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Old 08-04-08, 01:27 PM   #1
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Belly Busting...

I'm interested in hearing some success stories from 50+ members who have reduced their bellies to something vaguely resembling a flat tummy. How'd you do it? What worked, what didn't?

While mine isn't quite like this guy's is, it's not getting any smaller either.

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I'm interested in hearing some success stories from 50+ members who have reduced their bellies to something vaguely resembling a flat tummy. How'd you do it? What worked, what didn't?

While mine isn't quite like this guy's is, it's not getting any smaller either.

And this guys seems proud of his!
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Sorry, never had any belly fat. Cannot help.

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Don't worry, she loves you the way you are, belly and all.

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Well someone has to give you a serious answer. I don't see why I should have to be the one to do so.

1. General weight loss.
2. Abdominal crunches, which really won't help but will make you feel better about the whole thing.

BTW, I could get the guy's belly, as illustrated above, flat with a 17 g. needle and a good strong arm.
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Old 08-04-08, 02:29 PM   #7
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To start: 2 or 3 sets of 5 reps each.
caveat: Don't try crunches if you have back problems.
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Old 08-04-08, 02:38 PM   #8
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I'll let you know if it gets flat...too soon to tell, but it IS getting smaller pretty quickly. I have a shirt on that didn't fit a month ago.

You know the saying, "no pain, no gain"...? I think the "pain" referred to is really "serious discomfort". I also think people probably stop short of this when exercising, since any discomfort is...well...uncomfortable. I've found in the past, and it still is holding true as I get back in shape...I push to a point well beyond simple discomfort. I'm talking real, no kidding feel like I better slow down now. Then I slow only slightly until the real discomfort subsides a little. Intervals are really this, too. For me, I think the results I am seeing (lost 1 full inch + from waist in 4 weeks) are because of this type of training and reduced calories as well. I think we all believe we burn more and eat less than we really do. It's human nature...sort of a short cut that backfires. That's why documenting things really helps most people get it done. The shock of reality can show you just what will really be necessary to reach the goal. No free ride, in other words. I vote for documenting via fit day or some method to help you know for sure you are in a legitimate calorie deficit that works safely.

Don't forget safe form to prevent injury..and pay attention to any real pain. Discomfort, however, is just part of the game IMHO. Go for the burn and recognize the difference between it and real pain. This is one reason so many folks hire personal trainers...someone to push them beyond discomort for faster results.

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Eat more, ride less. Wait. That's not it.
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Saw a really good infomercial on this last week and came really close to buying the product. But I can't remember what it is. Sorry.
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Like many men, the first weight I put on goes on my belly. During my chemotherapy and lack of riding time, my weight didn't change because I put on just enough belly fat to offset the muscle I lost. My weight is better arranged again now, as this most recent photo I have shows. I don't think there's a secret to removing belly fat. When you are finished removing all other fat, and you keep losing weight, the belly fat will leave. That's the only way it's ever happened for me.

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I agree with Bud, for men, belly fat is the first to show up and the last to leave.
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I agree with Bud, for men, belly fat is the first to show up and the last to leave.
I'll testify to that. My last 20 lbs to loose are in my gut - my legs, and back are in good shape. I've also lost some upper body muscle because I've cut back on my sleep and not done the non-cycling exercises.
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To speed up the process, you'll need to add some abdomen specific exercises to tone up the belly. Even pro racers tend to have soft bellies because cycling doesn't work those muscles.
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I do exercises on the bike were I suck in my belly. 10 x 4 reps. It seems to help.
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You cannot spot reduce. For 50+, fat around middle is last to go. Crunches, etc., give you muscles under the fat, but do nothing to reduce the fat itself.
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I have had a number of people ask me recently if I had lost weight. No, I haven't. But, according to Mrs. Slim, I have rearranged it. I think that's good, albeit losing 10 pounds might make me a better climber.
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I'm interested in hearing some success stories from 50+ members who have reduced their bellies to something vaguely resembling a flat tummy. How'd you do it? What worked, what didn't?

While mine isn't quite like this guy's is, it's not getting any smaller either.

Looks like he swallowed the exercise ball !!


DG - How's your diet? It's a common mistake to think "I rode 20 miles today, so I can have a hotdog / extra slice of pizza / bowl of ice cream / [fill in the blank]". Not that you're thinking that..... just sayin'.
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So to sum it all up.....I guess we gotta bust our butt to bust our gut!!
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DG - How's your diet? It's a common mistake to think "I rode 20 miles today, so I can have a hotdog / extra slice of pizza / bowl of ice cream / [fill in the blank]". Not that you're thinking that..... just sayin'.
Yeah, my problem is snacking at night. I get so darn hungry at night! And I guess I'll have to start doing some other exercises on top of the cycling.

You all SURE there's no magic wand, no magic dust, no nothing out there? Sigh...
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So to sum it all up.....I guess we gotta bust our butt to bust our gut!!
There you have it. No free lunch.

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For me it takes 20 miles a day, more on weekends, as fast as I can do it. While it's great to lose the belly, my favorite part is having only one chin.
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