The Overhang – Understand It And Get Rid Of It

April 24, 2013      

One of the most frustrating parts about losing weight, losing stomach fat and achieving the body your dreams is looking in to the mirror and seeing what is commonly termed “the overhang”, “the pouch” or most affectionately of all, “the mothers apron”.

No matter how much weight you lose or how much the needle on the scales falls, when you look in the mirror you still see what can only be described as a deflated balloon looking back at you.

So what can be done about this most frustrating of fat deposits? Well the good news is that you can leap over this final weight loss hurdle – the bad news is that you’re going to have to work pretty hard for it.

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Delight has lost 20kgs and her “tummy overhang” using The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges.

To beat the “overhang” it will first help to understand it. The most important thing to understand is that belly fat is made up of not one, but two types of fat – which is why losing belly fat is tougher than losing fat off our arms or legs (which is made up of only one layer of fat).

The top layer is called the subcutaneous fat and this sits on top and is the soft, cushy fat that you can touch, feel and see staring back at you in the mirror. The underlying fat is what’s called the visceral fat and this surrounds our vital organs which can cause health implications such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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Subcutaneous fat simply stores unused calories around our waistline in the event that one day you will be threatened with starvation and your will body will need an excess calorie supply to survive. Basically to lose the “overhang” you need to overcome thousands of years of human evolution dating back to caveman times when the threat of over eating was less prevalent.

Visceral fat however is much more active below the surface which plays havoc with your insulin resistance levels and can lead to more complicated health issues, which is yet another very good reason to work at losing “overhang” stomach fat.

How to lose “the overhang”?

The key to ridding your body of both Visceral fat and Subcutaneous fat and ultimately the dreaded overhang is very simple: You need to move – ALOT & OFTEN! This does not mean doing endless crunches, sit-ups and planks – although these are great exercises when included into a well rounded diet & exercise routine, you cannot use them to isolate weight loss or target areas.

To help bust this myth a little further it will help to learn that when you perform a crunch or sit up exercise you’re in fact only working the abdominal muscles which lie beneath the fat on your stomach – the fat on top however is doing little to no work at all and has the intention of going nowhere fast!

As such isolating only the abdominals will have absolutely no bearing on the removal of the fat above it as the abdominal muscle and the fat above it are not directly related, other than by being closely positioned anatomically. I know – how can this be?

The simple fact is that fat is stored energy (calories) just waiting to be burned whether it is located on your stomach, legs, bum or arms, and in 99% of cases when you exercise the last fat to get burned is from your bum and stomach (blame evolution again).

Many people still believe in the concept of spot reduction i.e. Asking your body to only remove fat from one area of your body e.g. removing fat from your legs when you perform a squat or removing fat from your stomach when you perform a crunch but unfortunately this is not yet possible. For now we have to play by mother natures rules.

What we do know is that when we exercise or perform physical activity our body burns energy (calories/excess fat) from all over our body without bias. The areas that it will first start to burn is often genetically predetermined, but for most people and especially women the bum and stomach areas are the last places to see the fat burning take place. This is why abdominal muscles are often the last muscles to make an appearance on your new lighter body as they’ve been hiding under both your subcutaneous and visceral belly fat even though you’ve performed a thousand crunches!

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You also need to work on your diet – the combination of the right diet and exercise is the best thing you can do and the Lose Baby Weight plans are perfect for reaching this balance in a sensible way – all specifically created for busy and tired mums. You can choose the Healthy Mummy Smoothies or the 28 Day Plan or combine the two. You can read about the plans and how they work here

So where does this leave my overhang?

If you’ve read up to this point you’ve probably realised there is no ONE miracle exercise that will remove excess overhang, however the great news is that if you combine multiple exercises such as walking, jogging, squats, push-ups, crunches and any of the hundreds and hundreds of different movements that your body can perform I guarantee that your stubborn, seemingly immovable “overhang” will be on borrowed time.The key point to remember is that it will take time but if you keep going, it will be worth it!

And remember small amounts of progress is still progress so don’t ever ever give up and remember to take measurements too and don’t just live by the scales.

Mums on our plans who have lost their overhang

Some wonderful mums who have used the Lose Baby Weight products and plans have shared their stories and pictures to show how the “overhang” CAN be eliminated.

Below are a few of the fantastic mums who have used a combination of our Healthy Mummy Smoothies and The 28 Day Weight Loss Plan to overcome the battle of the ‘mother’s apron’.



Lauren Breedt has lost an incredible 46kgs* and her “overhang” using the 28 Day Weight Loss Plans.jade shaw

Jade Shaw has used the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges to lose 30kgs* and eliminate her excess tummy fat.

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Nicole Daniels‘ “overhang” is non-existent after losing 27kgs* on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges


Tamara Deborah lost 35kgs*and countless cm’s from her tummy using the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges and Healthy Mummy Smoothies.

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100 Days to Summer Motivating Mum Stacey Chisholm has lost 21kg* and her ‘overhang’. Stacey says “I love it how I have found a program that works for me! Lose Baby Weight has given me my confidence back!! I never thought there was so much support around until I met everyone on the same journey”

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* Results or situations may vary from person to person and results cannot be guaranteed.

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