baby fat

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    Dec 14, 2007 5:53 PM GMT
    Ok, so I'm not fat or at all not hwp; I'm in relatively good health (I can at least jog four miles at a time--that was all I had time for about a month ago when I had time for it; I do 80 pushups and 200-300 crunches every other day).

    I'm 19, so it's not like I shouldn't have grown out of baby fat by now. It's just keeping me from being as attractive as I could be, and I want to figure out how to get rid of it--you can't even tell when I have a shirt on, or when I'm not smiling, but when I grin my cheeks bunch up and without my shirt there's what looks like an half-inch of fat layered over my stomach.

    Cardio for 50 minutes three or four days a week for a few months didn't do anything; the pushups/crunches aren't either. My diet is about as healthy as I can get it, being a poor college kid who has to eat cafeteria food: about half grilled sandwiches of turkey, lettuce, tomato and cheese, and about half various other (between pasta, pizza, or salads).

    Help?
  • GQjock

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    Dec 15, 2007 1:08 AM GMT
    There's really no such thing as baby fat
    ....yes fetuses are born with a layer of special fat to keep them warm but that disappears after a few months

    if you want to get rid of a few lingering pounds you're going to have to change your strategy

    The college cafeteria diet is probably what's doing you in
    plus I didn't really hear any weights being thrown around
    progressive resistance>>> weights
    is about the only way to increase muscle mass
    which is the fire that burns the calories...without that cardio is just jumpin' around

  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 16, 2007 1:26 AM GMT
    Long sessions of standard cardio aren't the best thing to do: interval training is where it's at these days. Warm up for 5 minutes, then alternate between a minute of slow and a minute of fast exercise, then cool down for 5 minutes. This way you only have to work out for 20-25 minutes and you keep burning fat later on, while you're sitting down, even while you sleep.

    I imagine this is because while doing standard cardio, your body gets used to it and it has less of an effect. Chucky could tell you the biology behind it, but that's how i visualize it.

    Similarly, I would vary your workout routine. If you do a million crunches, your body will get good at crunches and that is all. Switch it up and don't let your body get too comfortable. At the very least, do different types of crunches, like with your legs crossed in the air, or on a medicine ball, or what have you.