Tummy flattening

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    Sep 24, 2007 2:31 PM GMT
    What are the best exercises for flattening your stomach?

    All my fat seems to be there :-(
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    Sep 24, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    Apparently its CARDIO. Just need to lose fat to show the 6-pack that is hiding out under all the skin :)
  • doctorboy

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    Sep 24, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    hey man. the only way to really lose fat is to do cardio. there is no such things as targeting fat loss to certain areas, in other words doing twists or crunches is not targeting fat on your abdomen (get what i mean?). the best and fastest way to lose weight is to do interval cardio, plus it takes less time. (there are probably gonna be a bunch of people with different experiences and opinions about cardio and fat loss, somethings work for some people better; the key is to try a bunch of different things and see what works for you...bottom line though is ti understand the biochemistry of fat metabolism (which i am not going to get into here). the interval training is simply performing high intensity cardio for 1-2 minutes then followed by lower intensity for about 3-4 minutes. repeat this sequence 2x when you are just starting off (make sure to warm up and cool down by doing some light jogging or something like that) you can choose whatever cardio exercise you like best, just switch the intensity as i stated above. if you want to talk more about it feel free to email me.
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    Sep 25, 2007 1:19 AM GMT
    And to piggy-back that post, if you do a lot of abdominal exercises with additional weight resistance, guess what will happen? You abdominal muscles will get larger, meaning your waist will get larger.

    You'll be fine doing abdominal exercises with your own body weight.
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    Sep 25, 2007 5:57 AM GMT
    Watch the diet, and do cardio.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 25, 2007 10:18 AM GMT
    Listen to the boys here...
    they got it right
    get the body fat down and you'll have a flat stomach
  • leaozinho

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    Sep 25, 2007 10:31 AM GMT
    along with the cardio recommendations to lose fat, try toning or tighting exercises. take a pilates class or abs focused class. core work will help you hold your "navel to spine".
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    Sep 25, 2007 10:34 AM GMT
    I hate to say it, but you got to go on a diet and do lots of cardo.
    I want to tell you something about the love handles, because at a certian age they get very difficult to handle. Some people will tell you that only liposuction will work and with some people I would agree with that view.
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    Sep 25, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    Belly fat is usually the LAST type of fat you lose from your body when on a diet/fitness program. The body is extremely efficient, and the midsection is a good "storing area" because it offers the least energy-resistance to the moving body.

    As others have said above, the steps you need to take in order to lose those love handles are:

    1. Modify your diet so that you consume fewer calories than your body needs. Estimate your approximate daily caloric intake (http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm)
    and try to consume 500-750 calories less than that each day. Or, better yet, do cardio in conjunction with your diet. For instance, eat 250 calories less, and do half an hour of jogging on the treadmill which might burn 250 calories (-500 in total). Over a week, you should be losing 1-1.5 pounds. If you try to lose any more than that per week, you risk lowering your body's metabolism to adapt to your new diet.

    What to eat? Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and fibrous foods. As for fats: monounsaturated and poly-unsaturated are fine, satured fat and trans fat are bad.

    Also, eat six times a day.

    8:00 AM - Breakfast - 600 cal
    10:30 AM - Snack 1 - 250 cal
    1:00 PM - Lunch - 550 cal
    4:00 PM - Snack 2 - 200 cal
    7:00 PM - Dinner - 500 cal
    10:00 PM - Snack 3 - 200 cal
    TOTAL: 2,300 cal

    Try to eat a little protein with each meal to keep your body satisfied. For breakfast, I like having hot oat bran because it leaves me full, and gives me energy for the rest of the day (it has a very, very low glycemic index). Some healthy snacks may include apples with peanut butter, no- or low-fat cottage cheese, protein shakes, or energy bars.

    2. If you're not already doing cardio, add it to your routine. On non-weight training days, perform 30-45 minutes of cardio, gradually increasing the intensity every week. Many people are now advocating "interval-training"--if you've done cardio consistently for the past few months or so, give it a try.

    3. Be patient. Weigh yourself only once a week, at most.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:02 PM GMT
    In my humble opinion, if you follow Syphers guidance, you will achieve the results you seek...he is spot on...my only commentary, is dont immediately start out jogging/running...start out walking at a brisk pace for 30-45 min and work your way up to jogging...If you dont have one already, get an ipod with your fav music on it and get out on the pavement...music makes the experience more enjoyable and that time will fly!!!

    Stick to his diet suggestions!!!!!
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    Sep 25, 2007 7:57 PM GMT
    bollox to the eat 250 calories less and run for an hour! Eat 500 calories less and work your arse off in the gym on the wieghts!

    Cardio is not the answer its a lot of effort for minimal results and why so many people give up and dont get the flat stomach they seek.

    A body is made 80% in the kitchen 20% in the gym. get your cardio from an effectively planned weights workout and you will get to your results quicker and easier than you feel possible.

    By all means if you like running then run, but dont expect it to be a panacea or indeed a sustainable long term strategy
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    Sep 25, 2007 7:59 PM GMT
    sypher re your comments on the bodies adaption and metabolism the body will adjust to any static dietary input given sufficient time on that diet.

    Manipulating the diet on a weekly basis does help overcome this
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    Sep 27, 2007 2:54 AM GMT
    Right, I recommend both of the things you've said, bfgi.
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    Oct 06, 2007 7:59 PM GMT
    sorry bg but running is the best way to drop body fat well combined with a good diet.
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    Oct 06, 2007 8:28 PM GMT
    Explain how you believe that to be true?

    At best when on a weightloss goal you will lose a consistant 1 1/2-2lbs a week. Now you can run every day to create a calorie deficit alongside diet but you will not retain muscle mass doing so as you are not progressively stimulating muscle. Muscle burns calories. The more muscle the greater the calorie requirement. How often would you propose running then to create this "best fat loss?" probably 1/2 hour or 1 hour for say at least 3 days a week? Or alternatively combining in with a weights routine, normaly after the running? And what is your calorie burn from that running exactly? It can vary wildly from session to session so how can you eat accordingly?

    Its alot of input to achieve a fat loss result that could have been achieved by:

    Now compare that to eating a regimented calorie deficit daily and 3 weights workouts a week sub 45 minutes.

    The only best fat loss method is one you will stick to and one you will execute correctly. But its a hell of alot more efficient and sustainable to do something less time demanding. The least effort the freater the degree of success

  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 06, 2007 8:36 PM GMT
    Are we talking about getting rid of stomach fat or tightening the stomach muscles? They both play a role in flattening the stomach.

    I find nothing tightens me up like an ab roller (you know, a small wheel with handles on each side; I got mine for $7 on Amazon).
  • jock_1

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    Oct 23, 2007 5:58 PM GMT
    three simple words to keep your stomach looking good. cardio, cardio, and cardio. usually my cardio days are run, bike, and either stairs or elyptical. 20-30 minutes each at different pace. good luck and one other way i forgot to mention....CARDIO
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    Oct 23, 2007 11:32 PM GMT
    I realize I don't have the flattest stomach on here by any means, but I've found that a good low fat diet, high in protien, while using a good lifting regimine 5 days a week with abs every other day has kinda worked for me. when I added cardio every other day after my workout I did notice a bit more of a difference though. just my experience though...
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    Oct 24, 2007 12:46 AM GMT
    try this site...finally losing my spare tire followin this program :-)