 servings of raw food daily and drink more water than routine. Drink 2/3 cups of green tea daily and avoid beverages, soda and even diet soda. Avoid eating late and shortly before going to bed.

  10. I’m also worry about my belly pooch dieting and regular exercise it’s really not making any difference on me. Really need suggesstion.

  11. Loved the video ~ 6 pack here I come 😉

  12. I do kickboxing and have suffered an injury to my sciatica with tight hip muscles and work out often but have a tummy bulge as well that i cant get rid of. I am thin and in shape but just cant get rid of it no matter what I do… Help

  13. Hi Elece,

    Try the exercises that I recommended but be careful with your back…make sure your keep you abs tight (contracted) to protect your back …

    Checkout this post – http://www.fitnesscontrarian.com/stretches-for-lower-back-pain-lower-back-stretches-to-avoid/

    If you don’t feel better in a few weeks…see a sports doctor.

    Best – Mike

  14. Hi Mike,

    I have this problem as well! If these exercises are done 3 times per week, about how long until results can be seen?

    Thank you.

  15. Hi Chelsea,

    I should help in a few weeks….

    Best – Mike