Getting Rid of FAT. Gaining Muscle. Any real Ideas that Have worked for you.

  • ScotXY

    Posts: 117

    Nov 05, 2007 1:15 AM GMT
    I am by far an expert but I have read a lot of books and magazines all talking about this and that. I am not nurotic enough to do Body for Life and just dont Understand ABS Diet.

    I am looking to hear from guys who "ACTUALLY" gotten rid of the fat in healthy manor and kept it off.

    I had a great converstaion with one guy on here who lives in Dallas, did not want to call out his name to respect his prvacy. But the man has the most ideal body I have ever seen on a man. Frankly I may not have genetics like him. I belive I can get close though. And the man has his shit together and was really nice letting me ask him TONS of questions about how he got to where he is now.

    I am seeking help from guys here who have done it from being heavy to thin/fit.

    Let me know.
  • GQjock

    Posts: 11649

    Nov 05, 2007 11:26 AM GMT
    If you've read all the books that are out there most likely you're confused as hell...
    It's fairly simple to get the weight down and to build muscle but it's not easy
    muscle responds to progressive stress>>>>weight training
    and weight loss or fat loss happens through decreasing calories and eating the RIGHT foods
    you don't want to decrease calories too much because that will hinder muscle growth so you have to be smart and eat the right foods
    all the fruits and vegs you want
    limit dairy and processed carbs
    and increase protein
    put yourself on a 4-5 day a week workout schedule
    with cardio on the other 2
    you'll get there just takes time and effort
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    Nov 06, 2007 3:22 PM GMT

    It really does take time and effort! Changes will occur, if you are persistent. Probably the dramatic results that are sought out won't occur, even within the first few months, but hang in there. icon_wink.gif

    You reap what you sow. Sow well! Add extra fertilizer [ protein, veggies, limited complex carbs, etc.] and take the effort to do some extra tilling [go out of your comfort zone and use extra weights/perform a couple extra reps]!

    Hehe...I like to garden, if you couldn't tell through my analogy. icon_biggrin.gif

    I wish you the best. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 06, 2007 6:26 PM GMT
    Neither Body for Life nor the Abs Diet are easy to follow, especially if you're used to a diet of fast food, sweets, etc. They both spell structured guidelines on what to eat and when. However I think integrating either one of these diets into your daily routine is less cumbersome than a more extreme fad diet.

    I'd hardly consider the Body for Life routine neurotic. The Abs diet is simple enough; you mainly need to make sure most of what you eat comes from the 12 power foods, which means lots of veggies and fruit, healthy fats, lean proteins, etc. Both teach how to eat healthful foods in a pattern that you can follow for the rest of your life, and both make exceptions for an occasional unhealthy meal.

    I went from 210lbs (on a 6' frame) down to 160lbs a few years ago, thanks to extreme dieting and cardio, and still wasn't happy with my body. Since then I've shifted my focus to eating healthy foods in larger quantities (though I'm not on the Abs Diet, much of my food still falls into the powerfoods category) and putting serious intensity into my weight training, while cutting back on the cardio. I'm back up to 180lbs, but this time it's mostly muscle. (I need to post some updated shots!)

    Getting your body in great shape isn't easy, and takes a serious life-changing dedication to a new way of eating, and a new dedication to physical activity.

    For the first time I'm happy with my body, but it took getting into the gym and kicking my ass while avoiding fast food and refined carbs. It had to become a routine way of life before I saw the results I wanted, not something that I'd fit in when I had the time and motivation.

    Good luck!
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13999

    Nov 07, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    Try looking into what body type you are and adjusting your diet and exercise routine accordingly.