Toning up those rough spots

  • rceddpc

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    Oct 08, 2015 6:39 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I've been doing really well with my nutrition and hitting the gym 6 times a week for the past year. I'm really happy with the progress I've made, but I still need help losing some body fat. It's those very stubborn parts (lower stomach, back) that refuse to tone up. It's not much, and I'm probably sitting at 12%bf rn, but I am getting a little frustrated with the work I'm putting in, and slowing progress being made. I know a lot of it has to do with eating, which I do well 6 days of the week. I'm thinking that the cheat meals at the end of the week (on top of going out and drinking) is the reason I've sort of hit this plateau for the past few months. I just wanted to see what you all thought, and if you'd experienced something similar, and what you did to get past this barrier.

    I appreciate it, guys!
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 08, 2015 7:42 PM GMT
    I think you hit the nail on the head. Alcohol is certainly high in calories and the cheat meal(s) are usually not at all healthy. Still 12% is good and about as good as you can get without complete bodybuilding diet all the time. I've hit that point, too, and have just decided that I like my wine and beer and great meal on Saturday night. Still, hate the gut.
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    Oct 10, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    I'm probably around there, but I screwed off a lot this year until a few months ago.

    I guess the obvious thing is to drop the cheating (depending how bad it is?) and try to compensate for the drinking more on those days.

    Have you tried more cardio?

    There is a point where you'll run into genetics but at least you have age on your side icon_smile.gif
  • ardeerd

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    Oct 11, 2015 3:30 AM GMT
    12% isn't bad at all. I've been single digits and it's no fun icon_razz.gif

    Do you track your calories and macros and stuff? If not, start. If you're just guessing at it, that could be the whole problem right there.

    I don't know where you're trying to burn fat, but abs are just as much diet as they are exercise.
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    Oct 11, 2015 1:13 PM GMT
    If your name was 'Pinnochio', I would give you a piece of sandpaper to tone those rough spots. Then, I will sit on your nose and sing; 'Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies'...!
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    Oct 12, 2015 5:02 AM GMT
    If you think it's difficult to lose fat at your age then wait until you are over 50 but it's easy using Paleo Diet. It builds muscle and burns bad fat and works amazing fast. We are talking 5 lbs a week. It's totally natural to be lean so a natural diet will keep you that way .
  • rceddpc

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    Oct 12, 2015 6:23 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I guess it just takes some more patience and cutting back on my cheat meals a bit.
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    Oct 14, 2015 1:54 AM GMT
    I think I wrote this down in some other thread but it seemed very similar. I'm not sure if it's my genes or if it's a south Asian thing but I have a very hard time losing the fat around my stomach. But I had to completely change my diet from bulking mode to trimming mode. Red meats were a big thing I changed so fish and chicken were my main source of "meat" proteins and then I had to do a ton of cardio to finally just shred everything off.


    I did manage to lose the excess fat on my lower abs and all the fat around my mid section. I was very happy as for me it was a struggle with losing fat in my mid section.