Posted by Another suggestion on June 22, 1998 at 13:29:14:
In Reply to: Re: ,abs,shoulders posted by Jeffery on June 21, 1998 at 22:57:41:
I somewhat agree with Jeffrey. And I will tell you what I do since I used to have the same problem as you. I have a small body but my belly was what looked like 8 month pregnant stomach. Now, I can safely wear leggings with a short sweater and belly button showing. Nope, I don't have a hard as a board tummy (yet) but I am working on it. My hard work started showing results in 3 weeks. REMEMBER YOU HAVE GOT TO STICK TO IT.
You definitely have to do cardio work-out (4-5 times a week) to burn fat not only on your belly, but all over.
The cardio can be (the out of gym option) - brisk walking, running or swimming. (If you have access to a gym then you can do stationery bike, stairmaster, treadmill. Whatever you prefer. Just remember NOT to do more than 40 minutes of cardio a day. The best is to do 5 minute warm up 35 minutes to raise your heart rate and another 5 minutes to bring it down (cool down).
I am a member of a health club, but I find that I do more exercise at home (unless I decide to go to the gym around 9:00 p.m.). This mostly because all the treadmills and stairmasters are busy until then. So I end up doing exercise videos at home (Kathy Smith's Aerobox, Cory Everson Gotta Sweat, Paula Abdul's Dance with Me, Susan Powter's Step - whatever you like as long as it is 20-40 minutes long).
The next thing YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST MUST MUST DO IS DO WEIGHT TRAINING. This helps your body burn fat while you are RESTING (that is, not working out). Start slowly. Take low weights (e.g. 8lbs) and do bicep curls 8 times (then repeat times 3).
You also need to work on your legs. If you are not a health club member then you need to buy ankle weights and do squats, ham curls, lunges etc. Check out Men's health on line issue for illustration.
For the diet: (As Jeff mentioned) stick with a lot of TUNA (the best source of protein/low fat), turkey, chicken.
I think YOU SHOULD, for ONE MEAL ONLY a week, indulge on either hamburgers or Pizzas or whatever fatty favourite junk you like. Keeps you motivated on the diet. NO NEED TO MAKE UP, you are allowed one cheat meal a week.
I usually cheat on Saturdays. My breakfast consists of 2 eggo waffles, with lots of syrup. A fatty cheeseburger and fries for lunch and for dinner, I have a meal replacement bar with a couple of fruits and a low fat ice cream.
It is important that you get into the habit of eating more calories during the day and less after 6:00 pm. Breaking meals to 6 small items is one of the best things you can do for your diet.
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE GOT TO EAT. Just eat good stuff. High PROTEIN, moderate carbs and low fat.
Again as Jeff mentioned, crunches along with knee ups, and leg ups the best exercise for abdominals.
You also have to start drinking more water. This is very important if you are going to increase the protein in your diet.
I wouldn't spend any money on any t-shirts or books or workout videos. Instead, I would browse THE BEST TOOL YOU HAVE FOR EVERYTHING - THE INTERNET. It has tonnes and mountains of information, illustration, personal fitness buddies, personal trainers. ALL FREE OF CHARGE AND QUALIFIED ADVISE. Check it out.
Search for "fitness" or "exercise" and navigate the NET.
My favourite site are
(great stuff, NOT only for men but general fitenss advise)
(access to Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Men's Fitness Magazine, Shape and Fitness Online).
(Want a qualifed advise, a fitness buddy on the net, or have a question) This is your place. This forum is more active then this one.
YOU MAKE A COMMITMENT, AND THE INTERNET WILL HELP YOU GET THERE!
And BTW, my waistline now is at 29" And that is in 3 weeks! Have do do cardio, have to do abs, have to eat MORE PROTEIN, less carb and very low fat!
If you need more motivation you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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