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#1 The Saltman

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:50 AM

So I have finally decided this beer gut has to go. I know for most men out there the best thing to do is to just eat protein, while keeping carbs and fat to a minimum. Basically weight train to bulk and then go on a cutting phase. But for me I need to lose fat more then anything so going on a bulking phase is not an option at this time.

My plan is to go on a strict 1800-2000 calorie diet with a 5 day workout plan consisting of 3 days of weight training and 2 days of cardio. My only draw back is that Im trying to cut costs at home so I do not have a gym membership. I do however have a bench and dumbbells and will just use them for now for about 6 months. I have already made a meal plan for 24 weeks that I pretty much stole off of the internet which consists of 50% good carbs 33% protein and 17% fat.

So that's my plan so far.

Any suggestions?

P.S. im 29, weighing about 182 lbs and 5'9

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:52 AM

supplement 3 servings of cocaine daily for appetite suppression and you'll be there in no time.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:53 AM

or that.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:54 AM

Weight training won't do a thing for you. You need cardio. Try training for a half marathon.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:55 AM

Weight training won't do a thing for you. You need cardio. Try training for a half marathon.


I dont agree with you but ok.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:55 AM

I've been riding my mountain bike a lot. I ride anywhere from 5-10 miles several times a week. I'm amazed at how much it has toned up my upper body as well as shrank my waist. Not riding on rough trails either - mostly level paved surfaces.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:57 AM

The diet is far more important than the exercise. If you can maintain the 1800 calories, your body will naturally adjust to the proper weight. or so I'm told.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:58 AM

supplement 3 servings of cocaine daily for appetite suppression and you'll be there in no time.


The one snag with this would be would it work with the financial plan?

#9 The Saltman

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:58 AM

Im planning on doing both weight training and cardio. I dont think substituting one for the other is a good idea. Im not 250 lbs.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:58 AM

cardio cardio cardio. the BIGGEST misconception in losing a gut or weight in general is to go and lift weights.
gotta burn those calories and fat FIRST salt.

nowadays, grab some dvd's and you can accomplish tons just in your own home. i would also toss playing a sport a couple of times a week. soccer being the biggest

#11 The Saltman

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:00 AM

I just think if I get my caloric intake right alternating between weight training and cardio is in my best interest.

But I'm the one with the beer gut so what do I know.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:02 AM

plus, weight training?...a little ghey.

Oh, nevermind.

#13 The Saltman

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:03 AM

lol wha?

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:04 AM

The one snag with this would be would it work with the financial plan?


1:Buy in bulk. Take out his supplement.
2:Cut with aspirin.
3.????
Profit?

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:05 AM

all about metabolism, if you are shooting for weight loss and getting rid of the gut. once you start nailing your targeted heart rate, your body more effectively burns calories and you get the balance right. the body goes and gets the right amount of carbs or protiens to burn and use and you get to a point that even when you are chilling, you are burning cals.

personally, i would make your first 45-60 days mainly about eating better, upping the cardio and focus on your core and getting balance. by balance i mean symetry with your back muscles, shoulders etc.


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