How to get rid of gut after loosing alotta weight?

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    Aug 30, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    Hi guys, I'm hoping to get advise on how to shrink my tummy... I lost a bit over 60 lbs over the past 3 years. I am proud of achieving my goal and looking good, but I not yet completely satisfied. I still have a rather big ol gut when I sit down/ lay down. How do I get rid of this? Is it possible?

    I am active just about everyday. I switch between cardio and weights during the week. A tech at the gym actually suggested I calm down on cardio(my legs are beast!) which leaves me wondering how I can loose weight without cardio.
    I have also started working my core at the gym using their machines. I'm considering joining an abs class of some sort. However, I also read that there really isnt a point to work your abs until you loose all your belly fat and see your core or else your just adding to your stomachs massicon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Congrats on losing the 60+ lbs!!

    Usually reducing abdominal fat is largely a matter of diet, but in the case of your weight loss, I am not sure. There are other guys on this site who have done this as well, and they may be more qualified to say something.

    I just wanted to congratulate you on the weight loss.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    You have to be really lean if you want to see your abs. I lost about 8 pounds since I started cutting and I'm still not even close to seeing mine. What is your diet like? I say start reducing your carbs (don't cut them out completely or else your workouts will suffer) until you get to your desired weight and continue to do resistance training. Cardio really isn't necessary if you have a good diet, but you could continue to do it if you enjoy it. Genetics can also play a role in how much belly fat you have. I've seen people with a higher body fat percentage than me that have visible abs.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 31, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    If you've got some flab and sagging happening, I'd suggest upping your intake of omega fatty acids (you can get a 3-6-9 supplement) and try using some skin firming skin cream to help your skin bounce back.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Take a look at is thread. If it's excess skin it may go away with time.

    If it's fat, ya just gotta keep plugging away. I would say focus on the strength training and diet, and cut back on the cardio. You just need to create a moderate caloric deficit and keep at it. Too much cardio can be counterproductive.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 02, 2012 12:28 AM GMT

    I've lost about 110 pounds, myself, and since I was in my mid-30s before I even started the weight loss, I had been too heavy for too long for all that skin to go away. It just wasn't, and never would. So, I had an abdominoplasty - cut it all off. Doctor took over 5 pounds of skin off of me; that wasn't just going to reabsorb itself.

    Some of it will shrink over time, but it really depends on how long you were heavy, how many times you yo-yoed with your weight (stretching it out back and forth), your age (you're pretty young, so you have a better shot than I did!), and so on.
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    Sep 10, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    Wow, thanks for the great feedback! I appreciate the congratulations, I look so different from 3 years ago even I'm shocked to see old pics of myself. Good job torrentprime, that's amazing! Is the surgery expensive, painful, convenient?

    Diet wise, I haven't been acknowledging the nutrition facts until recently. I am conscious of what is good for you, and what is bad. I'm also guilty of drinking a lottt this summer, and I know that is bad news but how do all these other hot guys that go out retain perfect bodies?icon_lol.gif

    Thanks Timbales for the suggestion, I will look further into omega fatty acids ..but for the skin firm lotion, does that really work? Again, thanks all for the info...sry for the late response hope this reaches ya! =)
  • FireDoor211

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    Sep 10, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    One thing to consider in losing excess belly fat is your stress/anxiety levels. When the body becomes stressed it releases adrenaline, and if it's not used or burned off trough physical activity it causes the body to build up fat in the belly area for the next available adrenaline dump. A gut is common in people who lead particularly stressful lives. I have terrible anxiety and though I have some abs showing on the sides I still have a bit of a belly in the front . I'm not sure it'll ever go away, but I still keep at it anyway. Exercise is good for you anyway right?
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    Sep 10, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    Congratulations on shedding so much weight.

    I've had the same situation after losing over 140lbs. Clean eating, strength training and consistant cardio (HIIT and Plyometric circuits) have enabled me to keep the weight off and to improve my overall health and appearance, but the stomach/gut has been tough to lose.

    What finally seems to be working are drills doing balls-to-the-wall sprints while focusing on engaging the core.

    It took a while to get the sprints down, and then to tighten the core at the same time, but I can say that I'm finally feeling and seeing some results.

    When you're doing it correctly, you'll feel a surge in the transfer of energy and you'll find yourself getting faster and hopefully leaner. I don't know if this will address all of my extra baggage, but I'm going to keep plugging away at it.

    Good luck.