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ice91w -

A. losing 1-3lbs per week has been substantiated and proven by the ACSM (the only nationally accredited association)
B. I want to see before and after pics of your weight loss with printed dates on the pics before i believe you.
C. Elevated levels of salt intake have been proven to increase risk of coronary heart disease so that is not an opinion.
D. Anyone can get a GED. It requires no application in the levels of higher learning. Usually people get a GED because they dropped out of high school.
E. It doesn't make me better than you, but you need to understand that spouting out false information like that doesn't help the situation.
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eat protein w/ every meal. This fills in for fat and carbs. the best thing to eat is chicken or take protein shakes. this will help you build lean body mass and will help you burn away the fat.
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Originally Posted by civicdude
That is excellent advice too. As far as the Tae Bo goes, do you do that tapes or do you take a class?
No time for classes or gym for me, i work to damn much and i work hard too. I have the tapes plus i have other cardio kick boxing and stuff like that. They can be tough at first, but after a week or so, it will get easier. To burn fat, you should do around 30-45 min of cardio 3 times a wk.

To burn fat, you need to elevate your heartrate for at least 20 min.......30 is better. Invest in a heart rate monitor to track your progress. Doing cardio for 30 min, your heart rate should be in the 70-75% of your max heart rate. Take 220 minus your age to find your max heart rate. Say you are 20.......220 - 200 = 200. 200 is 100% of your max heart rate. Therefore, you should maintain a heartrate of 140 - 150. Once you get into better shape, you can up it to 75 - 80%.


Try different forms of exercise to keep things interesting and not boring. You and your wife and go biking, hiking or go play a game of basketball.
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Thanks for the advice everyone.....
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dont start doing weights till u have lost the fat u want.

i say buy some good running shoes...and run like hell
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Originally Posted by Civic_Racer9
dont start doing weights till u have lost the fat u want.
Please explain why you have this "theory".
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Originally Posted by CarbonFly
Please explain why you have this "theory".
yea that's the worst advice one could give.. weight training will speed up fat loss, and let the mirror be your judge, not the scale. A person could lose 10lbs of fat, but gain 20lbs of muscle - the scale will say he/she now weighs 10lbs heavier, but he/she will look A LOT better
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yes, and correct me if im wrong, but weight training will give you more stamina and strength so that you can do the cardio and more aerobic excercises longer. or am i wrong?

its really all about balance. you dont want to just do aerobic or just do weight training. you want to do a bit of both. you burn more energy by getting your heart rate up, i think the ideal goal is something like 20 or 30 minutes of elevated heart rate? get a good sweat going, thats a good sign. weights and strength training is to build muscle.

aerobic gets you trim and cut, weights gets you to build muscle mass. correct me if im wrong again. and to get the best results, eat a healthy diet. lots of veggies and fruits, protein, carbs, dont cut out fats. balance.

oh, and i totally agree w/ noise and carbon.
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Basically it boils down to metabolism. Resistance training, especially in the legs tremendously increases your metabolism. Calorie burn is the key to losing weight.

BTW, you don't burn fat cells. The fat cells actually just get smaller in size. So when its all said and done you actually still have the same amount of fat, it is just smaller. This is why scientists are starting to consider "fat" to be another organ of the body.
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Green tea aids in metabolism, eating small meals helps shrink your stomach so you don't need as much to eat. Whole grains fill you up faster and never eat before bedtime as stated before, your metabolism is much slower when your sleeping. Juice is not good, to much sugar. Go out run, jog, walk, bike whatever you can do, it isn't all about the distance or how hard your working, you kinda want a mix of both. First yr of college i have gained pretty much 20lbs and i am on a mission to lose as well. Good luck. My regime is gonna consist of weights 4 times a week until i start getting a little stronger and want to start lifting to get bigger. And i will be doing abs and cardio everyday. Never been this heavy before either, i am used to swimming 7 hrs a day and staying in great shape. Smoking and laziness has gotten the better of me. Just be focused, and if you lose more than 3lbs in a week, that would be water weight.
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Tristan and noise have given a lot of good info.

It is going to come down to a lifestyle change. If your wife isn't on board, then it might be harder to do. You have to take care of yourself though.

Like Tristan said 6-8 meals a day, with good portion sizes. Start weighing or measuring how much food you are consuming. Most people don't realize how much they are eating or what types of portions they are eating.

Look for food cues. What types of situations or cues make you want to eat? Do you eat when bored? are you a social eater? Start to notice these and modify them.

Get more exercise. I know the recommended guidelines are 30 min a day, but that is just for health, not necessarily for weight loss. You might have to start doing more.

Again, like tristan said, muscles help burn more calories. Use them. You sit in a cube all day doing nothing. Get some ankle weights and pick up your legs until they burn! Or lift some light weights. Even lifting "like the girls" will help maintain muscle mass and even gain some. You don't have to lift like Noise or Tristan!

It is going to come down to will power and making a change you can live with. We aren't saying cut all your junk food out but have the power to control what you and not let food control you.
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Originally Posted by robbclark1

Like Tristan said 6-8 meals a day, with good portion sizes. Start weighing or measuring how much food you are consuming. Most people don't realize how much they are eating or what types of portions they are eating.

I wish it was that easy. I work 9-10 hrs a day and get a 30 min break at lunch time. So, my lunch isn't a small portion, but consist of mainly fruit.
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Originally Posted by civic01vtec
I wish it was that easy. I work 9-10 hrs a day and get a 30 min break at lunch time. So, my lunch isn't a small portion, but consist of mainly fruit.
yea that's the worst part about having a fulltime job, often you don't get enough brakes to eat every 2 hrs..

I'm starting my summer job tomorrow, and all I'll have time for is breakfast at 8am, then lunch at 12, and then there's no food until I get home at 5:30-6pm, because I'll be working the whole time and won't be getting much time to sit on my ***.

But if your job allows, def. try and eat something light every 2 hrs, make it a habit, and you'll start seeing results. Believe it or not, adjusting your diet alone can make a big impact
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Originally Posted by southpasdena
never eat before bedtime as stated before, your metabolism is much slower when your sleeping
never eating before bedtime is a sure way to muscle loss... your body goes into catabolic state during sleep, so eating a slow-digesting protein (like cottage cheese for example) is absolutely necessary. Even a slow digesting carb is good if you're gonna be active in the morning (working out, doing cardio, etc.). Remember, food doesn't magically turn into fat overnight, it's excessive calories for a prolonged period of time that makes a person fatter.
Smoking and laziness has gotten the better of me.
yea, smoking supresses appetite.. no good if you're trying to gain muscle / lose fat
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be a vegetarian, or if possible a vegan. if you can successfully be a vegan it's almost impossible to be fat unless you make a concious effort to be so. i recently became vegetarian (in february) and have lost ten pounds. that may not seem like a lot but i didn't have much weight to lose, and i wasn't looking to lose weight so it was a nice surprise. Another added benefit is that it's better for the environment, and seeing as how we all own civics, and fuel efficiency is often a reason for that, vegetarianism is another easy way to help make human life sustainable. or don't. it's hard to give up meat, took me 21 years, but i feel much better, both physically and morally. yay.
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don't really feel like reading all the other replys, but here's my advise

eat alot of rice, it fills you up and you won't be hungry for a while

i eat a bowl of terriyaki chicken almost every day with rice, fills me up, one meal a day some days

lost some poundage on the Kyoto Express (local Japanese restaurant) diet I guess you could say
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You need to lift weights... build more muscle = more calories burned. My first semester in college I lost 50 pounds. Just try to eat good food and work out to gain muscle. Trust me man, once you start losing it will be easy for you to continue. Think of it this way....if you have more muscle your body is going to burn more calories just living through your everyday life. Good luck.. YOU CAN DO IT!
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less than 1400 calories a day. running whatever you can will help lose weight and curb your appetite.
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Swim everyday like i used to and consumer 5 or 6,000 calories a day, it is so wonderful to be able to eat and eat and know you still look good
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less than 1400 calories a day. running whatever you can will help lose weight and curb your appetite.
If you dropped to less than 1400 a day your metabolism will die. You will stop losing weight.
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101 Ways to Lose Your Gut
Spend more of each day burning fat than you do storing it, and over time, you'll bury your belly forever.

By Adam Campbell and Brian Good


The average man's body houses 43.2 pounds of fat. And at any one moment, that number is either increasing or decreasing—it's never stagnant. Spend more of each day burning fat than you do storing it, and over time, you'll bury your belly forever. Sound simple? It is. You see, there's no single secret formula for losing fat. In fact, find 100 successful losers and they'll give you 100 different ways to win the battle of the bulge. But we did them one better. On the following pages, you'll find 101 tips designed to help you lose your love handles, bust your gut, and define your abs. Simply incorporate three or four into your life every day, and you'll finish off your fat easier and faster than you ever imagined possible.

Eat more protein.
About 25%-30% of the calories in each gram of protein are burned in digestion, compared to only 6%-8% of the calories in carbs. Do the math: You save 41 calories every time you substitute 50 grams of protein for an equal amount of carbs.

Read labels.
Avoid foods with "high-fructose corn syrup" in the ingredients list. Since 1971, consumption of this sugar substitute—which is used to sweeten soda, commercial baked goods, and even condiments—has increased more than 350% in the U.S., paralleling the rise in obesity.

Get off your ***.
Do every exercise standing instead of sitting. "You'll expend up to 30% more calories," says Joe Stankowski, C.P.T. The solution for the bench press? Dips.

Mix up your movements.
When you lift, perform supersets in which you alternate between sets of lower-body and upper-body exercises. That way, your lower body rests while your upper body is working. "This allows you to work your muscles maximally with very little downtime between sets for a faster, more effective workout," says Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S.

Exercise blind.
When you're using the elliptical trainer, try letting go of the handles and closing your eyes. (Be careful!) Without the visual feedback, your core muscles will have to work harder to keep you balanced, burning more calories.

Embrace yardwork.
View any type of physical activity—even those you try to avoid, such as mowing the lawn—as a chance to burn fat and condition your body. (Just make sure you use a push mower.)

Snack on dill pickles.
They have one calorie per slice.

Take larger steps.
When using the stair climber, skip one out of every five steps. Then take one large step to get back to your normal walking pattern. This step recruits additional muscle, upping fat loss, says Cameron McGarr, C.S.C.S.

Rent motivation.
Once a week, watch a movie that inspires you to exercise. Examples: Rocky (for the gym), American Flyers (for cycling), Hoosiers (for team sports), and Chariots of Fire and Without Limits (both for running).

Break a record.
Challenge yourself to run farther in the same amount of time—even if it's just one-tenth of a mile—every single workout. This ensures you're always burning more calories from one workout to the next.

Smash your dinner plates.
And buy smaller ones. That way, even if you fill your plate to capacity, you're ultimately eating less than what you would likely pile on your existing platters.

Cut carbs.
Yes, you've heard it a zillion times. The reason: It works. In just one of many recent studies, a Journal of Nutrition report found that men who reduced their carb intake to just 8% of their daily calories lost seven pounds of fat and gained two pounds of muscle in six weeks.

Lift first, then run.
By doing cardio after you've lifted—when you're already tired—the same speed or intensity will have a greater effect than had you done it beforehand, says McGarr.

Change directions.
Try this interval-training trick on the elliptical trainer: Ride for 30 seconds as fast as you can, then immediately reverse your direction and ride for 30 additional seconds just as fast in the opposite direction. Rest 60 seconds and repeat. The force of stopping your momentum, as well as going from a dead stop to full speed twice in the same interval, will give your fat-burning efforts a massive boost, says MF training adviser Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.

Fill up on high-fiber foods.
Consider them "good carbs." Their bulk takes up space in your stomach, helping you feel full and eat less. The top fiber food: beans, which contain 8 grams per 1/2 cup. Research shows that guys who added 12 grams of fiber a day to their diet lost a quarter of an inch from their love handles, without otherwise modifying their diet.

Top your salad with vinaigrette dressing.
Studies show that acidic foods such as vinegar and lemon juice work like lighter fluid in your body's fat incinerator, increasing carb combustion 20%-40%. Researchers believe the acids blunt insulin spikes and slow the rate at which food empties from your stomach. Fermented foods like pickles and yogurt are also good sour options.

Don't skip meals.
Not eating for long periods of time puts your body into a catabolic state, meaning it starts to break down muscle tissue for energy— and conserves fat.

Try the VersaClimber.
The more vertical you are when doing cardio, the more calories you burn.

Don't be a couch potato.
If you're a TV junkie, add up the number of hours you watch right now, and cut out all reruns—even if there's an episode of Seinfeld on you've never seen. Spend the time you save on your feet: outdoors or in the gym.

Hit the weights.
If you're lazy, it's not as bad as you think—just 10 minutes a day of lifting, three days a week, will help. Harvard research shows that 30 minutes of weight training per week has a greater reduction on waist size than almost any other variable.

Pass on the potatoes.
In any form—mashed and baked, as well as French fries and potato chips. They raise levels of insulin in the blood, triggering your body to stop burning—and start storing—fat. (Sweet potatoes are acceptable; they have more nutrients and fiber.)

Eat your biggest meal of the day after you lift.
It takes calories to digest food. And researchers at the University of Nevada found that it takes 73% more calories to process that food after a weight-training session than if you hadn't worked out at all.

Chug H20 before a meal.
The water will take up room in your stomach, making you feel more full and reducing your appetite, says Christopher Mohr, M.S., R.D.

Request substitutions.
Any time your restaurant entree comes with a side of pasta, potatoes, or rice, ask for vegetables instead, says Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D. (Your server will be more than happy to accommodate you.)

Join a league.
That is, sign up for a sport such as softball, soccer, or even kickball. It'll automatically schedule exercise sessions into your week, and because you're part of a team, you'll have peer pressure that'll ensure you keep showing up.

Break between scoops.
That is, if you can't live without ice cream, cake, or other calorie-laden desserts, go ahead and have one scoop (about 1/2 cup) or one small slice. Then, if you still want more, wait 20 minutes. Typically, you'll find that while you wait, hormones kick in and trigger a feeling of fullness, reducing desire for that second serving.

Brush your teeth more often.
In a recent Japanese study of 14,000 people, researchers found that men who brushed their teeth frequently were leaner than men who did not. Thank that minty-fresh flavor, which may make you less likely to snack between meals.

Eat an unbalanced diet.
"By cycling your calorie intake so that you eat less calories one day and more the next, you'll keep your metabolism on its toes," says Volek. And that'll ensure you keep burning fat at a high rate. The key: Shoot for an average of 2,000 calories a day over a week's time.

Dial up an incline.
When you run outside, you apply force to the ground and propel your body weight forward all by yourself. When you run on a treadmill, the belt helps you. To counteract this, always walk or run on at least a 1% incline, the treadmill grade an English study found is nearly equivalent to outside running.

Stick to no-calorie drinks.
That means coffee, tea, diet soda, mixes such as Crystal Light and, of course, water.

Have breakfast every day.
Research from Harvard and Boston's Children's Hospital shows that obesity rates are 35%-50% lower in people who eat breakfast regularly, compared with folks who don't. Nutritionists believe a.m. meals help regulate insulin levels and hunger, so you're less likely to overeat throughout the reminder of the day.

Avoid foods that come in a bag or box.
Typically, these are highly processed carbs—foods that quickly raise blood-sugar levels and shut down your body's ability to burn fat.

Snack between meals.
This not only keeps you from being ravenous—and overeating—at lunch and dinner, it forces your body to process food all day long, which keeps your metabolism stoked.

Buy a TiVo.
And only watch the shows you record. By fast-forwarding through the commercials, and watching only the shows you care enough to set a season pass for, you can cut your TV viewing—and the amount of time you spend on the couch—by more than a third.

Load up on yogurt.
When researchers at the University of Tennessee put a group of volunteers on one of two diets—one high in calcium and one not—and cut each group's calorie intake by 500 calories, they found that the people getting calcium lost twice as much weight (an average of 13 pounds) compared with people on the standard diet. Study author Michael Zemel, Ph.D., believes extra calcium helps the body burn more—and store less—fat.

Order appetizers.
And avoid the bread bowl at all costs. If you're ravenous when you sit down to eat at a restaurant, immediately order a side salad, or a meat- or vegetable-only appetizer, rather than be tempted by these bottomless —and fattening—freebies.

Pop peanuts.
Nuts have a very high satiety power—meaning they make you feel fuller after eating than many other foods. And even though they're high in calories, those calories appear to be processed differently in the body. University of Michigan researchers found that men who added 500 calories' worth of peanuts a day to their diet gained no excess weight at all.

Track your calories.
You could do it in a journal, but we know that's never going to happen. Instead, do it on the Web, at a site like fitday.com. Just create a free account, plug in the amounts of food you're eating throughout the day, and let the software tell you exactly how good—or bad—you're being.

Do sprint intervals.
Interspersing short, all-out sprints with brief periods of rest is the most effective form of cardio for fat loss, says Stankowski. Try a 2-to-1 "work-to-rest" ratio. That is, sprint two times longer than you rest. So if you run a 150-yard sprint—a good distance to start with—in 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then repeat 3-7 times.

Check your mood.
The desire to snack may not be due to hunger at all, but rather the result of loneliness, depression, or anxiety. "Emotional eating is at the core of bad eating choices," says N.Y.C. psychotherapist Elizabeth Fagan, C.S.W. If you often find yourself eating when you feel down, or if you feel happier after a meal, that may signify a problem.

Shop for one.
If you have to buy cookies, chips, or other processed junk foods, buy the single-serving package—rather than the large, family-style bag. That way, when you eat the whole package—and let's be honest, you know you will—you'll at last have done a lot less damage to your waistline.

Find inspiration.
Take a digital picture of yourself, shirtless, in all your fat, naked splendor. Then use a photo-editing program on your computer to erase your love handles and create your own digital "after" shot. (You can also take a Polaroid of yourself in front of a black background and use a Magic Marker to thin down your waist.) Post the pictures somewhere you'll see them often, like on the fridge or in your office at work.

Go the distance.
Perform intervals for a designated distance rather than a designated time. Otherwise, you'll be running shorter sprints as you get tired, reducing the number of calories you burn, says McGarr.

Cheat once a week.
Use the meal as a reward for a week's worth of hard work, or the completion of a project you've been dreading. "It's OK for people to blow one meal a week without feeling guilty," says James W. Anderson, M.D., director of the Metabolic Research Group at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. "If you follow a healthy diet 95% of the time, you can relax and enjoy yourself the other 5% of the time without gaining weight," he says.

Row to the sky.
Every time you complete 10 reps on the rowing machine, lift the handles straight up over your head—without bending your elbows—for two consecutive repetitions before returning to normal rowing form. This works your shoulders and back harder, as well as your legs, since they have to produce more power in order to give you the momentum to perform the move, says McGarr.

Avoid white bread.
When Tufts University researchers studied the waistlines and diets of 459 people, they found that even in men of similar age and activity level, those who ate white bread frequently weighed more than those who didn't. "The calories from white bread and refined grains just seem to settle at the waistline more than calories from other foods," says Katherine Tucker, Ph.D., the study author.

Keep an eye on portion sizes.
"Most people who have been lean their whole lives have a much better understanding of proper portion size than people who are overweight," says Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. "If they go out to eat, they're much more likely to ask for a doggie bag right away or to leave food on their plate rather than cleaning it up," she says.

Never forbid yourself a favorite food.
Here's a shocker: When a group of U.K. researchers told 30 women to avoid chocolate, then packed them into a room filled with the stuff, the women were much more likely to sneak a bite than individuals who hadn't been given the order. Blame the allure of the forbidden: The more you tell yourself you can't eat something you love, the more you're going to want it.

Outdo yourself.
When you exercise on the rowing machine, try this interval workout: Row for 60 seconds, note the distance on the machine, then rest 60 seconds. Repeat, only this time, row for 55 seconds and try to match or better your distance from the first time. Rest 55 seconds, then repeat, reducing the time to 50 seconds. Continue until you can't beat your original distance.

Sneak extra activity into your day.
Pace around your office while talking on the phone; run into the bank to cash your check instead of using the drive-thru. When researchers at the Mayo Clinic fed a group of volunteers an extra 1,000 calories a day over the course of eight weeks, they found sedentary individuals gained eight times more weight than those who fidgeted a lot during the day.

Turn off The Late Show after the monologue.
Or give up the morning visit with Matt and Katie—whatever it takes to grab a few more minutes of sleep each day. When researchers at the University of Chicago studied men who were sleep-deprived, they found that after just a few days, their bodies had a much harder time processing glucose in the blood—a problem common in overweight diabetics. When the individuals returned to a more normal seven to eight hours of sleep a night, however, their metabolisms returned to normal.

Buy some new blinds.
And maybe a new mattress, because it's not just the amount of time you spend sleeping that keeps you lean, it's also the quality of your sleep. Fat cells in your body produce a hormone called leptin that helps the body keep track of how much potential energy (i.e. fat) it has stored. But leptin is only produced during certain stages of sleep. Miss out on those stages because you're not resting soundly enough, and you'll disturb levels of the hormone, leaving your body with no real idea of its energy reserves. Consequently, you'll end up storing calories rather than burning them.

Don't starve yourself.
"Under normal conditions, humans absorb only about 80% of the nutrients from the food they eat," says A. Roberto Frisancho, Ph.D., a weight-loss researcher at the University of Michigan. But, he says, when the body is deprived of nourishment, it becomes a super-efficient machine, pulling what nutrients it can from whatever food is consumed. Start eating again normally and your body may not catch up; instead it will continue to store food as fat.

Eat more slowly.
"It can take 12 minutes or longer for the signal that you've started to eat to make its way to your brain," says Mark S. Gold, M.D., of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Quick tips: Sip some water between every bite of food you eat, or at least eat more meals with friends or family members. You'll be more likely to talk and therefore to eat more slowly.

Floss twice a day.
When researchers in Brazil studied 13,000 people over a three-year period, they found that men with the highest levels of inflammatory agents in their body were also the most likely to gain weight. And periodontal disease, which is caused by poor oral health care, is one of the most common sources of inflammation. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and making regular trips to the dentist are the best ways to prevent the disease. Hate flossing? Studies show that a dose of Listerine may be just as effective at reducing levels of inflammatory bacteria within the mouth.

Step on the scale at least once a day.
"If there's one thing that comes up over and over with the thousands of patients enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry, it's weighing yourself every day on a scale," says Rena Wing, Ph.D., founder of the registry, which tracks more than 4,500 men and women who have lost an average of 20 pounds or more and kept it off for at least six years. "Don't obsess over the number," she says, "but at least keep track of the general range of what you weigh so you can catch small changes as they occur and take corrective measures immediately."
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Don't skip meals.
Not eating for long periods of time puts your body into a catabolic state, meaning it starts to break down muscle tissue for energy— and conserves fat.

Hit the weights.
If you're lazy, it's not as bad as you think—just 10 minutes a day of lifting, three days a week, will help. Harvard research shows that 30 minutes of weight training per week has a greater reduction on waist size than almost any other variable.

Have breakfast every day.
Research from Harvard and Boston's Children's Hospital shows that obesity rates are 35%-50% lower in people who eat breakfast regularly, compared with folks who don't. Nutritionists believe a.m. meals help regulate insulin levels and hunger, so you're less likely to overeat throughout the reminder of the day.

Do sprint intervals.
Interspersing short, all-out sprints with brief periods of rest is the most effective form of cardio for fat loss, says Stankowski. Try a 2-to-1 "work-to-rest" ratio. That is, sprint two times longer than you rest. So if you run a 150-yard sprint—a good distance to start with—in 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then repeat 3-7 times.

Don't starve yourself.
"Under normal conditions, humans absorb only about 80% of the nutrients from the food they eat," says A. Roberto Frisancho, Ph.D., a weight-loss researcher at the University of Michigan. But, he says, when the body is deprived of nourishment, it becomes a super-efficient machine, pulling what nutrients it can from whatever food is consumed. Start eating again normally and your body may not catch up; instead it will continue to store food as fat.
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eat less
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drink water only
cardio workout
and some light weightlifing

i been doing this for about a few months
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I stole this from www.mensfitness.com:

101 Ways to Lose Your Gut
Spend more of each day burning fat than you do storing it, and over time, you'll bury your belly forever.

By Adam Campbell and Brian Good


The average man's body houses 43.2 pounds of fat. And at any one moment, that number is either increasing or decreasing—it's never stagnant. Spend more of each day burning fat than you do storing it, and over time, you'll bury your belly forever. Sound simple? It is. You see, there's no single secret formula for losing fat. In fact, find 100 successful losers and they'll give you 100 different ways to win the battle of the bulge. But we did them one better. On the following pages, you'll find 101 tips designed to help you lose your love handles, bust your gut, and define your abs. Simply incorporate three or four into your life every day, and you'll finish off your fat easier and faster than you ever imagined possible.

Eat more protein.
About 25%-30% of the calories in each gram of protein are burned in digestion, compared to only 6%-8% of the calories in carbs. Do the math: You save 41 calories every time you substitute 50 grams of protein for an equal amount of carbs.

Read labels.
Avoid foods with "high-fructose corn syrup" in the ingredients list. Since 1971, consumption of this sugar substitute—which is used to sweeten soda, commercial baked goods, and even condiments—has increased more than 350% in the U.S., paralleling the rise in obesity.

Get off your ***.
Do every exercise standing instead of sitting. "You'll expend up to 30% more calories," says Joe Stankowski, C.P.T. The solution for the bench press? Dips.

Mix up your movements.
When you lift, perform supersets in which you alternate between sets of lower-body and upper-body exercises. That way, your lower body rests while your upper body is working. "This allows you to work your muscles maximally with very little downtime between sets for a faster, more effective workout," says Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S.

Exercise blind.
When you're using the elliptical trainer, try letting go of the handles and closing your eyes. (Be careful!) Without the visual feedback, your core muscles will have to work harder to keep you balanced, burning more calories.

Embrace yardwork.
View any type of physical activity—even those you try to avoid, such as mowing the lawn—as a chance to burn fat and condition your body. (Just make sure you use a push mower.)

Snack on dill pickles.
They have one calorie per slice.

Take larger steps.
When using the stair climber, skip one out of every five steps. Then take one large step to get back to your normal walking pattern. This step recruits additional muscle, upping fat loss, says Cameron McGarr, C.S.C.S.

Rent motivation.
Once a week, watch a movie that inspires you to exercise. Examples: Rocky (for the gym), American Flyers (for cycling), Hoosiers (for team sports), and Chariots of Fire and Without Limits (both for running).

Break a record.
Challenge yourself to run farther in the same amount of time—even if it's just one-tenth of a mile—every single workout. This ensures you're always burning more calories from one workout to the next.

Smash your dinner plates.
And buy smaller ones. That way, even if you fill your plate to capacity, you're ultimately eating less than what you would likely pile on your existing platters.

Cut carbs.
Yes, you've heard it a zillion times. The reason: It works. In just one of many recent studies, a Journal of Nutrition report found that men who reduced their carb intake to just 8% of their daily calories lost seven pounds of fat and gained two pounds of muscle in six weeks.

Lift first, then run.
By doing cardio after you've lifted—when you're already tired—the same speed or intensity will have a greater effect than had you done it beforehand, says McGarr.

Change directions.
Try this interval-training trick on the elliptical trainer: Ride for 30 seconds as fast as you can, then immediately reverse your direction and ride for 30 additional seconds just as fast in the opposite direction. Rest 60 seconds and repeat. The force of stopping your momentum, as well as going from a dead stop to full speed twice in the same interval, will give your fat-burning efforts a massive boost, says MF training adviser Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.

Fill up on high-fiber foods.
Consider them "good carbs." Their bulk takes up space in your stomach, helping you feel full and eat less. The top fiber food: beans, which contain 8 grams per 1/2 cup. Research shows that guys who added 12 grams of fiber a day to their diet lost a quarter of an inch from their love handles, without otherwise modifying their diet.

Top your salad with vinaigrette dressing.
Studies show that acidic foods such as vinegar and lemon juice work like lighter fluid in your body's fat incinerator, increasing carb combustion 20%-40%. Researchers believe the acids blunt insulin spikes and slow the rate at which food empties from your stomach. Fermented foods like pickles and yogurt are also good sour options.

Don't skip meals.
Not eating for long periods of time puts your body into a catabolic state, meaning it starts to break down muscle tissue for energy— and conserves fat.

Try the VersaClimber.
The more vertical you are when doing cardio, the more calories you burn.

Don't be a couch potato.
If you're a TV junkie, add up the number of hours you watch right now, and cut out all reruns—even if there's an episode of Seinfeld on you've never seen. Spend the time you save on your feet: outdoors or in the gym.

Hit the weights.
If you're lazy, it's not as bad as you think—just 10 minutes a day of lifting, three days a week, will help. Harvard research shows that 30 minutes of weight training per week has a greater reduction on waist size than almost any other variable.

Pass on the potatoes.
In any form—mashed and baked, as well as French fries and potato chips. They raise levels of insulin in the blood, triggering your body to stop burning—and start storing—fat. (Sweet potatoes are acceptable; they have more nutrients and fiber.)

Eat your biggest meal of the day after you lift.
It takes calories to digest food. And researchers at the University of Nevada found that it takes 73% more calories to process that food after a weight-training session than if you hadn't worked out at all.

Chug H20 before a meal.
The water will take up room in your stomach, making you feel more full and reducing your appetite, says Christopher Mohr, M.S., R.D.

Request substitutions.
Any time your restaurant entree comes with a side of pasta, potatoes, or rice, ask for vegetables instead, says Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D. (Your server will be more than happy to accommodate you.)

Join a league.
That is, sign up for a sport such as softball, soccer, or even kickball. It'll automatically schedule exercise sessions into your week, and because you're part of a team, you'll have peer pressure that'll ensure you keep showing up.

Break between scoops.
That is, if you can't live without ice cream, cake, or other calorie-laden desserts, go ahead and have one scoop (about 1/2 cup) or one small slice. Then, if you still want more, wait 20 minutes. Typically, you'll find that while you wait, hormones kick in and trigger a feeling of fullness, reducing desire for that second serving.

Brush your teeth more often.
In a recent Japanese study of 14,000 people, researchers found that men who brushed their teeth frequently were leaner than men who did not. Thank that minty-fresh flavor, which may make you less likely to snack between meals.

Eat an unbalanced diet.
"By cycling your calorie intake so that you eat less calories one day and more the next, you'll keep your metabolism on its toes," says Volek. And that'll ensure you keep burning fat at a high rate. The key: Shoot for an average of 2,000 calories a day over a week's time.

Dial up an incline.
When you run outside, you apply force to the ground and propel your body weight forward all by yourself. When you run on a treadmill, the belt helps you. To counteract this, always walk or run on at least a 1% incline, the treadmill grade an English study found is nearly equivalent to outside running.

Stick to no-calorie drinks.
That means coffee, tea, diet soda, mixes such as Crystal Light and, of course, water.

Have breakfast every day.
Research from Harvard and Boston's Children's Hospital shows that obesity rates are 35%-50% lower in people who eat breakfast regularly, compared with folks who don't. Nutritionists believe a.m. meals help regulate insulin levels and hunger, so you're less likely to overeat throughout the reminder of the day.

Avoid foods that come in a bag or box.
Typically, these are highly processed carbs—foods that quickly raise blood-sugar levels and shut down your body's ability to burn fat.

Snack between meals.
This not only keeps you from being ravenous—and overeating—at lunch and dinner, it forces your body to process food all day long, which keeps your metabolism stoked.

Buy a TiVo.
And only watch the shows you record. By fast-forwarding through the commercials, and watching only the shows you care enough to set a season pass for, you can cut your TV viewing—and the amount of time you spend on the couch—by more than a third.

Load up on yogurt.
When researchers at the University of Tennessee put a group of volunteers on one of two diets—one high in calcium and one not—and cut each group's calorie intake by 500 calories, they found that the people getting calcium lost twice as much weight (an average of 13 pounds) compared with people on the standard diet. Study author Michael Zemel, Ph.D., believes extra calcium helps the body burn more—and store less—fat.

Order appetizers.
And avoid the bread bowl at all costs. If you're ravenous when you sit down to eat at a restaurant, immediately order a side salad, or a meat- or vegetable-only appetizer, rather than be tempted by these bottomless —and fattening—freebies.

Pop peanuts.
Nuts have a very high satiety power—meaning they make you feel fuller after eating than many other foods. And even though they're high in calories, those calories appear to be processed differently in the body. University of Michigan researchers found that men who added 500 calories' worth of peanuts a day to their diet gained no excess weight at all.

Track your calories.
You could do it in a journal, but we know that's never going to happen. Instead, do it on the Web, at a site like fitday.com. Just create a free account, plug in the amounts of food you're eating throughout the day, and let the software tell you exactly how good—or bad—you're being.

Do sprint intervals.
Interspersing short, all-out sprints with brief periods of rest is the most effective form of cardio for fat loss, says Stankowski. Try a 2-to-1 "work-to-rest" ratio. That is, sprint two times longer than you rest. So if you run a 150-yard sprint—a good distance to start with—in 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then repeat 3-7 times.

Check your mood.
The desire to snack may not be due to hunger at all, but rather the result of loneliness, depression, or anxiety. "Emotional eating is at the core of bad eating choices," says N.Y.C. psychotherapist Elizabeth Fagan, C.S.W. If you often find yourself eating when you feel down, or if you feel happier after a meal, that may signify a problem.

Shop for one.
If you have to buy cookies, chips, or other processed junk foods, buy the single-serving package—rather than the large, family-style bag. That way, when you eat the whole package—and let's be honest, you know you will—you'll at last have done a lot less damage to your waistline.

Find inspiration.
Take a digital picture of yourself, shirtless, in all your fat, naked splendor. Then use a photo-editing program on your computer to erase your love handles and create your own digital "after" shot. (You can also take a Polaroid of yourself in front of a black background and use a Magic Marker to thin down your waist.) Post the pictures somewhere you'll see them often, like on the fridge or in your office at work.

Go the distance.
Perform intervals for a designated distance rather than a designated time. Otherwise, you'll be running shorter sprints as you get tired, reducing the number of calories you burn, says McGarr.

Cheat once a week.
Use the meal as a reward for a week's worth of hard work, or the completion of a project you've been dreading. "It's OK for people to blow one meal a week without feeling guilty," says James W. Anderson, M.D., director of the Metabolic Research Group at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. "If you follow a healthy diet 95% of the time, you can relax and enjoy yourself the other 5% of the time without gaining weight," he says.

Row to the sky.
Every time you complete 10 reps on the rowing machine, lift the handles straight up over your head—without bending your elbows—for two consecutive repetitions before returning to normal rowing form. This works your shoulders and back harder, as well as your legs, since they have to produce more power in order to give you the momentum to perform the move, says McGarr.

Avoid white bread.
When Tufts University researchers studied the waistlines and diets of 459 people, they found that even in men of similar age and activity level, those who ate white bread frequently weighed more than those who didn't. "The calories from white bread and refined grains just seem to settle at the waistline more than calories from other foods," says Katherine Tucker, Ph.D., the study author.

Keep an eye on portion sizes.
"Most people who have been lean their whole lives have a much better understanding of proper portion size than people who are overweight," says Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. "If they go out to eat, they're much more likely to ask for a doggie bag right away or to leave food on their plate rather than cleaning it up," she says.

Never forbid yourself a favorite food.
Here's a shocker: When a group of U.K. researchers told 30 women to avoid chocolate, then packed them into a room filled with the stuff, the women were much more likely to sneak a bite than individuals who hadn't been given the order. Blame the allure of the forbidden: The more you tell yourself you can't eat something you love, the more you're going to want it.

Outdo yourself.
When you exercise on the rowing machine, try this interval workout: Row for 60 seconds, note the distance on the machine, then rest 60 seconds. Repeat, only this time, row for 55 seconds and try to match or better your distance from the first time. Rest 55 seconds, then repeat, reducing the time to 50 seconds. Continue until you can't beat your original distance.

Sneak extra activity into your day.
Pace around your office while talking on the phone; run into the bank to cash your check instead of using the drive-thru. When researchers at the Mayo Clinic fed a group of volunteers an extra 1,000 calories a day over the course of eight weeks, they found sedentary individuals gained eight times more weight than those who fidgeted a lot during the day.

Turn off The Late Show after the monologue.
Or give up the morning visit with Matt and Katie—whatever it takes to grab a few more minutes of sleep each day. When researchers at the University of Chicago studied men who were sleep-deprived, they found that after just a few days, their bodies had a much harder time processing glucose in the blood—a problem common in overweight diabetics. When the individuals returned to a more normal seven to eight hours of sleep a night, however, their metabolisms returned to normal.

Buy some new blinds.
And maybe a new mattress, because it's not just the amount of time you spend sleeping that keeps you lean, it's also the quality of your sleep. Fat cells in your body produce a hormone called leptin that helps the body keep track of how much potential energy (i.e. fat) it has stored. But leptin is only produced during certain stages of sleep. Miss out on those stages because you're not resting soundly enough, and you'll disturb levels of the hormone, leaving your body with no real idea of its energy reserves. Consequently, you'll end up storing calories rather than burning them.

Don't starve yourself.
"Under normal conditions, humans absorb only about 80% of the nutrients from the food they eat," says A. Roberto Frisancho, Ph.D., a weight-loss researcher at the University of Michigan. But, he says, when the body is deprived of nourishment, it becomes a super-efficient machine, pulling what nutrients it can from whatever food is consumed. Start eating again normally and your body may not catch up; instead it will continue to store food as fat.

Eat more slowly.
"It can take 12 minutes or longer for the signal that you've started to eat to make its way to your brain," says Mark S. Gold, M.D., of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Quick tips: Sip some water between every bite of food you eat, or at least eat more meals with friends or family members. You'll be more likely to talk and therefore to eat more slowly.

Floss twice a day.
When researchers in Brazil studied 13,000 people over a three-year period, they found that men with the highest levels of inflammatory agents in their body were also the most likely to gain weight. And periodontal disease, which is caused by poor oral health care, is one of the most common sources of inflammation. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and making regular trips to the dentist are the best ways to prevent the disease. Hate flossing? Studies show that a dose of Listerine may be just as effective at reducing levels of inflammatory bacteria within the mouth.

Step on the scale at least once a day.
"If there's one thing that comes up over and over with the thousands of patients enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry, it's weighing yourself every day on a scale," says Rena Wing, Ph.D., founder of the registry, which tracks more than 4,500 men and women who have lost an average of 20 pounds or more and kept it off for at least six years. "Don't obsess over the number," she says, "but at least keep track of the general range of what you weigh so you can catch small changes as they occur and take corrective measures immediately."


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