try to lose about 50lbs mostly around the belly area

  • Nekoboi

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    Aug 23, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    hi im trying to lose about 50lbs mostly around my belly area it getting to the point of me feeling like giving up im eating healthier and im exercising like crazy when i can. i walk around my neighborhood sometime run abit. i do some crunches situp crunchyfrogs or vlifts and sidecrunches. i weighed 215lbs last time i check ( i dont check often because i either feel proud or sad about what i see) the only places i see that i lost weight at are my arms legs feet some what in hands and face a little bit in the butt area. i walk about 1-2 hrs and 4-6 days a i guess it called core area before bed. i have cut out pop and candies though im done to one pop a day and i drink water with lemon juice and tea mostly fresh brew at home. i dont use much sugar im working on cutting it out slowly i do cheat every so often like once a week but family makes it super hard too not cheat. my stomach area is where i need it the most work at. can anyone help me
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    Aug 23, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    Nekoboi saidhi im trying to lose about 50lbs mostly around my belly area it getting to the point of me feeling like giving up im eating healthier and im exercising like crazy when i can. i walk around my neighborhood sometime run abit. i do some crunches situp crunchyfrogs or vlifts and sidecrunches. i weighed 215lbs last time i check ( i dont check often because i either feel proud or sad about what i see) the only places i see that i lost weight at are my arms legs feet some what in hands and face a little bit in the butt area. i walk about 1-2 hrs and 4-6 days a i guess it called core area before bed. i have cut out pop and candies though im done to one pop a day and i drink water with lemon juice and tea mostly fresh brew at home. i dont use much sugar im working on cutting it out slowly i do cheat every so often like once a week but family makes it super hard too not cheat. my stomach area is where i need it the most work at. can anyone help me

    People store fat in different areas. I store fat in my belly area as well. The only way to get rid of that is to reduce your body fat percentage and the only way to do that is to be in a calorie deficit. Try and aim to lose a pound or two a week.
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    Aug 23, 2012 7:30 AM GMT
    Hey man.

    I have some pointers for you that could help. For one, diet is so important, and I'd recommend that you consult a dietician about this. They can often be very helpful.

    Also, doing isolation exercises on your core area will not burn fat much. Also, targeting an area (lile your abs) doesn't make the fat around that area go away. Your body uses its fat reserves over the general body. With that said, you will need to perform all round strenuous exercises to burn off fat. Cardio has some great efrects but what has been found is that weight lifting uses up more fat. But you also must co lnsider where your heart rate is at during exercise.

    With weight lifing, your body requires larfe outputs of energy and can stimulate fat loss more readily than what cardio can.

    Now, for dieting, know that quantity, quality as well as frequency are all important. What dueticians and personal trainers recommend is eating more frequently (6-8 times a day) instead of just 3 times. This helps increase the metabolism of your body (since you are loading it more, it steps up the rate a bit more). If you starve yourwelf, your body goes into a type of survival mode. So food will then start being absorbed as fat etc.

    This is why it is so important to eat straight after you wake up in the morning. During sleep, you havent been eating for 7-8 hours. So your body needs to reload. If you dont in time, your body will take extra measures to make sure you can survive these starvation periods...store up more and more fat.

    Now, the diet itself needs to be balanced. Protein, complex carbohydrates (no refined stuff), and healthy fats. Fats are important since most of your hormones require fat, and cell repair as well. Your cells are lined with lipids etc. Carbohydrates provide fuel fo your muscles etc.

    Now, what you should watch out of is fruit intake. Fruit is incredibly fattening. My dieticians used fruit and fruit juice to help me pack on weight. Im off it now because I was developing a lot of stomach fat from it. But it helped at the start to fuel my gym sessions etc.

    So stay far away from fruit. But obviously you need some fruit in your diet for the vitamins they provide. But generally, peolle have this perception that fruit isgood for your slim figure or something. Fruit is veeeery nutritious and healthy. But that is exactly why it's so fattening. Lots of energy! icon_smile.gif

    Drink tea without sugar, drink milk without fat, and drink plain water. That is that. Nothing else. Sources of simple sugars really make people battle with lossing weight. I see chicks drinking flavoured water, fruit juice, and chowing fruit salads in tge hope that they will loose weight.
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    Aug 23, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    Paleo diet + exercise.

    Nothing else will work, regardless of how it's marketed.

    <-- Lost 70 lbs, "mostly around the belly area."
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 23, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    Maybe I'll look into the paleo diet
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    Exercise and eat healthy but don't starve yourself. Eat lean proteins, complex carbs, veggies, healthy fats.

    There is no way to spot reduce fat. You just have to lose fat overall and the belly fat will shrink. Good luck man, you can do it!
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Paleo diet. A friend lost about 6 lbs a week at fitst to lose around 45 lbs. It's a full fat diet and not calorie restricted .
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    i understand the part about family making it hard. sometimes it seems like family is subconsciously sabotaging my efforts. i'm trying to watch what i eat so quit trying to shove cake in my face! no i don't want two pieces of cake! then there is the 'finish all this so i don't have leftovers'. my personal favorite is ' you don't need to go to the gym, it's not good for you'
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    joe122 said
    People store fat in different areas. I store fat in my belly area as well. The only way to get rid of that is to reduce your body fat percentage and the only way to do that is to be in a calorie deficit. Try and aim to lose a pound or two a week.


    This is good advice. You can't completely starve yourself or your body may do weird things like over-catabolizing your muscle or putting fat around your middle, but you do have to be in a moderate caloric deficit.

    Paleo (which others have suggested) is one way of making that caloric deficit easier. Protein and fats are more filling so you tend to eat less calories. Carbs have lots of calories and also tend to make you hungrier, though some carbs also are essential for building muscle (paleo has "good carbs" and "bad carbs" as I understand it).

    The whole thing about how you have to eat immediately upon waking up and then every 3 hours has been mostly dismissed as "bro science." Plenty of people (myself included) do daily "intermittent fasting" which basically means restricting your eating to a limited window daily, usually 8 hours, and not eating outside that window. It allows for bigger and more satisfying meals when you do have them and for some of us makes it easier to resist temptation outside the window.

    But whatever eating style works for you, works - just get your calories and nutrients in daily in the best way for you.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 23, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    These are the two drs who were on Oprah all the time. It's good if you understand what you and your body are doing when you diet. Easy reading.

    YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management (Hardcover)
    Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
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    Aug 23, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidPaleo diet + exercise.

    Nothing else will work, regardless of how it's marketed.

    <-- Lost 70 lbs, "mostly around the belly area."

    Can you do the paleo diet without eating so much meat?
    That's the whole point. Meat is the least thing you'll be eating. It's more veggies, fruits, and nuts.

    Then if you wanna bulk, just eat more meat.
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    Aug 23, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    A) You cannot spot reduce.

    B) Calories in VS Calories out. It's all about total daily calories. Type of diet wont matter much.

    C) You can maximize your results by being smart about nutrition timing.
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    Aug 23, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
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    C) You can maximize your results by being smart about nutrition timing.


    Do you mean "when" you're eating?
  • Nekoboi

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    Aug 23, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    thanks for the replies what is exactly is the peaplo diet ? i have beening losing about 1-2 lbs a week and the current weight for me ( just check today ) is 214 lbs. im going to start today no sugar in my tea and no pop today, i do portion my meals out. i have been eat lower calories dieting but would changing my diet effect what i done so far?, and would the peaplo diet be better for me ? and could someone give me ( if possible ) a list of what and what not to eat on that diet? if i wanted to start it?
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    Aug 23, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    Nekoboi saidthanks for the replies what is exactly is the peaplo diet ? i have beening losing about 1-2 lbs a week and the current weight for me ( just check today ) is 214 lbs. im going to start today no sugar in my tea and no pop today, i do portion my meals out. i have been eat lower calories dieting but would changing my diet effect what i done so far?, and would the peaplo diet be better for me ? and could someone give me ( if possible ) a list of what and what not to eat on that diet? if i wanted to start it?


    Nothing is going to make you lose more than 1-2 pounds a week. Sounds like you're doing great!
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    Aug 24, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    Nekoboi saidthanks for the replies what is exactly is the peaplo diet ? i have beening losing about 1-2 lbs a week and the current weight for me ( just check today ) is 214 lbs. im going to start today no sugar in my tea and no pop today, i do portion my meals out. i have been eat lower calories dieting but would changing my diet effect what i done so far?, and would the peaplo diet be better for me ? and could someone give me ( if possible ) a list of what and what not to eat on that diet? if i wanted to start it?

    If you're losing a pound to two pounds a week you're on the right track. It's not going to happen overnight. I hate to sound negative, but if you're in a calorie deficit you're not going to build that much muscle so you're probably not going to have the physique that you want even after you get to your goal weight. The guys with physiques that you admire have either been a) training for years or b) on steroids.
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    Aug 24, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    joe122 said
    Nekoboi saidthanks for the replies what is exactly is the peaplo diet ? i have beening losing about 1-2 lbs a week and the current weight for me ( just check today ) is 214 lbs. im going to start today no sugar in my tea and no pop today, i do portion my meals out. i have been eat lower calories dieting but would changing my diet effect what i done so far?, and would the peaplo diet be better for me ? and could someone give me ( if possible ) a list of what and what not to eat on that diet? if i wanted to start it?

    If you're losing a pound to two pounds a week you're on the right track. It's not going to happen overnight. I hate to sound negative, but if you're in a calorie deficit you're not going to build that much muscle so you're probably not going to have the physique that you want even after you get to your goal weight. The guys with physiques that you admire have either been a) training for years or b) on steroids.
    im just want to slim down and be fit not to look like a bodybuilder or anything just want to be skinny to runner built look
  • Borski1992

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    Aug 24, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Read a few books about nutrition. I like a book called "The Ab Diet" but it is kind of preachy. Just learn as much as you can about nutrition and then do things that make sense, both for you and for where you are at in life financially. A lot of changes in lifestyles are expensive, but thankfully there are a lot of options you can use. Paleo is DEFINITELY a great way to go about getting healthier, and you don't really have to spend that much more on food.
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    Aug 24, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Gio_G said
    TellMeMoar said

    C) You can maximize your results by being smart about nutrition timing.


    Do you mean "when" you're eating?

    Correct. For example, after a workout you need some carbs.
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    Aug 24, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Use Myfitnesspal.com to help you with the food tracking. Many people have made a lot of progress tracking there food intake.
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    Justmi saidUse Myfitnesspal.com to help you with the food tracking. Many people have made a lot of progress tracking there food intake.
    Not to sound cynical, but I LOL at food/fitness tracking programs.

    The idea of living healthier is to make it a lifestyle. Tracking your eating/workout habits is not a good way to make it sustainable as a lifestyle...at least not to me. To me, it seems like more of a gimmick for people who want a "quick fix" then will return to their previous ways (and previous physique) once they achieve their goals.
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    Aug 25, 2012 8:13 AM GMT
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    Justmi saidUse Myfitnesspal.com to help you with the food tracking. Many people have made a lot of progress tracking there food intake.
    Not to sound cynical, but I LOL at food/fitness tracking programs.

    The idea of living healthier is to make it a lifestyle. Tracking your eating/workout habits is not a good way to make it sustainable as a lifestyle...at least not to me. To me, it seems like more of a gimmick for people who want a "quick fix" then will return to their previous ways (and previous physique) once they achieve their goals.


    I use MyFitnessPal religiously. Fits my lifestyle and it has worked wonders. It works for some folks, not for others. The OP should consider it to find out if it works for him.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 25, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidPaleo diet + exercise.

    Nothing else will work, regardless of how it's marketed.


    Plenty of other methods work, depending on the person. The OP should consider Paleo and a wide variety of other nutrition approaches to find out what best fits his goals and lifestyles -- and what his body responds to.
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    The fats on the belly area are the most difficult to remove and loose forevericon_evil.gif U must cut the carbs,and the great FOUR white poisons-white flower,white salt,white sugar and aspartamicon_idea.gif And the results shall be visible v.soon icon_biggrin.gif
  • Nekoboi

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    Aug 27, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    i have been cutting the carbs like crazy in ( i guess small amounts) i can see a tiny bit of it shrinking. is there any exercises that well tighten up the core,i want to be able to not hold my stomach muscle in , i look slim when i hold my stomach muscle in but when i relax the core muscles it makes me feel fat and depressed. it feels like ( when i pushing on my stomach with my hands ) im thinking im feeling the ab muscles and not the belly flab i have left. im planning to exercise the rest of my life to keep my body fit and healthy , im not going back the way i am /was ever again