Effective workout to slim down, lose fat, and gain muscle definition???

  • sjmplus1

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    Oct 28, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    icon_question.gificon_question.gifI cant seem to find an effective workout to help lose fat and gain muscle. For years, Ive always been told I have a body that should react favorably (and quickly) to working out....yet it never seems to happen. Now it doesnt help that I seem to hate working out...and Ive developed serious back problems which tends to limit what I can do.

    Over the last year, due to other medical issues, Ive probably gained 10 lbs...Now to anyone looking, Im still considered thin, but it does bother me as the love handles have expanded a bit and now I cant fit into most of my clothes. Ive been trying to watch what I eat, been doing an elliptical for an hour at least 4x a week, and have tried starting an exercise program - I bought some of those adjustable dumbbells so I can do that from home without any excuses...but still nothing seems to work - Ive read a lot and it all seems to confuse me more as many books and/or articles will have conflicting info about diet & workout techniques. As Im getting older, the metabolism is probably going too so its starting to get discouraging - esp when you find a site like this and most everyone seems in perfect shape.

    So any helpful suggestions on what has worked for you...or is it just a matter of time. It seems most pple with bodies I would like have been working out since they were teenagers, and I unfortunately did not even have working out on my radar at that age.

  • leaozinho

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    Oct 28, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    I am not a fitness expert like other members here are, but my simple advice is to find a trainer to work with on a REGULAR basis, be patient, be consistent, tell the trainer ur goals. have him set up an exercise plan, and then look at your progress after a few months and make changes if you or he wants to focus on other goals. also pay attention to your diet.

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    Oct 28, 2007 5:30 PM GMT
    It sounds as if you need to get on a program and stick to it. You could have a personal trainer design one for you, or get one that has been published somewhere. You can probably find a program that just uses dumbbells. (The ones on this site tend to call for a lot of exotic equipment.)

    In my case, I started by cutting out several of the monthly workouts from the back of "Men's Fitness" magazine, laminating them and putting them in a gym notebook. At that time, they were published with photos and instructions for each exercise. These days, I'm basically using some of those same programs, but with a lot of variations.

    (I'm not sure if that particular magazine even still runs exercise and diet features - they started drifting more into stories about $400 Tee-shirts, fantasy sports cars, and celebrity interviews. WTF?)
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    Oct 28, 2007 5:55 PM GMT
    You talk about working out, but you don't mention your diet. Maybe that's the problem?

    Garbage in, garbage out. You can't build a house without the materials.