Focusing Cardio?

  • iHavok

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    Aug 21, 2007 6:45 PM GMT
    Over the past six weeks I've worked really hard and lost 20lbs. I feel great about that, and am beginning to loose layers of fat from my arms and legs. I can see a slimming in my face, and even on back, unfortunately I'm not seeing a large change in the one area I care to focus on, my stomach.
    What special exercises can I do to focus on that area, or are you able to focus cardio itself? Will that come in time, as I continue to loose fat from the rest of my body?
    The last thing i want to do is look like an Ethiopian, all distended stomach and stick arms/legs...
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    Aug 21, 2007 7:44 PM GMT
    YOU ARE doing great! 20 pounds is a lot! Especially if you can see it in yor face, Congrad!

    The stomach and the love handels for most men are the last places you will loose all the fat... It is the reserve for our survival...

    Just keep going and be patient. My ex was a morbidly obese teen, and when I met him he was known to be a big muscle man... It will come your way, just be patient.
  • iHavok

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    Aug 21, 2007 8:36 PM GMT
    I feel really great about the progress I've made. I just sat down one day and said if a movie star can do work out, and get in shape in three months for some new movie, why couldn't I? True they pay an expensive trainer, but the principles are the same regardless of who's motivating you to work out...
    I just got worried when the love handles began to shrink and vanish, but the beer gut didn't look affected at all.

  • hotversguy

    Posts: 155

    Aug 21, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    there are a billion opinions on this.

    you might want to try some reading/asking about using weightliting to raise your base metabolic rate.

    also i've heard it suggested to avoid swimming. even warm water tends to inspire our bodies to hold fat. i'll buy it.

    how's your diet?

    and congrats!
  • imaxim

    Posts: 94

    Aug 21, 2007 9:47 PM GMT
    Keep in mind, a movie star also has endless time (if desired) when prepping his/her body for a project. When it's your job to work out and eat, you can be a lot more efficient. Christian Bale can easily stop whatever else he's doing and eat nothing but baked chicken and broccoli for a month, every 2-3 hours, and work out 7 days a week if desired.

    So yes it's possible, but try not to beat yourself up if your results come a little more gradually. Sounds like you are already doing great, though! God luck on reaching your goals.
  • GQjock

    Posts: 11648

    Aug 21, 2007 11:05 PM GMT
    don't give up my're doing great
    you have found that the last place we lose weight is around the midsection
    it's where we gain it first and lose it last

    what you can do to help you is realize that you're in this for the long haul don't have to lose 10-20 lbs a month
    if you do it slowly and with a good diet and exercise you can keep the muscle and lose the fat
    ...don't be so conerned with the scale
    make the full-length mirror your best friend instead
  • zakariahzol

    Posts: 2241

    Aug 22, 2007 12:42 PM GMT
    You and me together. What do I need to do and sacrifice to have those flat, six pack stomach. Everything else is doing just fine except this troublesome and stubborn areas.

    Sometime I get to impatient that I wear those figure hugging t shirt. Put a jacket on and suck in my stomach when I put if off. For a brief period I have that flat stomach look.

    But it that years for me to have that spare tire, it take the same amout of time to get rid of it.
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    Aug 22, 2007 2:01 PM GMT
    If you swim, swim in cold water. Competition grade water is usually 72F.
  • art_smass

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    Aug 22, 2007 4:08 PM GMT
    I read on your profile that you have herniated disk problems. There are a lot of men with this problem who would benefit from a fitness regimen that teaches them how to stand up straight while tucking in their stomach. Spot reduction in that area isn't possible, but reconfiguring your posture through exercise is an achieveable goal. If the distension of your abdomen has to do with weak core muscles and a curvature of the lower back, you could benefit from addressing that issue. A trainer could help you.