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Gettin rid of some gut!(9 posts)

Gettin rid of some gut!Only300
Aug 16, 2001 8:59 PM
What is the best way to lose some fat off my stomach and to tone my legs? I want to tone down and get at least a semi-chisled look. What should I focus on and for how long should I be focusing to see some results?

Thanks
Gut Fit Tipsdavidl
Aug 17, 2001 4:21 AM
One doesn't lose ones gut overnight, short of cosmetic surgery [seen Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner lately ?]. I haven't gone the surgery route. I am stuck with table-push-aways and riding every day. In the meantime I learned that an important consideration is proper fit. Remember, if it don't fit, you will not sit - on the bike, that is. Proper gut management and technique is critical to good riding. A good rule of thumb is - for sprinting one should carry the gut at least 10cm ahead of the bottom bracket; climbing in the saddle the gut should be carried at or slightly behind the bottom bracket. Steady cruising requires placement slightly behind the BB as well. Picture in your mind rolling a can of Crisco. Remember to balance the gut amidships at all times when proceeding in a straight line. Turns require the advanced technique of the 'counter-steer gut check' where proper application of starboard and port momentum is critical. This technical subject is best left for after dinner discussions and won't be covered here. It is always critical to have proper top tube length, adequate seating, and of course tires that can really take it. That works for me!
ride, ride, ride, diet, and then ride some more...Lou M
Aug 17, 2001 5:02 AM
it's all about dedication, the diet part requires a lot of sacrifices. It's a simple equation, burn more calories than you consume. You will see quick results...
WeightsPaulCL
Aug 17, 2001 5:17 AM
Try working out on weights. Not to try to put on massive amounts of muscle, but to add some muscle and tone. As a general rule of thumb, I have read that for every 5 pounds of muscle added, you will burn approximately 250 more calories per day. Do the math: 3500 calories equals about 1 pound of weight, burn an 'extra' 250 per day and you will burn off the fat. Add riding to that and you'll be a 98lb weakling in no time....

P.S. I'm speaking from experience. I dropped 15 lbs between Jan. 1 and mid May. I wasn't fat, but I had a small gut that I was dragging up hills. Of course, I would like to lose another 10. Losing weight is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.
re: Gettin rid of some gut!jaybird
Aug 17, 2001 5:43 AM
Weights weights and more weights. Think of your muscles as little ovens, the more efficient they are the more they burn... You dont have to lift heavy to get this effect. Check out the book "Body for life" by Bill Phillips. BFL talks mostly about a life/eating style and it works. The one caution that I have is that they really push Myoplex meal replacement shakes, they are a good source of nutrion but you dont have to buy the Myoplex (EAS) brand. As well if you are trying to build you cycling performance check out WWW.EAS.COM and they can help you develop a plan, again though, they will push the EAS brand stuff on you.

I have lost 20lbs in 12 weeks...
re: Gettin rid of some gut!Velocipedio
Aug 17, 2001 2:51 PM
I simply do 200-300 crunches after every ride. I'm even used to it now.
re: Gettin rid of some gut!cycleguy
Aug 17, 2001 4:53 PM
A balanced attack is the best. Cardio and weights. You can build muscle below fat. Look at the gut on some weight lifters. You can burn muscle along with fat. As the look of those who finished the tour have. Work both in balance and eat in balance to replenish. You will never see a pro cyclist win a body building comp. and you won't see Mr. America win any bike races. Just depends on what your goals are.
Gotta do something every dayCRM
Aug 17, 2001 7:01 AM
For my two cents worth, if you want to lose weight you have to do something athletic every day (with appropriate rest and recovery, of course). I think a lot of people who lead ordinary but busy schedules think that if they bike two or three times a week, they should lose weight. In my experience, that kind of schedule will not burn enough calories to actually take the weight off. If you ride everyday or at least 4-6 times a week, your body will regularly burn more calories than it is taking in and the pounds will come off. Of course, the added benefit is that by riding that much, your muscles (especially your leg muscles) will become much stronger and more toned. The added muscle will help burn more calories and therefore help you keep the weight off.

I don't think you have to eat a very restrictive diet, either, but you do have to be sensible. One of the reasons I ride is so that I can eat what I want, but you can't be ridiculous. If you eat sensible breakfasts and lunches every day, then you can splurge a little at dinner. But you can't eat poorly every meal even if you do bike every day.

Beginning of last summer, I weighed 183 lbs. Biked a ton last summer and just a little less this summer and I weigh 170 lbs. with much more muscle than before.
what worked for me fall '00-spring '01, and plans for winter...Haiku d'état
Aug 17, 2001 10:07 AM
two three five last fall
cut out oreos and milk
one nine five this spring

drink lots of water
determine your BMR
count your calories

apples, nectarines,
bananas, oranges, peaches...
fruit instead of junk!

winter weight lifting
treadmill, stairstepper, trainer
ride bike in garage

thirty minutes run
twenty minutes work with weights
then ten minutes stretch

set the stairstepper
to six hundred calories
turn up the headphones

late spring up to now
three, four, five, more hours on bike
sore butt sole problem :-)

at almost thirty
best shape in my entire life
better than high school!

fifteen more to go
for a svelt one seven five
will need more new clothes

this winter my goal
abdominal and leg work
and eat like a bird

if all goes as planned
you'll only hear me next spring
"hey, man...on your left!"

if i can, you can!
focus goal, don't lose vision
and do not give up.