How long does it take to loose inches around the waist?

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    Nov 13, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    Hello, I have a quick question. I am at 35 1/2 inches around my belly, i would like to get down to about 30 inches. I go to the gym an average of 3 times a week, doing 1 hour of strength training, and 20 minutes of cardio. I am not looking for an exact answer, I am just curious as to how long it has taken other people and what I should expect. Thanks!
  • TexanMan82

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    Nov 13, 2008 11:47 PM GMT
    Depends on many factors. What's your diet like?
  • GQjock

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    Nov 13, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    How long it takes is ... in your hands

    Depends on how much you Want it
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    Nov 14, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    Kick up the cardio with gradual increases in time and intensity.To prevent boredom during cardio, you can mix it up by using various equipment. It is all about a good healthy balanced diet and plenty of cardio. Your calorie count should have a deficit of 500-600 calories for the reduction of body fat.
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    Well, I just went from a 34 to having my 32's be loose (not sure if I'm in 31's yet) and I can say that it's mostly from diet. Have I kicked up the exercise? Yes, but not enough that it should make that big a difference.
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    My diet is pretty terrible, im a full time student and work full time so food comes whenever i can fit it in. and its usually whatever is affordable, lol.

    Scorpio_M saidKick up the cardio with gradual increases in time and intensity.To prevent boredom during cardio, you can mix it up by using various equipment. It is all about a good healthy balanced diet and plenty of cardio. Your calorie count should have a deficit of 500-600 calories for the reduction of body fat.


    see, this is where i get confused. should I be aiming for a calorie deficit even if I am doing strength training? if im not getting enough calories, wont that cancel out the strength training?

    Thanks for the responses so far!
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    As long as you are getting your protein requirements, but at least try to eat healthier by eliminating/reducing the fat intakes.


    WishForTheNight saidMy diet is pretty terrible, im a full time student and work full time so food comes whenever i can fit it in. and its usually whatever is affordable, lol.

    Scorpio_M saidKick up the cardio with gradual increases in time and intensity.To prevent boredom during cardio, you can mix it up by using various equipment. It is all about a good healthy balanced diet and plenty of cardio. Your calorie count should have a deficit of 500-600 calories for the reduction of body fat.


    see, this is where i get confused. should I be aiming for a calorie deficit even if I am doing strength training? if im not getting enough calories, wont that cancel out the strength training?

    Thanks for the responses so far!
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    Nov 14, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    At the risk of sounding like the spelling Nazi, I'm am truly amazed and baffled at how many people write the word "loose" when they mean "lose".

    Seriously, I've probably seen this about twenty times or more this year.

    What gives? Do they not teach spelling in school anymore?
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    Nov 14, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidAt the risk of sounding like the spelling Nazi, I'm am truly amazed and baffled at how many people write the word "loose" when they mean "lose".

    Seriously, I've probably seen this about twenty times or more this year.

    What gives? Do they not teach spelling in school anymore?


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    Nov 14, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidAt the risk of sounding like the spelling Nazi, I'm am truly amazed and baffled at how many people write the word "loose" when they mean "lose".

    Seriously, I've probably seen this about twenty times or more this year.

    What gives? Do they not teach spelling in school anymore?


    Yeah, definitely loosen your panties.
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    Nov 14, 2008 5:19 AM GMT
    WishForTheNight said...

    Scorpio_M saidKick up the cardio with gradual increases in time and intensity.To prevent boredom during cardio, you can mix it up by using various equipment. It is all about a good healthy balanced diet and plenty of cardio. Your calorie count should have a deficit of 500-600 calories for the reduction of body fat.


    see, this is where i get confused. should I be aiming for a calorie deficit even if I am doing strength training? if im not getting enough calories, wont that cancel out the strength training?


    What are you trying to get enough calories for?

    If you're trying to lose weight, then you should be aiming for enough calories that you can live, and still lose weight. My partner is taller than you and weighed more, and he managed to lose weight (reasonably quickly) by eating a diet of 1500 calories or so a day. After he had done enough exercise that he could bring a lot of intensity to his workouts, he found that 1500 calories just wasn't enough for him. At that point, he started eating about 1800. Note that that was after he became used to doing a lot of exercise.

    My partner did 2 or 3 10KM runs per week, plus two grueling and intense high heart rate weight workouts per week. He did that on top of the diet.

    I think the advice that you become accustomed to more exercise is a good one. And the comment that it'll take as long as you want it to is also dead on.

    You can lose the weight either by reducing your calorie intake significantly, or you can do it by exercising with an intensity and duration per week that allows you to lose it. Or you can do both. It doesn't sound like you're at the point where you need to worry about getting enough calories to help build muscle. You'll be fine with lower calories and more 'work' each week, most likely until you get your waist where you want it.

    After you hit that goal, then you can worry about what to do with your diet to put on quality muscle.
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    Nov 14, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    every two inches is about 10 lbs. i was a bit over weight at one point weighing 195 lbs at 6'0. I suggest trying Zukerman's Abs Diet. Im roughly 155 lbs at 6'0. obviously a bit under weight but ive been lifting and trying to eat 6 times a day above my BMR.

    if u want results you could easily lose 20 lbs of mostly fat in about 6-8 weeks of doing the Abs Diet. for myself ive always yo-yoed and i opted for liposuction on my love handles. i didnt have any fat anywhere else and id do a ton of a cardio with no luck. i decided that the last 4 lbs around my waist needed surgical inspiration.

    your body has X number of fat cells and those either get bigger or smaller. the last 10 lbs is the hardest to remove and without putting your body into starvation mode it is IMPERATIVE that u balance proper diet (which accounts for 70% of success in weight loss) with regular exercise. u have to eat smaller portions more frequently and also loose the booze. i know being a college student it seems like those two are synonymous, but if you are serious ... then it all starts with your diet.
  • corefit

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    Nov 14, 2008 8:33 AM GMT
    cardio and diet are key --

    It could also really help you to add Pilates exercises to your regimen -- if you carry your core differently, strengthen your abs to support your back, it will lengthen your waist quite a lot, and that will tighten you up a lot. Mr Pilates was a boxing coach, and a boxer's training will toughen your core like no other -- skipping rope, hitting the bag, bobbing and weaving, and learning to transmit power from your legs through your core will lift you in a way that will seriously make your abs seem slimmer. But also, try a Pilates mat class, it will tighten up your core very fast.

    Re cardio and diet, the key to both is going to be finding cardio and diet that you actually like, so you'll be able to make it part of your life. Cardio for me is aerobic dance, since I LIKE to dance and could dance all night, no problem, whereas treadmill/stationary bike etc do no appeal. Find what APPEALS to you. The biggest change to my diet involves substituting beans for beef sometimes --

    Good luck.
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    Nov 14, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    Half a day to a day.
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    Seb26 said i was a bit over weight at one point weighing 195 lbs at 6'0. I suggest trying Zukerman's Abs Diet. Im roughly 155 lbs at 6'0. obviously a bit under weight but ive been lifting and trying to eat 6 times a day above my BMR.

    Sounds like that worked well for you. I'd like to check it out. Do you have a link?
  • tailgaytor

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    Nov 14, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    The key is kicking in your metabolism. Cardio is one factor and the other is eating about 6 times a day instead of the three solids. Eating that many times ISN'T hard. You just need to carry foods with you so you can snack....raw fruits and veggies, crackers, etc., and make sure you are picking foods that are lower in fat.

    Eat a little something before going to the gym and something right after before you get home. I eat a small bagel before and an apple on the drive home.

    If you don't think you know much about nutrition then check out:

    http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/index.html

    If you don't know anything about calories there are sites where you can type in a food and find it's calorie content. I downloaded a program (free) that tells you the calaories in the foods we eat.

    What's in the Foods We Eat Search Tool

    I don't remember where I found it.

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    Nov 15, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen said
    Seb26 said i was a bit over weight at one point weighing 195 lbs at 6'0. I suggest trying Zukerman's Abs Diet. Im roughly 155 lbs at 6'0. obviously a bit under weight but ive been lifting and trying to eat 6 times a day above my BMR.

    Sounds like that worked well for you. I'd like to check it out. Do you have a link?


    http://www.absdiet.com/uof/absdiet/noemail/

    theres a trail period, i ended up buying the book. its a great tool because every now and then to lean up i go back to the 7-day meal plans. not that im condoning piracy but a torrent pdf was floating around the net. unfortunately it doesnt list the receipes (pages 101-104) in detail.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the replies gentlemen! I will definitely take everything into consideration and see what works best for me. icon_biggrin.gif