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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm strong, now how do I trim fat

I've been working out for about 1 1/2 years now. I've increased muscle and my weight. I still have that annoying flabby flab around the stomach. I've bumped up my cardio a bit. I have been taken whey protein after lifting and have been on a pretty high protein diet, but nothing strict. I get plenty of carbs as well. It seems I've been putting on muscle pretty quickly. I would like to maintain my muscle and trim the extra little fat around the stomach and around the rest of my muscles. since its easier to break down carbs than protein, should I cut back on protein and take in more carbs? to me this seems logical. Carbs are easily converted to energy and will burn quickly where as protein takes longer to break down and is the building block of muscle.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 08:57 PM
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Um, why would you increase carbs and cut back protein? Post pictures, and tell us your diet/training.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 10:25 PM
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your logic is damn near retarded, frankly.

you NEVER cut down on the protein unless your doing a refeed or high carb day. adjust protein macros accordingly.

go high protein/moderate carbs/low fat.

keep track of everything you're eating on fitday.com

you'll be surprised at what you're feeding your body when you actually keep count.
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when I ran cross country and track we ate a lot of carbs to keep from gaining weight and give us quick energy that was easy for the body to burn. I don't want to be a body builder or a tough man competitor.

I weigh about 210. I'd like to cut about 20 lbs. My workout is as follows.

Monday: chest and tris, 20 minutes running
wednesday: biceps and shoulders, 20 minutes running
Friday: Back and alternate another muscle group, 20 minutes running

I usually alternate 3 exercises per muscle group doing 3 sets of 10 reps at weight that I can always do 10 on the 3rd set.

I go heavy on chest and do 5 reps 3 times and then light weight 2 half reps and a full for 15 reps total. my bench is 285 and I'm hoping to break 300 next month.
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Carving knife....also eat a ton of food then take a nap.



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That sounds right... if I were a sumo wrestler. That's subcutaneous fat. I'm pretty sure I have visceral fat. The hard shit to get rid of.
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You need to decrease your carbs, not your protein, if you want to lose weight. Your diet should consist of lots of lean proteins, some carbs(the healthy kind), and some fats(again, the healthy kind).

What does your diet look like now?




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my diet is really a mess. I usually eat about 2 servings of raisin bran in the morning with skim milk. For lunch, I'll have either left overs from the night before or a sandwich or soup. Occasionally I'll eat out. For dinner I usually have either boneless chicken breast (grilled, backed, ocasionally fried), hamburgers, steak, porkchops or fish. I'll also have fresh cut french fries or some other form of baked potatoes, pasta noodles, rice or some other steamed vegtable.

My vice is pop. I try to only drink 1-2/day and drink water the rest of the day. I try not to snack either between meals because I'm notorious for over eating on snacks, which is partly why I started working out again. However, I do grab a few snacks when they are available. I've been trying to eat crackers like cheeze-its instead of chips. I just ate about 1/4 of a watermelon, which I know is a lot of natural sugar (probably not good).

I'd say on average I'm probably taking in 2000-2500 calories.
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Check out this link, it has some pretty helpful foods that are good for your diet. I would just start monitoring what you eat more, try to stay away from soda/unhealthy snacks, and lower the carbohydrates.




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I think I've read that before. Surprisingly there a lot of foods on there that I thought would be bad for you. I guess its the form of fat and calories that matters.

What kinda of cardio should I do to maximize fat loss? I usually run for 20 minutes 3 days a week at about 5 mph. The treadmill says 288 calories. But that's only 3 days a week.
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