Gut :(

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    Apr 09, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I've been back at the gym for about 6 months now. Started with upper body & cardio, need to get back into running shape. Also would like to lose my gut, seems to be the hardest thing.

    I do 3 days of weight training, upper & lower, monday, wednesday, friday. I also do 30 minutes of anaerobic cardio. Tuesdays & Thursdays I do 60 minutes of straight cardio, no weights.

    In the first 5 months of going back, I haven't lost any weight, but i'm not worried about it because I have probably turned 15 lbs of fat into 15 lbs of muscle. There is a noticeable difference, and i'm happy with it, except the gut >< It has gone down, but I'm wondering if there is anything that will help t along a little faster?

    I have also turned into a calorie counter trying to burn it off. I eat under 2000 calories a day. From what I have found, to maintain my weight I should be around 3000, to lose, should be 2000.

    Before I start shopping for slim fast icon_razz.gif Wondering if anyone else has any ideas?

    33, 200 lbs, 5'11".

  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 10, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    If you're 5'11, then 200 lbs probably does not equal that huge of a gut. Small guts are much harder to make a dent in.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Apr 10, 2010 6:00 AM GMT
    UGH! I know I have extra skin and it looks like I have a gut and it kills me but yeah just up your cardio it'll help icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 10, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    low calorie diets are not the way to lose guts and maintain muscle.

    Yes you have to consume less than you burn, but assuming that just eating less is the answer is a mistake. You need to think of increasing what your metabolism burns which means (1) exercise and (2) when you eat. If you keep eating small amounts during the whole day your metabolism burns all the time. if you fuel dump 2 or 3 times a day it doesn´t.
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    Apr 10, 2010 8:19 PM GMT

    I'm currently on day 10 (going strictly by the directions) and it's working like a charm!

    Edit: I'm 6'0", 190 lbs.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses. I looked into that product posted, but doesn;t get good reviews icon_razz.gif

    I will just keep plugging away at the cardio, then. The only thing with that, and the reason for the post, is that I did get results after the first few months, then it seemed to stop and hold where it is now icon_razz.gif

    You're right it's not a big gut, but it's enough to make me constantly suck in because everything above and below it is great (to me) lol, and it kind of speads to the love handles.

    The last 2 weeks I actually increased cardio to 6 days. So I have the 3 30 minute anaerobic days, and the 3 60 minute no weight days. Obviously I'm hoping to get rid of this by summer, but what other time frames should i be looking towards? I have been regular working out for about 6 months.

    Thanks again!
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    Sounds like you just needed to bust a plateau.
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    Bringing this back to life cause I'm still fighting with this damned stomach.

    So since May 27 I have dropped 30 pounds doing 4-5 days/week @ gym... 30 minutes cardio, and just exercising on a few machines, 200 crunches/day, I hate them.
    And diet... Fruit for breakfast & snacks throughout the day, salad for lunch, salad & chicken breast for dinner. A couple vitamins to make sure I'm not short changing myself on anything. I've had more energy, my running is much better... that was my biggest concern: passing the beep test on the PREP, failed it once, I'm not a runner, but everything else was good.

    Weight is hanging around 170 now, for about the past month, and I could really care less what the scale says, I just don't want to look at this gut anymore and don't know what else to do to get rid of it. I can see everywhere fat fell off and I'm ecstatic about it... didn't realize how much i had ><

    So any tips for the gut?

    Also... I would like to put some of the weight back on but not as fat. Any tips for that as well... keeping in mind I just dropped 30 pounds and am a little cautious with food. I know eating is a huge thing, but I'm hoping to find other products to supplement my diet with since now I am eating right. Going to look into protein, or whatever others suggest. But what about weights to go along with that?

    Right now I don;t do much... Shoulder press, chest press, seated row, tricep press, & curl. I forget the names of the leg machines... but calves, the one for the back of the leg, front, and inner thigh.

    Before May 27 (when I started the diet), I had been going to the gym 3-4 days/week for 11 months. Didn't drop any weight, but increased my weights a lot over that time. When I started dropping the weight I just wanted to maintain what I had done.

    Looks like a lot of typing... but really hoping for some info, or a point in the right direction. If I could afford a personal trainer I would so be there, but this is the best I can do. I'm pretty serious about putting on some muscle mass & losing the gut, I've been working at this for over a year and just not seeing what I hoped I would, though I am happy with my progress. So any help would be great.


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    Sep 27, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Keep your calories UP. Do HIIT, every day, for a minimum of 12 minutes. It'll come off.