My gut is pissing me off

  • manpit209

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    May 28, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    I'm getting frustrated with having a gut. The fat around there is so annoying. I really want to lose the fat there. I know that you can't target a specific area to lose weight. You have to lose the weight overall. I'm just curious about how you guys do it. How do you guys shed the fat around your midsection.

    The thing with me is that I'm 5'7" and weigh around 155 lbs. Unfortunately that's not all muscle. It's fat and muscle. I'd like to stay around 155 lbs but convert the fat into muscle. It's really frustrating because the less fat you have to lose, the harder it is to get rid of it.

    I'm also eating cleanly so I think the only thing I can probably do is just increase the intensity of my workouts. Thanks in advance for any tips you guys might have.
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    May 29, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    It takes longer to build muscle than to burn fat. Don't try to force the fat off too fast, just let it naturally fade away as the muscles build in size to replace the fat. It's a long process when you burn fat at the same rate as building muscle.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 29, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    Forget all that stuff about crunches and exercising. 80% of your body habitus is diet. 10% is excercise, and 10% is genetics. (from some knoe it all chic on tv recently). Stop eating so much! From another source, on tv, a 20 mile marathon burns off 1/2 pound of fat. Get your jaw wired shut. People with mandible fractures lose a lot of weight. One would think.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 29, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    and my fat is pissing me off too, in case you were wondering. Until 6 months ago, I had washboard abs. Not so much now!
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    May 29, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    Lol, you don't sound bitter at all. icon_lol.gif


    As for losing fat, fat doesn't actually turn into muscle. However, given regular exercise and proper supplementation, your body will convert fat into energy. If you can burn 3500 calories a week, either through diet restriction or exercise, then you can/will lose 1-2 lbs of fat a week.

    Of course the fat loss won't be just from your abs but if you stick with it for a couple of months you should be able to trim down your gut.
  • manpit209

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    May 29, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    Dragoonxi saidLol, you don't sound bitter at all. icon_lol.gif


    As for losing fat, fat doesn't actually turn into muscle. However, given regular exercise and proper supplementation, your body will convert fat into energy. If you can burn 3500 calories a week, either through diet restriction or exercise, then you can/will lose 1-2 lbs of fat a week.

    Of course the fat loss won't be just from your abs but if you stick with it for a couple of months you should be able to trim down your gut.


    I think I need to get something to count my calories because I'm not sure if I burn anywhere near 3,500 calories...

    Thanks for the info though!
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    May 29, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    I got the best info for you. Before I was a fat ass and most of it concentrated around the stomach. I lost it by running in place. I got rid of it in 3 months. I ran in place for 15 mins a day every day in my house. The point of running in place is to try to kick your knees as high as possible. Believe it or not you are working your stomach more than anything else and the fat goes right off. You got to keep on doing it though every day as you won't see any results until about 2 weeks into it.
  • manpit209

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    May 29, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    I've been doing elliptical because of the benefits for my joints. Running jacked up my joints and lower back. Maybe I'll try to do running in place. You only did it for 15 minutes a day?
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    May 29, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidI got the best info for you. Before I was a fat ass and most of it concentrated around the stomach. I lost it by running in place. I got rid of it in 3 months. I ran in place for 15 mins a day every day in my house. The point of running in place is to try to kick your knees as high as possible. Believe it or not you are working your stomach more than anything else and the fat goes right off. You got to keep on doing it though every day as you won't see any results until about 2 weeks into it.


    OMG! I did the same thing when I was attending High School! Except I did it for about 30-45 minutes. o.O I got rid of it in 1-1.5 months. Youth....



    Edit: I also did jumping jacks and some sit-ups.
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    May 29, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Yes, and you look like an idiot doing it so i did it at home. i set a mirror in front of me and watched my jelly fat burn off. I played loud music so that I would be motivated. If you don't believe me, i got my mum to lose 15 pds also doing nothing but this...
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    May 29, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    Get a good pair of running flats from your local running shoe store and run outdoors. Its not how fast you can run. Listen to your body and try to put in at least 20 mins per run and keep increasing time and pace as you see fit. This will prevent any unwanted injuries. And yes, DIET is key. Cut down entirely sugar, salt, bad fats, bad carbs .... drink water, eat your vegs, omega 3, lean meat, good carbs, good fats .... in other words, try Paleo diet. Exercising and dieting goes hand in hand.

    Good luck.

    p/s I don't always have a 2 or 4 or 6 packs abs .... until I do endurance sports training and lately crossfit entirely changed my body. My upper body is getting leaner and meaner now -- which was not one of my main goals but I will take the result. In other words, you have to commit to change your eating lifestyle and exercise lifestyle. Whatever you do, make it fun.

    Again, good luck ....

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    May 29, 2010 12:06 PM GMT
    manpit209 saidI've been doing elliptical because of the benefits for my joints. Running jacked up my joints and lower back. Maybe I'll try to do running in place. You only did it for 15 minutes a day?

    Have you considered 'High Intensity Interval Training'?
    Works like a charm...
    Also in between sets of your weight workouts, skip rope for thirty to 40 seconds then go on to the next weight exercise...
    also consider a 'Full Body ' weight workout..
    Do you squat and/or Deadlift?
    Lots of effective options....consider hiring a Trainer..
  • manpit209

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    May 30, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    vanfreak said
    manpit209 saidI've been doing elliptical because of the benefits for my joints. Running jacked up my joints and lower back. Maybe I'll try to do running in place. You only did it for 15 minutes a day?

    Have you considered 'High Intensity Interval Training'?
    Works like a charm...
    Also in between sets of your weight workouts, skip rope for thirty to 40 seconds then go on to the next weight exercise...
    also consider a 'Full Body ' weight workout..
    Do you squat and/or Deadlift?
    Lots of effective options....consider hiring a Trainer..


    I do HIIT whenever I can. I honestly don't know if I'm gauging my HIIT correctly. By that I mean when I'm doing the high intensity part, maybe I'm not going intense enough.

    I'll have to look for a full body weight workout. I'm doing either circuits or isolated muscle groups. My routine right now is isolated muscle group. Maybe it'd be a good idea to switch to circuit again.

    I also do squats but not with very heavy weight. I don't do deadlifts but I'll have to look into that.

    I have thought about getting a PT but don't really have the money to do so right now.
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    May 30, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
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    Aggieboy saidI got the best info for you. Before I was a fat ass and most of it concentrated around the stomach. I lost it by running in place. I got rid of it in 3 months. I ran in place for 15 mins a day every day in my house. The point of running in place is to try to kick your knees as high as possible. Believe it or not you are working your stomach more than anything else and the fat goes right off. You got to keep on doing it though every day as you won't see any results until about 2 weeks into it.


    OMG! I did the same thing when I was attending High School! Except I did it for about 30-45 minutes. o.O I got rid of it in 1-1.5 months. Youth....



    Edit: I also did jumping jacks and some sit-ups.



    LOL yup. I could make a fortune if I were to advertise this..