Over 40 and getting ripped

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    Aug 21, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    I am 45 and in pretty good shape. In my 20's I had a ripped bod basically without even trying. Somewhat the same for my 30s but it required more effort.
    I am now at age 45 and for the past several years have wanted to get back to having that ripped stomach with no love handles at all. Am I just kidding myself or can I still get that at my age? I already workout 5x a week at the gym and try to eat healthy. No matter how much I work out I can't loose that thin extra layer around my midsection.I look very good for my age but I think I can look even better. I'm interested in some feedback.
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    Aug 21, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    Good luck.

    I keep hearing get rid of the "white" in your diet.....meaning no sugar and no refined carbs.
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    Aug 22, 2012 10:38 AM GMT
    You're not crazy at all. Seek out a dietician and trainer and follow your dreams if you want them badly enough.
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    Aug 22, 2012 10:57 AM GMT
    We are conditioned to blaming our shortfalls on age but I question how much aging really plays a role. Is it hard because you are less motivated now than before? Are you really doing everything as you did before? In addition to doing core exercise you need to do a lot of aerobics to keep yourself lean. But it is also an entire lifestyle. You should walk or bike instead of driving as much as possible. When you go out and enjoy a beautiful day it should involve a physical activity. Most people when they think of having a good time they think of doing something seditary but it is important to have a number of physical activities you enjoy.
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    Steve60610 saidI am 45 and in pretty good shape....
    No matter how much I work out I can't loose that thin extra layer around my midsection
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    Thats the hardest part to get rid off but it can be done. It does require a very good knowledge of diet and training as well as very consistent dedication.

    Personally IF works best for me.

    http://www.leangains.com/2010/06/intermittent-fasting-and-stubborn-body.html
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    friendormate saidWe are conditioned to blaming our shortfalls on age but I question how much aging really plays a role. Is it hard because you are less motivated now than before? Are you really doing everything as you did before? In addition to doing core exercise you need to do a lot of aerobics to keep yourself lean. But it is also an entire lifestyle. You should walk or bike instead of driving as much as possible. When you go out and enjoy a beautiful day it should involve a physical activity. Most people when they think of having a good time they think of doing something seditary but it is important to have a number of physical activities you enjoy.


    Not really, I'm even MORE motivated than before and actually more active than I was in my 20's. I'm at the gym 5 days a week!
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    TellMeMoar said
    Steve60610 saidI am 45 and in pretty good shape....
    No matter how much I work out I can't loose that thin extra layer around my midsection
    ....
    Thanks

    Thats the hardest part to get rid off but it can be done. It does require a very good knowledge of diet and training as well as very consistent dedication.

    Personally IF works best for me.

    http://www.leangains.com/2010/06/intermittent-fasting-and-stubborn-body.html


    Thanks for the info!
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:15 AM GMT
    Steve60610 said
    friendormate saidWe are conditioned to blaming our shortfalls on age but I question how much aging really plays a role. Is it hard because you are less motivated now than before? Are you really doing everything as you did before? In addition to doing core exercise you need to do a lot of aerobics to keep yourself lean. But it is also an entire lifestyle. You should walk or bike instead of driving as much as possible. When you go out and enjoy a beautiful day it should involve a physical activity. Most people when they think of having a good time they think of doing something seditary but it is important to have a number of physical activities you enjoy.


    Not really, I'm even MORE motivated than before and actually more active than I was in my 20's. I'm at the gym 5 days a week!


    I expect everyone is different. I've always had a somewhat ripped stomach and it never changed with age. I will say that I've always gone for the more intense activities that require strong aerobic conditioning. My diet is healthy but not extrodinarrily so. Intense aerobic workouts come naturally for me but building bulk has always been more difficult. Age helps in regards to the latter. I also believe it is not how many times I work out but how intense the workouts are. I find it difficult to achieve the same intensity at the gym as I do on an activity. Example, If you are mountain biking and you don't peddle hard on an accent you would get knocked off you bike by a small bump. It is hard to create that type of drive on a machine at the gym. I was a competitive runner in college and swam with a master teams in my young adult life so I guess I know better than most my maximum aerobic capacity. In any case that what has worked for me.
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:22 AM GMT
    I was never ripped as a young guy. I didn't get abs until recently (I'm 4icon_cool.gif. Hard work and a nutritionist. No carbs at night. Many small meals during the day.