Getting Rid of Gut

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    Mar 08, 2007 8:16 AM GMT
    I have been working out about 3-4 days a week (30 min cardio, 30-45 min weights rotating upper-lower body)for about two years.
    When I first started working out with the help of a personal trainer I lost about 20 pounds and noticed improved muscle tone. For the last 6 months it seems like my gut will not decrease no matter how much I exercise or how many sit-ups / cardio exercises I integrate into my workouts.
    My diet is not the best but not the worst either. I avoid fast food, don't drink much during the week, eat healthy snacks (fruit etc.) but I also don't count calories or follow a strict diet for meals (Chicago has awesome restaurants :)
    I recently started swimming laps thinking that this might help ? should I focus more on cardio and less on weights ? would supplements or diet pills help ? Should I try different ab routines or change my diet. With summer approaching (and the beach :) any good advice would be great.
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    Mar 08, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
    id say change up your routine. i do a similar workout schedule, started two months or so ago and have seen results. i did the whole trainer thing too and saw a lot of improvement back then. the trainer taught me the basics of how to workout. but i realized if i did the same things over and over again it would get boring and my body would become too accustomed to it. So try different ab work outs, you can probably find them on the web, and try not to stress out about it =)
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    Mar 08, 2007 7:31 PM GMT
    My understanding is that to really reduce abdomen fat, you must burn it doing lower body cardio stuff like running, walking, kick-boxing type workous, intense aerobics, etc.; another words, "On your feet" kind of stuff

    Doing crunches and leg lifts mostly just defines the ab muscles, which are still under a layer of fat, unless the activities described above are part of the total regimen.
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    Mar 10, 2007 1:06 AM GMT
    Interval Cardio Training. E.g. Do the stairs for 10 minutes, putting yourself almost into a lather. Pause 4 minutes. Repeat twice more. It'll melt the fat.

    Mindlessly doing hours of cardio ruins your muscle mass, burns less fat.

    High intensity interval cardio will work the very best. It sucks. It's hard. It works.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 10, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    Cutting out alcohol (or at least limiting intake to perhaps one night a week) and cutting out any and all carbs after 6pm works wonders. Also eliminate the "whites" altogether --- white bread, white rice, white pasta.
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    Mar 10, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    my posting under football style cardio is perfect for this topic, but here are the videos of my workout and before/after pix...take a look and let me know what you think. This workout is TOUGH as you'll see.

    http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/Matt265/more.php?section=videos&type=you&i=5206#5206
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:01 PM GMT
    I do what CuriousJockAZ says. No booze ever and no refined sugar, limit my starch and grains.

    I combined swimming laps with the Zone and Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle diets.

    My big downfall is seedless grapes (!). When they are on sale for $1 a pound I have to buy a giant bowl full and sit in front of the TV eating them. It's almost as bad as eating ice cream.
  • dionysus

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    Mar 17, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    well myabe not "alcohol" but stick to the strong stuff :D
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    Apr 18, 2007 8:52 PM GMT
    Isn't life too short to be cutting out so much from your life?