Ready to give up

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    Dec 10, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    Had the inlaws over at the house and my father in-law says to me 'Are you still going to the gym because you are looking budgey...

    And I would agree. I work out 4-5 days a week and I just don't seem to be seeing the results I want.

    I've asked for advise on this site before but with little to no responses. icon_twisted.gif

    With Christmas around the corner I know my diet is about to take a hit.

    So let me ask, if I have a relatively clean diet, workout regularly and still don't loose weight or gain muscle what should I be doing? Go to my doctor, throw out my supplemens and start over? What?
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    Dec 11, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    How long have you been working out 4-5 days?

    What do you do while working out?

    Loosing body fat is not easy. The best way I know of is consistent cardiovascular exercise.
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    Dec 11, 2007 1:36 AM GMT
    Hey there, Alec, I can tell you what my trainer told me: it's really hard to both lose weight AND gain muscle simultaneously. He and I decided that we'd focus on the latter--I aimed for 2500 calories/day, and my trainer put me on a weight-training plan. He taught me how to lift properly, and I learned by working with him exactly how much I could push the weight. Upshot, in six months I put inches on my arms and chest, and took inches off my waist. Don't know if you can afford a trainer, but if you find a good one, it makes all the difference in the world. Good luck, and happy holidays!
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    Dec 12, 2007 12:54 PM GMT
    Depends on what you actually do at the gym icon_smile.gif

    Do you do cardio, or intervals? Intervals are agreed upon as far better, so if you're just running for 20 minutes I would switch it to an interval program.

    Also, what is a "relatively clean" diet? Are you getting enough protein? Do you eat white starches? I would suggest whey protein shakes if you don't have them already, and so far creatine is beefing me up, although who knows what it's doing to my liver.

    How long have you been working out? It's taken me about a year and a half of trial and error to find a good training program that works, and I'm just now seeing 6 abs...if it hasn't been very long, just keep at it and wait for your results. Look at fitness magazines for inspiration--the hot ones like Men's Health, not the monstrosity ones.

    Be patient, bud, and see what works for you. Some things you'll find work better for you personally...I found that even though the Abs Diet told me to alternate ab groups daily, my abs are so stubborn that i have to work them all every day. If your body's being a bitch with you, just do as much as it takes and it will submit.
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    Dec 12, 2007 1:01 PM GMT

    Creatine isn't hurting your liver -

    And abs are like any other muscle - capable of being overtrained - if they are "stubborn" I suspect you mean you don't see them as well as you'd like - and that's a nutrition issue.


    Shoot me a note via out website and I'll try to point you in a good direction....

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    Dec 17, 2007 5:32 AM GMT
    Hey man don't get discouraged.... It's always amazing to me how some people have no concept of decorum...Somehow I doubt your father-in-law looks like Rusty Joiner so he likely shouldn't be talking.icon_twisted.gif

    Are you competitive at all? My recommendation would be to gather up a few buds and goad them into registering for a half marathon or maybe a sprint or olympic tri. Maybe an adventure race? Really anything that gets the competitive juices flowing. And running (more cardio) seems to be one of the best ways to slim down a little...

    I've found that I really have to kick my ass to see results and it's far easier for me if I have a 'real' goal. I can't just religiously go to the gym chasing the next lower pants just doesn't work for me.

    However, spending 100 bucks on a registration fee and then knowing you have to put in training time along with the accountability of your fellow friends that are doing it too really makes it easier.

    Hope this helps a little.... Chin-up.