Losing the last few pounds

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    So I'm sure there are a million and one posts about this exact topic, but hopefully I can get a few helpful responses.

    So I've been lifting weights for about a year, and have gotten really serious about it a few months ago. I've lost about 30 pounds so far, and at least doubled my muscle mass. My problem is I still have a few pounds to lose (maybe 10 max) and I can't seem to find a way to do it. My current program is lifting 6 days a week, chest and arms 1st day, back and abs second day, legs and shoulders third day, day off, repeat. I'm studying to be a personal trainer and I've found out that weight lifting is probably the best cardio you can do, which is why I've almost doubled my weight volume and cut out cardio from my routine.

    So my question is: what have you guys done to cut that last little bit of fat to really show off your muscles?

    I work full time, go to school, and like I said I'm already in the gym 6 days a week so my schedule is pretty booked, so I'm not really looking for "an hour of cardio a day" just because there's no way I can do that. My diet I would say is pretty decent, I try to eat out as little as possible and if I do, I try to make it as healthy as I can, but I'm usually pretty good about cooking at home, but I'm more than open to diet tips too.

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    jperkins125 saidSo my question is: what have you guys done to cut that last little bit of fat to really show off your muscles?
    In my quest to lose 60 lbs, the last 10 lbs took the longest to go...but the process is the same: Eat right, workout, and be patient.
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    I keep telling myself that, but it's so hard! :p
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    jperkins125 saidI keep telling myself that, but it's so hard! :p
    No it's not. It's actually very easy. The only difficult thing is waiting, and that's not a problem if you "know" results will happen.

    Think of this: You already know what you did was successful. If you keep doing it, the results will eventually show. However, if what you did was hard, then it won't do you any good to lose that last 10 because you'll stop what you've been doing at that point, then gain your weight back. Find a program that you can maintain easily as part of your lifestyle so it's not a burden.
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    Thank you for the awesome advice, I've never really looked at it like that icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    jperkins125 saidThank you for the awesome advice, I've never really looked at it like that icon_biggrin.gif
    Nobody ever does. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    I've been struggling with today, hit a very low point today. I let myself cheat a bit today (Sats are cheats on my diet/refeed) and I about broke down. I've been at 169-170 for ages, and my stomach still looks the same.

    I'm about to shock things up. I just started a new lifting routine, incorporating tons of drop sets and shorter rest periods, and I'm going to start a different diet to shock my body a bit. Also employing a bunch of new core exercises and upping my ab workout from once a week to twice a week.

    Today has been fucking horrible. I shouldn't have even bothered cheating, but it's almost necessary for the diet. It just felt like the entire world was mocking me today. I'm not gonna get into the details, but I hope tomorrow will be better, lol.
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    Jun 26, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidI'm about to shock things up. I just started a new lifting routine...
    I've found it more effective (and more fun) to change routines every week.
    That could also be why I get sore as fuck every week. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    I have the same problem. I will probably start seeing a personal trainer this week.
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    Jun 26, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidI've been struggling with today, hit a very low point today. I let myself cheat a bit today (Sats are cheats on my diet/refeed) and I about broke down. I've been at 169-170 for ages, and my stomach still looks the same.

    I'm about to shock things up. I just started a new lifting routine, incorporating tons of drop sets and shorter rest periods, and I'm going to start a different diet to shock my body a bit. Also employing a bunch of new core exercises and upping my ab workout from once a week to twice a week.

    Today has been fucking horrible. I shouldn't have even bothered cheating, but it's almost necessary for the diet. It just felt like the entire world was mocking me today. I'm not gonna get into the details, but I hope tomorrow will be better, lol.


    Hope you have a better day tomorrow! icon_biggrin.gif smile you've come a long way
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