Love handles and genetics....

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    Apr 20, 2007 12:23 AM GMT
    I was curious if anyone had any advice for an average bodied guy who can't seem to rid himself of the love handles. I eat clean, run, work out 3-4x a week and although the muscles and body do alright, the love handles seem to be here to stay. Am I forbidden from having a six pack like half you hotties on here?

    There might not be a way to get around certain types of genetics... but I was curious if anyone else out there has had a similar problem in the past and might have some tips....
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    Apr 20, 2007 2:23 AM GMT
    Best way to drop some serious pounds (and fat!) - and feel better: go gluten-free.

    Yeah, it sounds hard, but it's not nearly as hard as you might imagine. Gluten-free means no wheat, so no bread, no pasta, no baked goods, etc. Replace all that crap with healthy carbs and starches like brown rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes (the best, nutritionally).

    I shed between 10-15 pounds in not more than two months when I went gluten-free. I didn't change anything else, diet, work-out routine, etc. Just stopped eating gluten.

    Going gluten-free also helped my sinuses (haven't had a sinus infection in three years...and this is coming from someone who suffered from 2 every year). I don't suffer from allergies nearly as much either.

    And, getting to those pesky love handles (I feel your pain!), mine shrunk right up. Not completely gone, but they don't bother me any longer.

    Anyway, my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth...
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    Apr 20, 2007 4:16 AM GMT
    the gluten free advice is good. u may need to do cardio also first thing in the morning before you eat, so your body utilizes your fat reserves and not carbs for energy. Also, no carbs at dinner--just salad and as much protein as you want. A product that helps me get cut really quickly is hydroxycut-- it definitely jumpstarts my metabolism. I know when I want to look good with my shirt off ;), that always works for me, in addition to 5-6 meals spread out during the day. and carbs, always with a protein source, never by themselves. anyway, i hope this helps. :) picture how you want to look, cut out photos from fitness mags etc. and post them on your fridge for added inspiration. -- and good eye candy too :)
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    Apr 20, 2007 4:51 AM GMT
    AWESOME...I just signed up for this website and love it so far. It is amazing how quickly you two responded after just posting this today. These are great tips and I can try to adjust my schedule to run in the morning instead of work. I went online and whole foods has a great gluten-free menu of all the products they carry that are gluten free. I thank you both for your comments!
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    Apr 20, 2007 8:12 AM GMT
    If you try a gluten-free diet and miss pasta, check out Tinkyada's rice pasta. I'm sure they sell it at Whole Foods. It's the ONLY rice pasta (and believe me, I've tried them all) that actually tastes like pasta, holds its shape, and doesn't get mushy. Look for the brown rice with rice bran variety. It's YUMMY!

    I'm not sure I agree about the Hydroxycut, though. Bottom line with supplements is this: you are the guinea pig. There is no established testing protocol for these things. The industry has fought very hard to keep government out, and government has largely complied. Let the market police itself, etc. The trouble is, no one's really sure about the long-term effects of these miracles in a bottle. What are they doing to your organs? What long-term health problems might arise? And when they point to their "university studies", come on, don't believe that stuff. One or two paid-for studies does not reliable and thorough testing make.

    Cardio in the morning is great advice. Eat right. And don't focus so much on your flaws. We all have them. The goal should be to live healthy, to be strong, to have a positive outlook. A sixpack is nice, sure, but don't go crazy trying to get it.
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    Apr 20, 2007 1:43 PM GMT
    Well Even Brad Pitt did hydroxycut when he was training for Troy-- but I agree with high sierra that natural is the best way to go. Brad looked great in that movie, but in the razzle dazzle of hollywood and getting ready for a role in a short amount of time, he needed an exra boost. As much as possible, go for natural foods, not processed - when you work out also, what you put in your body before and after is crucial. Arnold and true bodybuilding afficionados advocate a 3:1 carb:protein ratio before workout and a 4:1 ratio after workout, all within 30 minutes to and hour at the most. those 2 "feeding session" would obviously count as 2 of the 5-6 that you will hve throughout your day.
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    Apr 20, 2007 3:20 PM GMT
    Dude- thanks for asking that question. I have been working on gettin rid of the fatty that sits right on my belly for a few months. Its hard work but consistency and hangin crunches seem to work... i notice a difference when i increase cardio and do it in the morning as suggested. in any case, keep working hard man and dont give up. it just takes time and again consistency... constant effort is the key. just droppin some support. have a good one.
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    Apr 21, 2007 1:01 AM GMT
    HAHA Yeah I am not a big fan of pills or medicine in general...so no supps for me. I even am standoffish about vitamins even though I know the help...something about the pill form that I just don't like. But I force myself to do simple vitamins on a daily basis...

    Hey Dreamer...I was curious about your ratios...could you explain a little more... e.g. is it a weight thing or serving thing or?
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    Apr 21, 2007 2:19 AM GMT
    A good way to ramp up fat burning is High Intensity Interval Training.
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    Apr 21, 2007 9:13 AM GMT
    Yes ... I agree with much of what's been said
    and if you keep working on the diet and the workouts you'll get rid of the love handles
    ...there is a propensity of fat retention in families yes
    but we can overcome that and change our metabolism thru exercise and diet
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    Apr 27, 2007 9:10 PM GMT
    Are you under any emotional stress? This may be a factor as well.
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    May 03, 2007 1:09 AM GMT
    HAHA no emotional stress...lots of stress @ work...but has always been that way...emotionally I am good!
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    Jun 08, 2007 12:46 AM GMT
    Try quinoa as a staple rather than pasta or rice. It's better than both or either.