how do you get rid of a Tummy?

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    Jul 11, 2012 9:35 AM GMT
    So I've developed a lil stomach and I'm not at all happy with it, people say I look fine but it don't like it, what are some great routines used to help?
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    Jul 11, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    I lost almost 15 pounds just from eating smaller portions and switching dessert out for fruit. Running or some other cardio at the gym will help too. Just ask yourself do I really need the bowl of ice cream? Keep your goal in mind,
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    Jul 11, 2012 1:43 PM GMT
    I find counting calories easier. There are plenty of online tools these days to help. That way you don't necessarily have to deny yourself something you really want, so long as you plan for it.

    Of course, it is still a good idea to eat healthier foods overall.
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    Jul 11, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    You get rid of fat by consuming fewer calories than you burn. Start tracking your calories as closely as possible and eat at a deficit. Oh, and exercise.
  • dtx1

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    Jul 11, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    From what I've read and my own experience, reducing the waistline is about both diet and exercise, but much more about diet.

    Carbohydrates of most types are the enemy. Reduce or cut out as much processed sugar and flour as you can, and try to do without pastas, rice, potatoes, beans, breads and cereals. The 'OK' carbs seem to be some fruits and oatmeal, both in smaller, reasonable portions. Also eliminate or reduce alcohol consumption (I know...it sucks).

    Focus on vegetables and lean proteins like chicken, fish, eggs (especially egg whites) and low carb protein supplements.

    Additionally, consider eating several smaller meals instead of three large ones. Don't eat before bed, and if you do, eat a lean protein like egg whites.

    I know this plan sounds really boring and restrictive, but it's not so bad once you get used to it. And once you start seeing results, you can sneak in a few treats now and then. Good luck.
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    Jul 11, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    Each comment above me is spot-on. Also - do your crunches. You can do 100 a day, and in a few weeks, up it to 200. Just get on the floor, on your back. Feet up on a chair or sofa - knees bent. Arms across your chest - like an "X" and then raise & lower yourself but don't go all the way down. If you have a ball - use it if you wish.

    This - plus your dietary changes, plus your cardio will show you vast improvements in your abs area.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 11, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    It's the old Calories IN Calories OUT equation my man

    Our bodies store excess calories in the form of fat
    ....... Your tummy

    By curbing the bad things in your diet
    Processed foods
    Excess alcohol
    Fats
    Desserts
    You will lessen the calories turned into fat

    .... and at the same time if you up the exercise regimen
    Increasing your calorie output you will turn those fat cals into energy

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    Jul 11, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Galaxyguy36 saidhow do you get rid of a Tummy?
    Wear a corset.
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    Jul 11, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    A shit load of ab workouts 2 times a day, 3 times a week.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    Eat clean or eat less, and workout.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    I'd say it's much more about quality of food vs quantity.

    Avoid processed food, eat fruits, nuts, lean meat, veggies, etc.

    I don't even count calories and every time I follow this "diet" I get great results.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    Eating smaller portions. give up drinking so much. Do swimming or aerobic activity two to three times a week.
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    Jul 11, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Stop eating wheat, all wheat products (pasta, bread etc) and all wheat derivatives. It makes you fat.

    Cut out sugar: All refined sugar and don´t eat much fruit. it´s still sugar.

    You may not need as big servings of carbs as you presently have - most people eat pointlessly huge amounts without even realising it. Actually, dropping wheat will change your diet beyond all recognition. Just other sources of carbs (sweet potato, squash, potatoes) like another vegetable and have the same amount on your plate as you would asparagus.

    Diet is the most important thing by a very long way. You can also do some HIIT if you want to use exercise to cut fat as well

    Don´t worry about eating fat. Eating fat doesn´t make you fat. Eating wheat makes you fat.

    The calories in/calories out thing is, strictly speaking, true, but takes no account of the hormonal response created by certain kinds of food or the need for fat to stop hunger.

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    Jul 12, 2012 7:53 AM GMT

    Thanks everybody for the Great Advice, some of it I had known already but hearing from people who appear to be very good shape always helps, I have a small tub of "Ben n Jerry's" I'm gonna miss icon_sad.gif, I use to be in great shape a while ago, but due to and injury in martial arts I wasn't able to continue and my body changed and has been altered since 4 years ago, so I hope to get back on the horse soon. giving up bread sux though, I love bread icon_sad.gif, hahahahaha
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    Jul 12, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    CABucky saidI'd say it's much more about quality of food vs quantity.

    Avoid processed food, eat fruits, nuts, lean meat, veggies, etc.

    I don't even count calories and every time I follow this "diet" I get great results.


    ^^^ this ....awesome advice, I did this before and had great results too.
  • casinormal

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    Jul 13, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    avoiding carbs at night, cardio, eating small portions and willpower
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    Jul 13, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    that tummy part below the 4 pack is the worst to take care of. But diet like they already said. So really my post is completely useless icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 13, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    Definitely diet. Avoid sweets. (which totally sucks, I know!)
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    Jul 13, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Best advice I've heard on the subject was from Veep:

    "You wanna know the secret to keeping weight off? Shut your fuckin pie hole. How about that? It's not rocket science! I'm not a nutritionist, am I? No, I'm not. But I do know one thing. You've got put the corn dog down, gotta get off your dead one, and get moving. Oh, my god, it's weakness. That's really all it is. Pure and simple, it's weakness. It's about self control. You don't masturbate in the subway, do ya Amy? No, you don't. You don't shit in the street, do you Amy? Of course not, because you've got self control. You've gotten ahold of yourself."

    Hahaha. Words to live by.
  • TadPohl

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    Jul 13, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    It's not an exercise routine, it's a lifestyle change. I'm guessing that it's time to make an adjustment with your diet.
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    Jul 13, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    I should mention, i'm nearing 40, and i'm noticing it seems to be a tad more difficult to keep the fat off, even though I rarely eat sweets, no soda, Maybe once a week i eat something sweet. I need a lesson in nutrition I think cause there's still alot I don't know like about conversion of carbohydrates and stuff like that. I really try to eat as healthy as I possibly can but I'm also trying to gain muscle and bulk up so not doing as much cardio.
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    Jul 13, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    1. Eat whole foods, scrap the processed shit
    2. Eat any starchy carbs and sweet desserts early in the day
    3. Don't eat carbs after midday
    4. Learn to cook
    5. Eat a lean protein and veggies/fruit for dinner.

    Take it one step at a time. Drastic shifts in diet will shock your system, send the cravings skyrocketing and leave you feeling tired and hungry. It's best to incorporate each part of the diet one step at a time.

    If you're still eating Nutrigrain bars, Chef Boyardee or Lucky Charms, switch to whole food alternatives. Then work towards cutting out starchy carbs (rice, cereals, pasta, corn*, pretty much anything grain based) after you've finished eating lunch. Then try cutting them back, or out of your diet entirely.

    Always give yourself a cheat day. So if you're going out with friends for dinner, one night you can have a burger, or split some nachos with buds.

    Learning to cook well is a big step forward in enabling yourself to choose healthier options. It allows you to know everything that goes into your food, and you're able to switch up the flavors when things get boring. The CIA has a great Culinary Boot Camp book that I used to learn a lot of basic. Learning how to pan sear chicken breasts, fish, or almost any other type of meat really helps.

    A couple easy tips for eating out. Go for sweet potato fries over regular fries (less starchy), go for cider over beer.

    I've always found that aiming for something that is balanced and maintainable is far better than going to extremes. Eating an extreme diet means that going out with friends becomes difficult if not impossible. If you're entire life revolves around maintaining your body, you won't exactly be the most interesting or fun person to be around anymore.

    *Interesting fact, corn is actually a grain, and has lots of starch.
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    Jul 13, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    I agree that it really is weakness.

    Guys with wonderful physiques have put in a lot of preparation behind the scenes getting that way, and most of it was done through discipline and in the kitchen.

    I continue to fail because I can't say no to sugar. I'm at 252 and I imagine my ideal physique is at 220. All my fat goes to my trunk and love handles.

    A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips definitely applies to me.

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    Jul 13, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    Matt_TO said1. Eat whole foods, scrap the processed shit
    2. Eat any starchy carbs and sweet desserts early in the day
    3. Don't eat carbs after midday
    4. Learn to cook
    5. Eat a lean protein and veggies/fruit for dinner.

    Take it one step at a time. Drastic shifts in diet will shock your system, send the cravings skyrocketing and leave you feeling tired and hungry. It's best to incorporate each part of the diet one step at a time.

    If you're still eating Nutrigrain bars, Chef Boyardee or Lucky Charms, switch to whole food alternatives. Then work towards cutting out starchy carbs (rice, cereals, pasta, corn*, pretty much anything grain based) after you've finished eating lunch. Then try cutting them back, or out of your diet entirely.

    Always give yourself a cheat day. So if you're going out with friends for dinner, one night you can have a burger, or split some nachos with buds.

    Learning to cook well is a big step forward in enabling yourself to choose healthier options. It allows you to know everything that goes into your food, and you're able to switch up the flavors when things get boring. The CIA has a great Culinary Boot Camp book that I used to learn a lot of basic. Learning how to pan sear chicken breasts, fish, or almost any other type of meat really helps.

    A couple easy tips for eating out. Go for sweet potato fries over regular fries (less starchy), go for cider over beer.

    I've always found that aiming for something that is balanced and maintainable is far better than going to extremes. Eating an extreme diet means that going out with friends becomes difficult if not impossible. If you're entire life revolves around maintaining your body, you won't exactly be the most interesting or fun person to be around anymore.

    *Interesting fact, corn is actually a grain, and has lots of starch.


    Thank you Matt
  • dancedancekj

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    Jul 15, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Here's my experience in a nutshell. My journey towards a six pack is not quite done yet, but I am getting there. I am seeing a lot of vascularization towards my groin, my "V" or inguinal crease is starting to show, and I'm slowly losing the fat around my umbilicus (bellybutton area) after eight years of trying to lose it.

    The secret is Paleo/Primal.

    1. Remove almost all carbohydrates. Grains, starches, even tubers like the beloved sweet potato for now. Limit fruits even. You'll want to drop to 50-100 g of carbs a day. Maybe towards the lower end if you really want to drop weight. Note that a medium sized banana has 24 g carbohydrates, so we're not talking about a lot at all here.

    2. Replace the carbohydrates with good fats. Coconut oil, butter (grass fed if you can get it) and olive oil. Fatty meats such as bacon and sausage are OK, fatty fish such as sardines and salmon are even better. Avoid any and all refined seed and nut oils (Canola, Cottonseed, Corn, "Vegetable", Flaxseed, Grapeseed etc.) I would cook everything in butter, drizzle butter on my food, or drizzle olive oil on food (cold).
    The fat will keep you satiated so you're not needing to eat every few hours like you would if you were consuming carbohydrates. This will also keep your glucose levels stable, deplete your glycogen stores, and then force your body to run off your stored fat as a steady source of fuel (instead of bursts of glucose here and there)

    3. Eat meats. Beef, pork, chicken, fish, seafood.

    4. Eat lots of veggies. Kale and chard sauteed in butter. Big-ass-salads with real extra virgin olive oil drizzled over it. Stir fries with peppers, broccoli, onions, and pea shoots. So on and so on.

    5. Get plenty of sleep. 8 hours minimum, 9 hours if you can. This will lower your cortisol level and help you to lose the paunch.

    6. Don't overexert yourself during exercise. Chronic cardio pushes you past the point of benefiting from the exercise, and starts raising your cortisol levels (in a nutshell: By running 10 miles a day, you are stressing out your body, which in turn might be making you fat. Counterintuitive, I know).


    Check out robbwolf.com to learn more. This guy knows his stuff, and legitimately understands the physiology and biochem processes involved. http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/