ant811 saidI'm new to the whole working out thing, but I just signed up at a gym that I really like and I think I'll be sticking with it this time. I have a friend who will be going with me for most of the time, and his Mom is actually a trainer there and she'll be helping me out. But I figured it couldn't hurt to ask some guys here. What's the best thing to do to get rid of this gut, these love handles, and "man boobs"?
The strategy that has worked for me and others I have worked out with is one of building lean muscle mass while stripping away body-fat. Essentially you begin from the inside out.
Diet is first and foremost. Being very careful to eat clean, healthy food is key. Avoid processed foods and dinners such as Lean Cuisine (Lame Cuisine) or (Un)Healthy Choice. Good protein such as chicken breast, lean sirloin steak, turkey breast are a must for building lean mass, which will up your metabolism.
Avoid starchy foods, excessive alcohol, fried foods and be especially mindful of sodium. Sugar, which is often a hidden ingredient, is disastrous. Read labels and educate yourself. Also avoid high fat foods like ranch dressing.
If you don't have your diet right, you'll negate nearly everything you do in the gym.
At the gym, focus on muscle confusion and keep the intensity high while lifting. You don't need a lot of weight or reps, just be constantly moving. The only rest should be between adjusting the weight load or going between machines or exercises.
Cardio is also a must. I do intervals 3 times per wee for 30 minutes, steady vigorous 2 days a week, and active recovery one day per week.