Any Advise

  • rainier67

    Posts: 25

    Sep 22, 2009 12:32 PM GMT
    I started working out and doing cardio 6 days a week. I briskwalk/jog on the treadmil for 20 minutes then I hit a different body part for another 30 min or so.
    I noticed some definition in my shoulders/ biceps/chest especially when I flex. I have a pot belly that does not seem to want to leave me!!! lolol

    I eat balanced meals- High Protein/ Low carbs/I eat seafood-vegetables. I gave up on pop, I alot drink water on a daily basis.

    Age: 42
    Im 6ft- 232 ibs
    I have bounced between 228ibs-232ibs for 2 months.

    With all the workouts shouldnt my belly should gotten smaller and I should have lost fat, correct?

    been at this for 3 months!
  • coolarmydude

    Posts: 9191

    Sep 22, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    The problem is that your cardio sessions aren't long enough per session and too frequent. I also suggest changing up your cardio routine.

    You only need to do cardio sessions 3-4 times per week and it should vary from 12-15 minutes of sprints (45-60 seconds sprinting with double that walk/jog) to 30-45 minutes of moderate to intense intensity. Machines suggest 65% of max heart rate for fat burn and 85% of max heart rate for cardio. Max heart rate is 220 minus your age. I like to do about 70-75% max heart rate.

    Another thing, you should do your running outside and vary your intensity within the same run; sprint short distances, jog longer distances, etc. If you must use the treadmill, you must run on at least a 1% incline in order to truly replicate outdoor running surface conditions.

    The key is to vary your intensity and duration.

    Bonus points if you have hills. You'll know it's working on the spot when you feel the burn in your glutes.
  • rainier67

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    Sep 22, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    Thank U!
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    Sep 22, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    Are you eating too many calories? The only way to lose your belly is if you body has a deficit of calories.
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    Sep 22, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    Earlier this year a pic taken of me showed myself grossly overweight.
    So I went to visit a nurse at our clinic to ask what I should do to lose the excess. Instead of two huge meals a day as before, I now have smaller meals, and snack during the day. I switched from full cream milk to semi-creamed (I can't stand fully skimmed), I did away with night time cereals and replaced it with fresh veg (eg raw carrots) or fresh fruit. I also read that consuming grapefruit, especially at breakfast, is also helpful, because of the protein which breaks down fat. I drink concentrated grapefruit juice, ie 100% juice with nothing added.
    The nurse agreed to monitor me every two weeks. This is important, because having a monitor helps keep me on track.
    She then gave me a series of floor exercises to be done at home. The most suitable were situps, with which at first I struggled with ten, now I can do thirty without a problem. They really hit me hard on the tummy. In the last three months I lost about two stone. People say that I look much slimmer and have a more youthful face. I feel more invigorated and puff less than before.
    But the nurse insists that my weight will more likely to stay off if I allow it to drop slowly. Rapid weight loss usually fails - you put it back on again.
    I'm about halfway to my ideal weight for my height and body mass. Although it is slow, she insists that time is not a problem, as long as the loss continues, even if it's just two kilos a month.
    On my last visit to her, (just last week) I learned an important truth - never let yourself go hungry - you just GAIN weight. This is due to the body sensing an emergency and acts upon it by storing up fat reserves.
  • rainier67

    Posts: 25

    Sep 23, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advise!!!

    I always thought that you had to burn the fat and then do crunches/situps