Your Midsection and 50lbs Weight Loss

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    Jun 17, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
    I know I know...another thread about abs. But I haven't seen a question posed to RJ yet (just signed up yesterday) so I'm sure it's on here somewhere. Here it goes.

    Graduating High School I weighed in at 200lbs on my 5' 7'' frame. I dropped down to 145lbs and now, with eating right and weight training I'm at 160. My question is this...my gut is the last thing to go. I've known from the very beginning that this was going to be a "problem area" for me. At the present time, I'm able to see the top four ab muscles just below my chest. I can feel the how hard the other two to four lower abs are, however, there is still a good amount of fat in this area. With cardio, weight training and a healthy diet, will I at some point be able to see these as well? Will I hit a point where the fat won't fall from my body anymore? To gain that flat stomach will I need to have lipo and a tummy tuck because of the weight loss. Anyone else have this "problem?"
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    Jun 17, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    Congrats on your weight loss!

    I have no idea, bit I felt I needed to say something nice because I was feeling bitter.

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    Jun 17, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    well remember its 80% diet 20% training anyway to get ya where ya wanna be so dont make a gym routine that will become relentless and a rod.

    But hell yeh persevere and it will go.

    Three key tips for you to focus on:

    1) You are what you eat, so if your diet is too high in fat and I am talking over 30% then dont expect it to burn off that last 30% of body fat as its too busy trying to work out whats its doing with the consumed fat

    2) Progression regression and all thats in between. We all agree muscle burns fat right? Not as much as magazines lead ya to believe or those that propose bulk to slim down but none the less it still does. So you want to retain the muscle mass. The principles of muscle building and retention are continued increased resistance, increased reps or slowing down the speed of the lift. People take that as a given. But then they go for a static week in week out diet!(or calorie burn depending on your chosen method

    Doesnt make sense does it!

    So as much as you hit your routine hard dont take the diet down too low too quick so gradualy reduce it down week on week but always have a refeed every 6 to 8 weeks. It does the soul and the body good

    3) Hydration: basic is 2 litres a day. Its the oil in the metabollic engine. Without it the various processes cant operate efficiently. Unlike an engine tho you cant flood it and theres no such thing as too much (over a 24 hour period that is as opposed to in 1 go)
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    Jun 17, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    OK, so you have a pack of wine coolers instead of a 6-pack. You're young. You have plenty of time and metabolism to get the look you want through diet and exercise. Please don't do something like liposuction or a tummy tuck.
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    Jun 17, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    bfg1 said

    So as much as you hit your routine hard dont take the diet down too low too quick so gradualy reduce it down week on week but always have a refeed every 6 to 8 weeks. It does the soul and the body good


    What do you mean by refeed?
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    Jun 17, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    I am assuming he means switch up your diet?

    But how and to what? I have been using www.thedailyplate.com to track my calories, and great to see how much fat and sodium I am consuming.

    I am usually under my calories, but keep going over my sodium and fat allowances.

    But great website, and really easy to use.
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    sdn8 saidI am assuming he means switch up your diet?

    But how and to what? I have been using www.thedailyplate.com to track my calories, and great to see how much fat and sodium I am consuming.

    I am usually under my calories, but keep going over my sodium and fat allowances.

    But great website, and really easy to use.


    Except when it tells you to eat 4372 calories a day if you want to lose 2 pounds per week.
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    Aug 04, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    sdn8 saidI am assuming he means switch up your diet?

    But how and to what? I have been using www.thedailyplate.com to track my calories, and great to see how much fat and sodium I am consuming.

    I am usually under my calories, but keep going over my sodium and fat allowances.

    But great website, and really easy to use.


    yeh sorry been away so didnt pick this up, say your strategy is cycling down weekly from 2000 cals per day to eventualy 1400 calories over a 12 week period straight away when you hit your minimum boot your metabolism up the arse by starting all over again or your body will start to adjust to the minimum levels ie what we refer to as a plateau