Abs (Fat Burning)

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    Jun 03, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    I have always been the skinny guy with effortless amazing abs. But as I age, I am beginning to get a small yet troublesome layer of fat right at my abs, around my navel and to my obliques.

    My friends say it's nothing, just keep to diet and exercise but of course I am worried.

    Do crunches build fat burning muscle?

    Again this is just a tiny layer but enough to have me using topical fat burner (doesn't work), Ripped Fuel Extreme, upping my cardio and ab workouts.

    Does anyone else have this and how can I get back to 0% body fat?

    XO
    Kyle
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    Jun 04, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Welcome to your mid-30s!
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    Jun 04, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    Crap! But thanks! I will have to work harder then...

  • dannyboy1101

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    Jun 04, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    0% body fat?!?!?!?!?! Sounds a bit unhealthy icon_eek.gif. I don't want to be around you if you ever decide to sit down after achieving that goal. You'll tear in half!
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 04, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    KyleBStyle said
    Do crunches build fat burning muscle?


    not really, Although any muscle mass you add will increase your body's daily caloric needs, abs don't really have a lot of muscle mass, so not much fat will be burned by them.

    and your body will decide where to add and remove fat from, dong crunches will not melt the fat from your abs, you have to increase your calorie deficit, and then your body loses the fat from where it wants to. although with most guys the area you describe is the last to go.

    also try to avoid processed sugars and carbs, pretty much white anything (sugar, flour, rice, etc) aren't the best choice. Read about the glycemic index

    you might just have to up the cardio a bit, and be a bit stricter on the diet, but pretty much as was said before, welcome to mid-30's.
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    Jun 04, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    NYCguy74 said
    KyleBStyle said
    Do crunches build fat burning muscle?


    not really, Although any muscle mass you add will increase your body's daily caloric needs, abs don't really have a lot of muscle mass, so not much fat will be burned by them.

    and your body will decide where to add and remove fat from, dong crunches will not melt the fat from your abs, you have to increase your calorie deficit, and then your body loses the fat from where it wants to. although with most guys the area you describe is the last to go.

    also try to avoid processed sugars and carbs, pretty much white anything (sugar, flour, rice, etc) aren't the best choice. Read about the glycemic index

    you might just have to up the cardio a bit, and be a bit stricter on the diet, but pretty much as was said before, welcome to mid-30's.


    Yep...I agree! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    Ewww that does NOT paint a nice picture. But I think you understand my desire. Let me rephrase that to 100% lean?

    Thanks!

    XO
    Kyle



    dannyboy1101 said0% body fat?!?!?!?!?! Sounds a bit unhealthy icon_eek.gif. I don't want to be around you if you ever decide to sit down after achieving that goal. You'll tear in half!


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    Jun 05, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    Thanks very much for the detail. Educating oneself with so much information out there can be SO challenging.

    I appreciate your time!

    XO
    Kyle




    NYCguy74 said
    KyleBStyle said
    Do crunches build fat burning muscle?


    not really, Although any muscle mass you add will increase your body's daily caloric needs, abs don't really have a lot of muscle mass, so not much fat will be burned by them.

    and your body will decide where to add and remove fat from, dong crunches will not melt the fat from your abs, you have to increase your calorie deficit, and then your body loses the fat from where it wants to. although with most guys the area you describe is the last to go.

    also try to avoid processed sugars and carbs, pretty much white anything (sugar, flour, rice, etc) aren't the best choice. Read about the glycemic index

    you might just have to up the cardio a bit, and be a bit stricter on the diet, but pretty much as was said before, welcome to mid-30's.
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    Hee hee, thank you for your input too!

    XO
    Kyle


    RandyMan said
    NYCguy74 said
    KyleBStyle said
    Do crunches build fat burning muscle?


    not really, Although any muscle mass you add will increase your body's daily caloric needs, abs don't really have a lot of muscle mass, so not much fat will be burned by them.

    and your body will decide where to add and remove fat from, dong crunches will not melt the fat from your abs, you have to increase your calorie deficit, and then your body loses the fat from where it wants to. although with most guys the area you describe is the last to go.

    also try to avoid processed sugars and carbs, pretty much white anything (sugar, flour, rice, etc) aren't the best choice. Read about the glycemic index

    you might just have to up the cardio a bit, and be a bit stricter on the diet, but pretty much as was said before, welcome to mid-30's.


    Yep...I agree! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    Diet.

    by which I mean don´t "go on one".

    Learn to eat/exercise in a way that makes your body metabolize all the time (how to do this has been raised once or twice on here before http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/446869/ )

    Oh and don´t be worried. You aren´t going to look like a 20 year old forever, and that´s not a bad thing.
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    Jun 05, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Thank you for the advice and resources. I read the entire thread you directed me to.icon_biggrin.gif

    XO
    Kyle



    Lostboy saidDiet.

    by which I mean don´t "go on one".

    Learn to eat/exercise in a way that makes your body metabolize all the time (how to do this has been raised once or twice on here before http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/446869/ )

    Oh and don´t be worried. You aren´t going to look like a 20 year old forever, and that´s not a bad thing.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 05, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    Doing abs will not necessarily do anything to remove that spare tire-effect. There's no way to burn fat on one part of your body. You can try and compensate by burning more calories and/or reducing your caloric intake in an effort to reduce the fat around your middle.

    Of course, there's always liposuction.
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    Jun 05, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    Kyle,

    At about 28, your endogenous testosterone starts dropping off. To that end it's harder to maintain your body composition than before. It's not so much that your body slows (it need not), but that the hormones needed to preserve the younger you are no longer present. If your diet is good (you're eating enough of the right things); you're doing resistance exercise; you're doing some level of cardio activity; and getting rested, and still getting fatter, almost certainly you've entered andropause and are a good candidate for HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

    Getting on some testosterone, or one of its derivatives (AAS), will preserve your body composition, protect you from diseases of aging, protect your heart, protect your bones and muscle mass, preserve your blood pressure and cholesterol, protect against prostate cancer, and promote a general sense of well being, while allowing you to have higher physical performance well into middle age, and beyond.

    Don't forget that maintaining lean muscle mass is the ONLY way to increase your base metabolism, and strengthen your bones, AS YOU GROW OLDER.

    In my view, you're much better off to preserve your wellness rather than to treat illness.

    See a doctor. Get a CMP, fasting glucose, free testosterone, and free thyroid tests done, along with a PSA, and the usual BP checks, etc., just to see how the human machine is running. Likely, it's time for you to begin more wellness promotion before you end up doing disease treatment. You're almost certainly a good candidate for HRT.

    Be careful not to get caught up in Big Pharm's cholesterol drugs, and bp, drugs, that force your levels to levels that can't be maintained without constant medication and side effects.

    If you're serious about building fat burning muscle, work your legs. 2/3 of your lean mass is in your legs.

    Visible abs are just a function of body fat levels. Even the most out of shape person can have "abs" if their fat level is low enough.