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Zachary Kyle Jones 01-12-2006 08:03 AM

Hey this is my first time posting and I need some major help. I am having a problem losing what I think is called a spare tire look. My abs are not the most pressing problem but my oblique are. I really don't know how I can get the excess off. I work out four to five times a week and I run anywhere from five to seven miles a week. My friend told me that this website really is helping her so I hope someone can help me figure out a routine that would work. I am thinking about surgery to remove it but I would like to try and work it off if at all possible. Please help.


Kemal Eren 01-12-2006 08:34 AM

Zachary it is very possible, and you've come to the right place. Look around the site, especially the FAQ, and the message boards. there is a plethora of great information here to help you.

The most pressing advice I would give is tostart doing the workouts of the day and dial in your nutrition - most athletes here recommend the zone.

Definitly don't get surgery, it's a temporary fix at best.

Roger Harrell 01-12-2006 09:49 AM

Zachary, midsection look is more about diet than anything else. Keep in mind here you're not going to get as much encouragement about cosmetics as you will about function. The cosmetics is considered a sideline benifit to fitness. Look at your diet and find out what sugar sources can be eliminated. That is an exceedingly common cause of "stubborn" fat.

(Message edited by rogair on January 12, 2006)

Zachary Kyle Jones 01-12-2006 10:29 AM

What should my diet consist of? And also what are the best exercises I can do to tone and loose the weight and how often? I really don't mind taking the time to work it off. I was just told that I wouldn't be able to work it off around my oblique.

Baron Dorff 01-12-2006 12:20 PM

Zachary - look at this link as the starting place for diet: [url=][/url]

As to excercise, follow the WODs (the work out of the day listed on the main page). You probably won't be able to get through them at first. Scale them back to push yourself as hard as you can without burning out. Your capacity will improve very quickly.

It took me about a month of following the program to be able to get through a session. You may have it easier - I was 44 and pretty thoroughly deconditioned - no real exercise in a couple years. If you're younger and prettier than me, you may get results a bit faster.

Pay attention to the dietary suggestions and you'll get there. For reference, I've take 4 inches off my waist in the last 5 months living with those changes.

Don't think about trying to lose weight in particular spots; that isn't how it works.

If you're like most folks, the midsection is the last to go. Fat loss seems to start at the ends (face and neck / legs) and work toward the middle.

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