How can I get rid of my gut without losing mass?

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    So, I'm trying to bulk up. And I don't do much cardio- if I even look at a treadmill I lose weight. But I have this stoopid problem: a nice layer of fat right above my waist that I wanna get rid of. Any advice?
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    I say keep it ;) small pot bellies are hot!
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    Dec 10, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    My advice is pretty novice so maybe some of the pro's on here can chime in...

    To get rid of the fat you are going to need to engage in activity that gets you past burning sugar in your muscles and into fat burning aerobic activity.

    If you are trying to bulk up at the same time - you are going to have to diet pretty strict so that at no time do you take in more calories than you are going to burn up repairing your muscles, refueling from exercise and getting to the next meal. That means lots of lower cal meal throughout the day.

    I've switched to 5 small meals a day and I do anaerobic zone 3 exercise for 2-3 hrs per week. I've slimmed down my fat above my waist, shrunk from a 33 waist jean to 31's. This was without losing any size on my arms, chest or thighs. I have lost about 6 lbs, but I think I've lost more than that in fat and gained some in muscle. They aren't bigger, they're just tighter and I can lift more.

    good luck

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    Dec 10, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    Damn, I have the same problem but that "strict diet" won't work for me. I eat a lot. And I mean A LOT.
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    Dec 10, 2008 3:15 AM GMT
    It is tough to say since we don't know anything about your diet and all we know about your workout routine is the number of times a week and duration from your profile. But, adding cardio has been the only way I have been able to finish off those last few pounds. Right now, you are only doing it for thirty minutes a week. Adding it in a few more times a week isn't going to make you scrawny.
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    Dec 10, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:03 AM GMT
    It is possible to put on muscle and lose fat. The most important area to focus on would be your diet then your resistance training. It's possible to leave out the cardio portion however integrating cardio would help speed up the process of losing fat. The problem is knowing your daily protein, carb, and fat needs to achieve your goal. Just in general to maintain your weight you would need up to 1 gram of protein and carbs per pound of body weight and something like .22 grams of fat per pound of body weight. The food will support your muscle gains and as long as you are burning more per week lets say than you are consuming you will create a caloric deficit and that will introduce fat loss. If you can be responsible enough to consume your daily values of protein, carbs and fat in 5 meals spread out through the day... That will increase your metabolism. That will help you burn fat as well. Lot's of moving parts but if you can pull it off the rewards are worth it.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    Bill Phillip's Body for Life program is excellent for teaching people how to eat right without depriving themselves of their guilty pleasures. It also gives a pretty well rounded work out routine that has been proven to strip fat without losing muscle mass. It was a best seller for a number of years not too long ago. I suggest you get a copy. It worked for me.
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    Dec 10, 2008 6:40 AM GMT
    just do some cardio if you want to get leaner. I'd say rowing is my favorite cardio workout (besides swimming) because you're working your core while you're rowing, it feels good the next morning.

    But really, any form of cardio will begin to wear away at fat. If you don't want to lose the size you'll have to deal with shrinking before you grow. At least that's what we're taught. Anyways, just do some ab workouts, crunches with weights and things like that.

    Also, "core" workouts really help get the lines showing, so a plank, side-plank, or superman work well (normally together) and whatever else you can find. So like 30-40 seconds each and work up from their as you're muscles build their endurance.
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    Dec 10, 2008 11:27 AM GMT
    "Abs are made in the kitchen."
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    Dec 11, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    makeumyne said"Abs are made in the kitchen."


    I'd agree, wild sex in the kitchen burns a TON of calories!
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    Jan 08, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    L-glutamine is supposed to help prevent muscle catabolism, so u can take that and still do lots of cardio without losing muscle mass.
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    Jan 08, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    My advice (not that it's new): regular cardio, eat the right stuff (whole grains, veggies and lean protein), supplements and a GOOD trainer who knows what he's doing -- not your typical kid who works at Bally's. And work your ass off in the gym.