Can't lose the fat!! Help, I need advice!!!

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    Jul 31, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    OK, I seem to have stubborn fat on my stomach and hips (OK, my butt!).

    I've cut my caloric intake, increased my cardio by three times and am going gangbusters on my abs. It doesn't seem to be working much. My waist has decreased a little over an inch, but it's been a month now. The fat is still there, taunting me.

    Am I just being impatient?

    Does anyone else have a problem with stubborn fat?

    Any advice (sans lolcats, Caslon!) icon_wink.gif on how to get rid of the fat would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks guys!!

    ~Q
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 31, 2008 9:39 PM GMT
    Well, this probably isn't what you want to hear, but it sounds like you are just being impatient. Let's pull some numbers out of thin air (pun intended) for illustration purposes.

    Your profile lists you as 175 pounds. Let's take a random guess (which may be way off) and say you're at 15% body fat, a level considered healthy--unhealthy body fat percentage depends on age, but generally starts around 20% for men. That would give you 26.25 pounds of fat. A daily calorie deficit of 500 calories (difficult, but sustainable) would drop a pound of fat a week. So, in a month, you'd be down to 22.25 pounds of fat. Assuming you didn't gain any muscle in that month, you'd be down to 13% body fat. For most people, the abs don't start becoming visible until they're in the 9-10% body fat range. You can see why this takes more than a month.

    Hang in there, and accept that these things take time.
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    Jul 31, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    Thanks MSU.

    Thats pretty much what I needed to hear.
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  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 31, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    You say you've cut your caloric intake...by how much? How many calories are you taking in a day?
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    You can always go on the Ethiopian Diet... icon_biggrin.gif have a guess on what that consists of.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 31, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're on the right track but are speedin' down the highway or just idling in place?

    You cut your caloric intake
    but what does that mean? Does that mean instead of eating 3 Big Macs you're eating 2?

    And for cardio
    are you doin a treadmill walk for 20 min 3 days a week instead of 1?

    That last bit of fat is always the hardest
    and Like a girl who wants to fit into that prize winning bikini... you're gonna have to give something up
    it maybe long island iced tea night with the boys
    or it maybe a couple a pints of sweat needs to be shed

    It's all in the elbow grease and keepin that refrigerator door closed
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:39 PM GMT
    I'm currently taking in 1800-2000 calories a day. (I NEVER eat at McD's) Down from 2500-2700 give or take.

    I upped my stationery bike riding to 5 days a week at 30 minutes from 2 days a week at 30 minutes. Its a no-frills kinda bike with 10 levels of difficulty, I'm currently on setting 8. I prefer that over my real bike for cardio, because I noticed I was coasting a lot and admiring the scenery on the beach (hot boys).

    BIGGEST sacrifice: I gave up my precious Stella Artois.

    I also cut out sweet alcoholic drinks. I drink vodka tonics with a splash of cran only 2 nights a week now, and only 2 drinks a night (3 max, occasionally) Gotta do SOMETHING to get through karaoke!


    And thanks, Sportz. I have a special diet for you too.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    ^^^ good for you cuttin out the Stella, i'm sure that was a tough one, had the same reaction when i cut the heifeweizen out my of list, lol

    thanks for posting this, i'm in the same boat as you are. good to know there's someone i can share the ride with icon_biggrin.gif
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 31, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    Mighty_Q saidI'm currently taking in 1800-2000 calories a day. (I NEVER eat at McD's) Down from 2500-2700 give or take.

    I upped my stationery bike riding to 5 days a week at 30 minutes from 2 days a week at 30 minutes. Its a no-frills kinda bike with 10 levels of difficulty, I'm currently on setting 8. I prefer that over my real bike for cardio, because I noticed I was coasting a lot and admiring the scenery on the beach (hot boys).

    BIGGEST sacrifice: I gave up my precious Stella Artois.

    I also cut out sweet alcoholic drinks. I drink vodka tonics with a splash of cran only 2 nights a week now, and only 2 drinks a night (3 max, occasionally) Gotta do SOMETHING to get through karaoke!


    And thanks, Sportz. I have a special diet for you too.icon_wink.gif


    So you dropped 500-700 calories just like that? That's quite the drop. Your body may not be liking that. Lowering of calories should be done slowly and incrementally. You don't want to set off any warning sirens within your body.

    Axe the vodka tonics. If you must drink, switch to vodka and soda. Tonic water has tons of sugar.
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    TexanMan82 said
    So you dropped 500-700 calories just like that? That's quite the drop. Your body may not be liking that. Lowering of calories should be done slowly and incrementally. You don't want to set off any warning sirens within your body.

    Axe the vodka tonics. If you must drink, switch to vodka and soda. Tonic water has tons of sugar.


    No, it wasn't overnight or anything. It was over the course of a week and a half or so.

    And now that you mention it, it is vodka and soda. My bartender friend recommended it over the tonic. I do a flavored vodka so it has SOME flavor and just a splash of cran. Eventually, I'll cut the cran.

    And, Kryptonic, you're welcome. Join the ride!!icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    I too can relate Mighty_Q. I lost quite a bit of weight and it was driving me nuts because I wasn't seeing it coming off the mid section after the initial loss. I definitely see a difference now, almost completely lost the stomach, but just a little left and now I feel stuck. Based on MSU's calculation, I'll be dead before I see that six pack! hey, I"m OK with just a 2 pack! I found however that I was losing weight and it ended up coming off the butt, face, fingers, everywhere but the stomach! LOL Also, I found that the bike was about the lowest calorie shedder I found. I moved to the elliptical and the stair mill (escalator) or even a good intermix of run and walk on the treadmill to burn more calories. The step mill is my choice, but it's not as easy as you would think. Can burn up calories though.

    Good luck, don't give up. I've been working to lose mine since last October and I'm happy to say, it shows!
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    Jul 31, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    I know the frustration Mighty Q.

    Does anybody else have this problem -- I have the top abs defined -- basically a four pack -- but I can't get the bottom half of my abs to show up because of an inch of lower body fat mostly around the belly button.

    Argh! icon_evil.gif

    Bill
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    Jul 31, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    LaxJock73 saidI know the frustration Mighty Q.

    Does anybody else have this problem -- I have the top abs defined -- basically a four pack -- but I can't get the bottom half of my abs to show up because of an inch of lower body fat mostly around the belly button.

    Argh! icon_evil.gif

    Bill


    Yep. It's probably the most common complaint that men have. That lower stomach is a bitch to get rid of. It takes some tricky work to get your body to let go of those last bits of fat stores.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 01, 2008 8:15 AM GMT
    "I'm currently taking in 1800-2000 calories a day. (I NEVER eat at McD's) Down from 2500-2700 give or take.

    I upped my stationery bike riding to 5 days a week at 30 minutes from 2 days a week at 30 minutes. Its a no-frills kinda bike with 10 levels of difficulty, I'm currently on setting 8."


    There's your problem right there
    When you're battling those last few pounds
    It's not the amt of cals
    It gets to what those actual calories are...
    Get rid of the Fats and most of the carbs

    The stationary bike might have done you good in the past
    but your body has unfortunately "acclimatized" itself to that form of exercise
    you're going to need to up the cardio ante by varying the type of work you do
    running
    playing b'ball
    stair work
    ... anything else that will get you sweat equity