How can I get rid of my excess stomach fat?

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    Feb 19, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    I have been trying to get rid of my excess stomach fat for a while now, and it does not seem to go away. I have tried different abdominal exercises, different cardio exercise, different diets, protein drinks, even fat burning pills. Anybody have any suggestions to how I can get rid of my excess stomach fat?
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    Eat less calories than you burn. Really all it boils down too. Abdominal fat is usually the hardest to get rid of for guys. You can't spot reduce, just have to lose overall body fat until it goes away.

    See how many calories you should eat a day, monitor your calorie intake very closely, and make sure you're not eating more than you think you are.
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    Feb 19, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    lipo
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    Feb 19, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    I'm trying this right now (don't judge)

    I still have a lot of loose skin left over from my weight loss... I actually think this is helping a bit...

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    Feb 19, 2012 11:32 AM GMT
    onaquest saidI'm trying this right now (don't judge)

    I still have a lot of loose skin left over from my weight loss... I actually think this is helping a bit...

    I'm sorry for you to have fallen for this. It's just crap. I guess if at all it works, it's a placebo.

    Fiyero27 saidEat less calories than you burn. Really all it boils down too. Abdominal fat is usually the hardest to get rid of for guys. You can't spot reduce, just have to lose overall body fat until it goes away.

    See how many calories you should eat a day, monitor your calorie intake very closely, and make sure you're not eating more than you think you are.

    Exactly. This is the only usable post here.
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    Feb 19, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    Honestly...

    Last Feb. I was "16.2%" body fat according to my univeristy rec center. That's all it took for me to start working out. As a life long soccer player, 16.2 scared the hell out of me. In 8 months I dropped to 9.2%.

    I gave up soda (unless mixed with whiskey icon_smile.gif ), candy, sweets, and all of those things. It's hard at first, but as soon as the 'umph' of working out hits you, it just feels good to forget those things. Everywhere I went, even if it were fast food, I'd order based on calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, and sodium. Don't forget about sodium ... shit will kill you!

    It's not an easy road, but if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. The diet plus the workout is the best thing for weight loss/gain.

    Keep it up and you WILL get what you want!
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    Feb 19, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    stevenv said
    onaquest saidI'm trying this right now (don't judge)

    I still have a lot of loose skin left over from my weight loss... I actually think this is helping a bit...

    I'm sorry for you to have fallen for this. It's just crap. I guess if at all it works, it's a placebo.



    Well, young man, I am not using it as a replacement for diet and exercise. I have lost the vast majority of belly fat the good old fashioned way. As I said before, I am using this to help draw in the loose skin. I am seeing better results in that area since I started using it. - I told my trainer exactly what you said - It seems to be helping - even if it's a placebo effect, I'm going to tell myself it's working because it makes me feel better...

    If you have ever lost 120 pounds and have a sack of loose skin to contend with, then you can judge me however you wish.
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    Feb 19, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    BakoJock14 saidI gave up soda (unless mixed with whiskey icon_smile.gif ), candy, sweets, and all of those things.


    Just cutting out junk food and sweets will make a BIG difference.
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    Feb 19, 2012 12:29 PM GMT
    ADDERAL!
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    Feb 19, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Sit-ups!
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    Feb 19, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    BakoJock14 said
    I gave up soda (unless mixed with whiskey icon_smile.gif ), candy, sweets, and all of those things. It's hard at first, but as soon as the 'umph' of working out hits you, it just feels good to forget those things. Everywhere I went, even if it were fast food, I'd order based on calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, and sodium.
    Don't forget about sodium ... shit will kill you!
    It's not an easy road, but if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. The diet plus the workout is the best thing for weight loss/gain.


    BINGO- i did this and lost over 35lbs....it requires a change of lifestyle -- regular workouts, lifting, and ditching the sugars, carbs, and sodium. Its been 10 years, and i'm never going back! However....it is more difficult on us older guys. That midsection IS a bitch...
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    Feb 19, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    Many smaller meal; instead of 3 regular ones. Eat foods that help you metabolize, not store fat. Build muscles &/or strength train burn off fat. Do cardio for about 30 minutes a before &/or after your working, depending on your routine, and how much you can handle. Have plenty of sex after working out ; )
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    Feb 19, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    BuddhaLing saidSit-ups!

    Not sure if you mean that jokingly, but sit-ups don't specifically help remove belly fat; with exercise fat is burned more or less equally from all parts of the body. You can target specific muscle groups with exercise, but fat doesn't respond that way. The way to burn belly or any other fat is by diet & varied exercise of all kinds. Mixed cardio will help burn belly fat better than sit-ups alone.

    What does happen with sit-ups is that the underlying abdominal muscles improve and "suck-in" the belly more, and that can give the visual appearance of a trimming stomach. Which isn't a bad thing, and most guys want a 6-pack anyway. But to really kill stomach fat a man should engage in all kinds of exercise, which can improve his entire appearance, not just his belly, and help his cardio fitness.

    Liposuction, BTW, is now coming into question. Long-term studies are beginning to suggest that fat taken from the abdomen will reappear elsewhere on the body. Our bodies want to store fat if given more to eat than we really need, and if the abdominal fat cells have been removed, the body will find other cells to "feed." So that thighs, ass and arms start to balloon. And it appears that even abdominal fat cells will begin to return over time.
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    Mar 13, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Spot reduction is a myth, HIIT is the way to go
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    Mar 13, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    9teen saidSpot reduction is a myth, HIIT is the way to go


    agreed. HIIT is much more effective at burning calories.
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    Mar 13, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    mojohnny said
    BakoJock14 said
    I gave up soda (unless mixed with whiskey icon_smile.gif ), candy, sweets, and all of those things. It's hard at first, but as soon as the 'umph' of working out hits you, it just feels good to forget those things. Everywhere I went, even if it were fast food, I'd order based on calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, and sodium.
    Don't forget about sodium ... shit will kill you!
    It's not an easy road, but if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. The diet plus the workout is the best thing for weight loss/gain.


    BINGO- i did this and lost over 35lbs....it requires a change of lifestyle -- regular workouts, lifting, and ditching the sugars, carbs, and sodium. Its been 10 years, and i'm never going back! However....it is more difficult on us older guys. That midsection IS a bitch...
    Ain't it though? I'm working it hard though, and I am determined to see if I can reduce more fat around the midsection. Thanks for sharing your story.
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    Sit ups sit ups and more sit ups
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    cjs176 saidI have been trying to get rid of my excess stomach fat for a while now, and it does not seem to go away. I have tried different abdominal exercises, different cardio exercise, different diets, protein drinks, even fat burning pills. Anybody have any suggestions to how I can get rid of my excess stomach fat?
    LOL are you serious? dude, you even have in body fat? dude, you are too thin to have belly fat
  • xKorix

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    Mar 13, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    I don't think body fat is a problem. Yours should be low enough. I don't think your Transversus abdominis muscles are developed enough to show a 6 pack.
    There's an exercise called the ab vacuum or cat vomit that should help develop that and get them to show. Doesn't take long to develop nor is it very complicated.
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Two things and they've both been mentioned already: work on the underlying muscles preferably by doing high intensity interval training and then get your diet cleaned up by cutting out gluten, legumes, added sugar, dairy and alcohol.
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Do a full ab workout and the immediately do the entire kenpo x workout from p90x. Do this 3 times a week and you'll see results
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Really?

    Argh, I simply can't find a way to reply to this thread without being a mean queen. Okay, gonna try... if you want to look good / better you might try training for strength. Because you look like... you don't? Was this nice or was I a bully? F***.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    Spot reduction doesn't work per se for exercise, but I'm pretty sure different kinds of fats (including carbs converted to fats) get stored in different ways on the body.

    AFAIK carbs and especially simple carbs tend to contribute to abdominal obesity. I don't know if it's because of insulin or what.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    grofte saidReally?

    Argh, I simply can't find a way to reply to this thread without being a mean queen. Okay, gonna try... if you want to look good / better you might try training for strength. Because you look like... you don't? Was this nice or was I a bully? F***.


    The fact that you expressed concern about being mean is a pretty good indicator that you're anything but. Someone who didn't care about how mean they sounded would have just said it and moved on. The term I would use here is blunt :p

    But I agree, a balance between strength training, good eating and cardio should suffice in the elimination of excess belly fat.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    Speed...........icon_biggrin.gif

    Nah the IF stuff is great, just takes a lot of discipline though. It's what I'm using right now and it seems to be working.

    Pure calorie restriction never worked for me because I under eat most of the time. Just lead to a bony but skinny fat look. Not good.

    Check out this calculator. Makes it all very straight forward.

    http://www.1percentedge.com/ifcalc/