Best way to get LEANER!

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    Sep 29, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    In the last year I've went from weighing 230lbs (when I was in highschool wrestling) to weighing 160lbs. My chest and arms are looking good after I recently got back in to weight training, but after 5 weeks I still see no real difference in the abs department.

    I've lost my love handles, the flab, all that, but I still cant seem to get my abs to look lean and defined.

    What could I be doing wrong and/or what can I do better to bring the little bit of fat I have left down and finally show some muscles?!
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    Sep 29, 2007 2:55 AM GMT
    its all in the diet and the cardio....you will have to find the right mix that your body responds to....but definitely cut out all sugars and most carbs...then do a lot of cardio...and get a good ab routine going...it takes a while....wont happen over nite...but it will happen.
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    Sep 29, 2007 4:20 AM GMT
    I wholeheartedly agree with Mascjockatl. I'm still trying to tinker with everything to get my optimal balance. In terms of exercises, I think there's a few that are more effective than others (ex. planks and its variations, decline bench fly/trunk curl, etc). Cardio and diet are obviously key to a defined midsection.
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    Sep 30, 2007 12:11 PM GMT
    You've got some good advice here and I'd say it's a good idea to follow what they said
    congrats on the weight loss
    and you seem to know what it takes to loose weight
    but the last bit is always the toughest
    and something else might be going on
    with a fairly rapid weight loss the skin sometimes doesn't have time to relapse back after being stretched out for so long
    and as we get older this elasticity decreases with time
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    Sep 30, 2007 12:41 PM GMT
    but definitely cut out all sugars

    Mascojock,

    I agree with you, but unfortunately I seem to have this sugar craving that make it difficult to cut all sugar from my diet. I depend heavily on diet pop (another bad habit) to kill this sugar craving. I been trying to eat a lot of fruit to subtitute those craving but it just not the same. Just like mastubation and real sex. It just my body keep asking for the real thing!. Maybe you can help me out.

    zak
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    Sep 30, 2007 1:34 PM GMT
    Zakariahzol,


    I feel your pain bro. I LOVE grape soda. But it is what it is dude. Your gonna have to find something naturally sweet that's sweet enough to sub for those cravings. Find some natural fruit juices, or some honey dew melon, cantelope and grapes. That usually does it for me.

    mcgine,

    I don't think your gonna get any better advice than what was given to you. Cardio and diet is the key. Depending on your body type you'll need to accommodate accordingly.
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    Sep 30, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    Thank you so much for the feedback! Luckily sugar isn't a problem for me, I hate sweet stuff. My diet consists mainly of raw vegetables, fish, and lean red meat. I really try and stay away from breads, and if I do eat them they're always whole grain. I guess I'll just have to bump up my cardio then, which right now is only about twice a week for 30 minutes... maybe.

    And what you said about the extra skin, I think that may be part of it. But what can I do about THAT? And what's more, is I've noticed a few... dare I say... "stretch marks" GASP.

    What can I do about that stuff?
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    Oct 02, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    its all in diet and hydration cardio has got bugger all to do with it.

    Most guys dont see their abs as they simply dont drink enough water and intercellular water is maintained which flattens over the abs.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    This topic has been talked to death, but here it is again.

    Abs are a function of bodyfat levels.

    Bodyfat levels are a function of metabolic rate.

    Calories, and metabolic activation, along with magic make for great abs.

    Here's reality:
    The guy on the cover of the magazine is almost certainly doing the following / has the following:

    1. Great genes.
    2. Knows how eat (high calorie, high protein, low fat, and rarely cheats, with good insulin management.)
    3. Knows how to workout (lifts, and does intervals, day after day, after day)
    4. Has been working out for years.
    5. Is on a highly anabolic cocktail of AAS.
    6. Is very dry (diuretic, and water restriction to get that nice tight look).

    One of my trainers has been on the cover of Muscle and Fitness more than any man alive. I am well versed in what goes on for pro photo shoots. It's all scientific manipulation: staying lean with anabolics; getting dried out and carbed up. It's a standard routine that's no secret in winner's circles.

    Understand that you will NOT look like a magazine photo, even if you starve yourself. Those guys have a long list of tools in their arsenal; have genes; know how to use their tools; when to dry out; when to carb up / slin push. They are extraordinarily smart, disciplined, and gifted people. Very few can pull it off on a routine basis.

    You'll get some abs, if you are diligent in your diet, lifting, and metabolic activation, but, accept that unless you're one of the folks mentioned above, you won't look like a fitness model nor a competitive bodybuilder. That's reality.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:57 PM GMT
    7. great photoshop skills