Link27 saidAs you can see, I'm new here but I thought i'd ask some of the more experienced members for some advice. I've started working out about 3 months ago and have finally lost 15 pounds. Not much, but it's a start and I'm eating way better than I used to.
But, I really have an issue with those damn love handles/small stomach area. I've read this is the hardest place to lose weight, and that you can't target certain areas, but are there certain foods to avoid? certain exercises that I should be doing?
I joined a gym a few months ago, but mostly do cardio for an hour a day so far.
Any suggestions would be great.
I'm in a similar situation. Most rational advice I've read/heard is (1) make sure you get adequate sleep (fights stress and levels blood sugar) (2) eat a carb breakfast (not carb loading, but if your going to eat them eat them in the morning) (3) drink lots of water (to help process the fat away) (4) do lots of cardio (not too close to bedtime) (5) avoid sugar and and read food labels to avoid sugar and sweetners (its processed like alcohol and turns to fat) don't look for subs.. just break the addiction (6) fist full of protein in the evening, no carbs (7) no carbs before bedtime
As for what to eat? Lacto Octo Vegetarism without the extremism sounds good but go light on the Lacto, Omega3s sound good in moderation.
I'm struggling with a sustainable meal plan rotation schedule, most people have only 5 or 7 "meals" they regularly eat and trying to fit in what you should be eating versus what you want to be eating.. versus what social norms say is for breakfast, lunch or dinner or in between.. is very very hard.
Cook books and ambivalence about specific recommendations are understandably vague because certain foods come and go out of season, and or aren't available in every part of the country, and or don't fit a particular diet style or life style.. or are so foreign to our palate we just never get use to them or don't even try.
I'd kind of wish that accomplished bodybuilders or fitness models living in various parts of the country could share what their meal plans are for a few weeks or a month along with the time of year.. then we could adapt or get ideas that fit with the region and fitness lifestyle we preferred.. unfortunately I have yet to find such a diet or fitness handbook.