I'm about 5'10" and weigh 150lbs. My goal for the next 3 months is to lose at least 10lbs. Now, to all outward appearances i dont looke 'fat'...skinny arms, skinny legs (partially due to atrophy from when i busted my ankle ... still doing PT for that) and looky skinny in general. However, take off my shirt and all will be revealed - those 10 - 15 lbs i've put on at college over last 3 years seems to all go to my belly. Now my chest is all right - the gf loves it as is - but the belly has got to go. I find it hard to eat healthy everyday (esp when i am back at school) and i'm wondering what sort of excercises will get rid of the flab?
Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
I focus some on lifting my legs instead of just pushing down. Tightens my stomach a bit. Also when I do a lot of sit-ups the new muscles keep the stomach from expanding so much when I eat and I feel full sooner.
Although it's a fallacy that you can do spot fat-reductions, you tend to lose fat from all over. What you can do is increase muscle-tone, size & definition in specific areas. This then counteracts the flabby appearance of fat in that area.
So you've got a double goal here. You'll want to lose the fat through aerobic exercise so that you burn off more calories each day than you eat. Don't worry about the food as much, the exercise is more important, but don't be a fast-food pig either.
And also work on building up muscles in your mid-section. Lots of workouts for that.
I'm 5'10" and 160 with the same midsection problem. I don't really want to lose overall weight but a redistribution would be fine. I went on the south beach diet a couple of years ago and dropped about a dozen pounds, most of which came right off the waist. Although it contradicts with the fuel needed for biking, the low carb method worked well on the target area. A balance of moderating carbs with a muscle build up of the abdomins seems to be good method although I'm failing rather well at both at the moment!
1 road bike (simple, light), 1 TT bike (could be more aero, could be lighter), 1 all-weather commuter and winter bike, 1 Monark 828E ergometer indoor bike
I'm 5'10" and 142 lbs, and I still have plenty of "softness" around my navel...
Another 10-15 lbs is probably what I'd need to lose all that, but I don't think that's a good idea at my current weight. So I'll focus on just riding instead. If something happens to it down the line, I'm pleased. If it doesn't, I'm still a better rider.
Losing weight is all about one thing, burning off more calories than you take in. You have to cut back on how much you eat or exercise more or both. Weight lifting can increase muscle mass which helps to boost your metabolism but in the end you still have to control what you eat. Now, if you have time and can ride 300-400 miles per week you may be able to get away with eating more! My 2 cents.