cant lose the last 10

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    Jul 14, 2007 3:38 PM GMT
    hey guys,

    i have been working out since about 7th grade and im now a senior at college. Im in great shape i eat healthy, and workout 5 days a week. No matter what i try though i can never get a truly toned look. im not fat by any means but does anybody have any ideas or suggestions on how to get toned up and lose those last pounds?????????
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    Jul 14, 2007 5:32 PM GMT
    A. it could be your genes, and maybe just maybe you're supposed to look the way you do. I am not saying this is for sure, but think about it.

    B. You're probably not eating enough, often enough. Imagine this: to lose non-lean mass you should never feel hungry during the day.

    You also need to eat all the right stuff, none of the bad stuff, you need to drink water like you want to drown.

    You have to get essential oils, vitamins, minerals.

    You have to do cardio a few times a week at the RIGHT intensity which seems to be lower than what most people are doing, and not for too long. Too many people do too much too intense cardio. An hour of treadmill 3 times a week max maybe.

    You have to sleep at least 8 hours every day. That's the hard one.

    And finally, it all comes back to your genes.

    I would say if you're in good shape and healthy, getting ripped is not reallly a necessity. All those models/bodybuilders you see in the magazines are not walking around looking that ripped day in and day out. They too gain extra weight for the off season and I also suspect several of them take diuretics before the photoshoots.

    So don't take the magazines as the standard that you have to match. As for the people on here who have incredibly well defined midsections -- well some of them are doing the things listed above, and others have good genes...
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    Jul 15, 2007 5:39 AM GMT
    What Troy said.

    For those of us of European descent, centuries of feast and famine (seasonal or otherwise) have likely hard-wired our genetic code to store a little extra for the lean times. Not a universal maxim, but true enough. Supermarkets and 24-hour availability of fast food on demand has only been a reality for the past 50 years or so, and our genes haven't caught up with these radical cultural changes.

    That said, a little paunch can actually be kind of hot. Yeah, like the rest of you guys, I love seeing pics of ripped dudes on RJ and similar sites. However, in real life, doesn't the sight of a belly (not talking behemoth here) evoke a sense of "lovable, huggable and real?" As much as my vane ego tries to convince me otherwise, there are far worse things in life than having a paunch.

    Now, in an act of pure and flagrant hypocrisy, I would suggest:

    * Avoid all trans fats (hydrogenated oils)
    * Avoid processed grains/flours (if you gotta have it, eat it earlier in the day)
    * Eat smaller dinners (groan...I suck at this)
    * Take walks

    I generally don't practice what I preach, but during bouts of unexplained self-discipline, these are the things that have helped me tighten my belt a notch or two.
  • hotversguy

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    Aug 24, 2007 5:47 AM GMT
    you may not be done growing. seriously.
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    Aug 24, 2007 9:17 AM GMT
    try putting on more lean muscle and then cutting. Work with heavier weights maybe?
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    Aug 24, 2007 10:47 AM GMT
    Have you tried puking?
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    Aug 24, 2007 1:42 PM GMT
    That's it! I'm gonna hold colm down and shove McDonald's Big Macs down his throat. Who's with me?!

    On a more serious note - have you ever figured out what your resting metabolic rate is and compared that to your level of physical activity? That was a real eye opener for me - drastically altered what I was eating as a result.
  • irishboxers

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    Aug 24, 2007 3:42 PM GMT
    Don't know if you're doing this already, but I found that when I changed my regular elliptical (sp?) and treadmill workouts to interval workouts, I saw a big difference in the effectiveness.

    Most machines have interval settings (usually in the Hill settings). The idea behind it is to simulate actual activity...which changes in level and intensity, not the steady pace of most cardio workouts. Men's Health has some good interval workouts (where I got mine), but you can also just warm up, then "sprint" for thirty seconds and then slow down for a minute. You can also do a progressive interval, like 30 sec sprint, minute slow, 45 sec sprint, minute slow, minute sprint, etc. all the way up to a minute and a half and then come back down. Repeat that two or three times and you'll feel like you just played four quarters.

    That said, still working on my last 10 (or 15) myself (the genes are at play there). But the intervals brought me down from thinking about 25 or 30 lbs to thinking about 10lbs.

    For what it's worth...
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:52 PM GMT
    hey tyguy, tell us what you're eating.

    a bagel with cream cheese may have about the same calories as a plain chicken breast with steamed broccoli, but we all know which one is gonna rest around your gut. :)
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    I'm assuming you're still drinking beer if you're in college? I say finish off your senior year with a bang, and worry about that last 10 later.
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    Aug 26, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    ok thanks for all the tips guys, and to answer jonnyfreestyle i eat six small meals a day of food thats nothing but good for you (with an occasional slip up), i have been focusing more on the fruits and veggies lately and that seems to be helping a little, thanks again for the help