I've rediscovered the joys of working out! But theres one problem....

  • HPgeek934

    Posts: 970

    Apr 08, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    Hey Real Jockers,

    So, I've finally rediscovered the joys of working out again after 2 years of being in a funk and half-assing it. Ive hired a Personal trainer, and I'm feeling better than ever, I'm even seeing gains in my arms that I've never had before! It's amazing!

    There is however one area that I feel like hasn't changed a bit: my midsection. I tend to hold my fat there, but my trainer said that that actually isn't fat, its just lose skin, and should tighten up. I'm not sure about that thou. It looks like I'm pregnant as the day goes by lol Also, since I'm not doing cardio (so I don't lose gains and burn calories) I feel like I've hit a wall.

    Can you give me any advice?

    Thanks Studs!
    -Anthony




    Here is the meals I've been eating in case that helps:

    Breakfast: 3-4 scrambled eggs with almond milk, and a corn muffin

    Brunch: 25-30 Almonds or a chobani yogurt

    Lunch: Whole wheat wrap with Roast beef/turkey/chicken/ham/tuna with
    lettuce and cheese - Half an Avacado

    Dinner: High protein meats like Chicken/Turkey/steak/fish with a side of baked potato/sweet potato/brown rice/veggies/fruit

    2-3 hours after Dinner: Chobani Yogurt

    Half an avocado before bed.


  • GWriter

    Posts: 1446

    Apr 09, 2014 10:32 AM GMT
    You should be able to tell the difference between fat and loose skin. If you aren't doing any cardio at all on top of your weight training, you might try some high-intensity interval training on your rest days, to keep your metabolism humming. If you are eating enough, it shouldn't inhibit your muscle gains. And make sure your gym workouts are intense -- that's cardio right there!
    (Also, in my opinion, 25 - 30 almonds is too much.)
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    Apr 09, 2014 10:38 AM GMT
    I'm not an expert, but some cardio is really important.

    You are young enough that loose skin will tighten up over time. It may not happen as quickly as you like.

    For people like me who have lost big amounts of weight, the only fix is surgery at some point to remove the loose skin.
  • ChiGuy999

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    Apr 09, 2014 12:47 PM GMT
    From my experience at least, I found that core strengthening was key to tightening up the midsection. While "spot-targeting" is a myth, I don't think that applies to you. Strengthening your abdominal region, as well as your lower back so you don't have a muscular imbalance, should help yield some results.

    I had loose skin when I originally lost 40 lbs, so I definitely understand. Good luck, and most of all, never give up!!
  • ChiGuy999

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    Apr 09, 2014 12:48 PM GMT
    If I may add, plyometrics combined with high intensity intervals should do the trick. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 09, 2014 1:56 PM GMT
    Another issue to keep in mind here is water retention. Abdominal flab can also be due to this as well as to fat accumulation or loose skin.

    Your water levels will fluctuate throughout the day, and certain foods, like dairy and high sodium snacks, can cause temporary bloating. Hormonal imbalances like excess estrogen levels can also cause this.

    It's best to measure your body fat/water levels first thing in the morning when you're "driest" to get a good indicator of your midsection's overall condition.
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Apr 09, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    GWriter saidYou should be able to tell the difference between fat and loose skin. If you aren't doing any cardio at all on top of your weight training, you might try some high-intensity interval training on your rest days, to keep your metabolism humming. If you are eating enough, it shouldn't inhibit your muscle gains. And make sure your gym workouts are intense -- that's cardio right there!
    (Also, in my opinion, 25 - 30 almonds is too much.)


    I agree way too many almonds in one sitting. Maybe 10!

    I cut out almost anything processed and am 95% gluten free and it seems to be working nicely.

    I'd chuck those corn muffin and white potatoes tho. Instead of wraps perhaps go with white corn tortillas which is what I switched too. If I want a sandwich I take a couple slices of Udi's Gluten Free bread out of the freezer and have a sandwich. But that's rare!
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    Apr 09, 2014 2:57 PM GMT
    if you determine you need to loose some more weight control your calorie intake. For a few days write down what you eat and get online and assign a calorie value to each food item. There are some smart phone apps that do this and more.

    loosing weight and muscle gain are separate things. Get your weight where you want it and discontinue the diet when you meet your expectations.

    If you eat less try to eat better foods and do this more often during the day.

    if your spending money on a trainer also get an evaluation from a dietitian. And be done with the guessing. Arrive at the dietitian's office with a diet plan.

  • madsexy

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    Apr 09, 2014 3:24 PM GMT
    First, you don't "look pregnant", but I don't mean to minimize your desire and objective. And congratulations on resuming and going for it - that's awesome and keep up the good work.

    Second, I had a good friend at uni who did exactly what Cross says below, both the weight loss (which he needed to do and DID - YAY him!) and how he resolved his midsection issue, which sounds (and looks) like what you're describing. Cross's advice would sure be worth pursuing for several months to see how it affects you. Maybe your trainer can hear this and weigh in and integrate it into your routine?

    Cheers!

    Crossfit999 saidFrom my experience at least, I found that core strengthening was key to tightening up the midsection. While "spot-targeting" is a myth, I don't think that applies to you. Strengthening your abdominal region, as well as your lower back so you don't have a muscular imbalance, should help yield some results.

    I had loose skin when I originally lost 40 lbs, so I definitely understand. Good luck, and most of all, never give up!!