When does the body start using the excess body fat?

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    Jan 31, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    I know that the body uses up calories when you are exercising. I'm wondering, at what point does the body start using the excess body fat reserves? I'm 5'7", 155 lbs and 32"/33" waist. I can lose about 5 more pounds of excess fat so I can get back into size 30". It mostly lingers around my stomach which is the hardest to lose. I want to strategize so that I can effectively lose this fat once and for all.

    I'm eating less carbs/sugars and more lean protein, fiber and veggies. I do weights 3 days a week and cardio 2-3 days a week. I rest at least once a week. This last bit of fat is hardest to lose. I've been fluctuating in weight and waist size between 32/30 for a long time now. I want to lose it for good. It sucks when I see I'm making a little bit of progress then I get back to where I started.

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • Brian888

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    Jan 31, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    The simple answer is you have to create a caloric deficit. You need to be burning more calories than your consuming. And rather than eating less you should increase the intensity of your workouts to keep your metabolism in high gear. I also feel you'll accomplish better results with more short intense weight training workouts (30 minutes or less, but you will have to move quickly) through the week than increasing your cardio workouts.
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    Jan 31, 2010 6:55 AM GMT
    For shorter/faster weight routines, should I do heavier weights as well? Currently I'm doing weights in the 25-30 lbs range so that I can do everything with perfect form. They are challenging enough for me to do about 12-15 reps and 4-5 sets.

    I'm not an expert so one of the things I fear is getting injured from improper form. I see guys at the gym who fling around heavy weights but I don't want to risk doing the same and suffering an injury. I guess it helps that they have a spotter or a training buddy to help if they need it.

    Another thing I'm curious about is calorie intake. I know that muscles feed off of calories and if I want to get bigger, I need to take in more calories. The other thing is that taking in more calories can also make me fat so I have to take the caloric deficit approach. Isn't that kind of contradictory?

    Regardless, I'm going to try your tips and increase the intensity of my workouts. I'm getting so tired of the fat that lingers there. It's been many years but I'm determined to get rid of it.

    Thanks for your feedback.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jan 31, 2010 11:45 AM GMT
    When you start to feel those nasty katosis