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Old 08-16-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
Richard Evans
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fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

hi guys

i am well into crossfit, have improved my diet no end and am seeing great improvements. my chest back and arms have grown a great deal - my legs and *** feel harder and i generally look like i have lost fat (in face etc)

however, my stomach does not look like it has lost any fat from it?

why is this so?
can i change things?

help!!
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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hi guys

i am well into crossfit, have improved my diet no end and am seeing great improvements. my chest back and arms have grown a great deal - my legs and *** feel harder and i generally look like i have lost fat (in face etc)

however, my stomach does not look like it has lost any fat from it?

why is this so?
can i change things?

help!!
Richard, you seem to be making some progress, good. You can change things but it will take time. From your very general statements, without specific information, it is difficult to offer anything. You should be logging information about your size, diet and workout. From that data you can extrapolate conclusions about where you are going that will help you, and others, provide further guidance. What you are attempting to do amounts to an experiment and as such you should approach things by logging scientific data about yourself. Check out some of the workout logs for examples. Then come back and ask more questions.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:18 AM   #3
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Re: fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

Hi Richard,

I'm experiencing the same thing. Been dropping weight like crazy, friends even commenting on how noticeable it is. Again though, it's the same thing. It seems all the excess weight gets removed form the extremities first and the gut is the last place to go (maybe because there is more fat there?). I can feel the difference when poking around my abdominals and sides though so I know it's going, just I have a lot to lose. Best advice is to hang in there and keep going. If your looking in the mirror every day, your not likely to notice the changes as much as if you took a picture every week and looked only at that.

Stick with it, it's coming off, and soon we will both be looking like greek gods.


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Old 08-16-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Re: fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

I can't find any of the literature that I'm looking for, but I'm quite sure that it has been shown that the last place that men lose fat is their midsection. For women I believe it is the hips and thighs.

I could have sworn that I have read that on multiple occasions....
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:23 AM   #5
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Re: fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

Hey there- I'm not an expert but I have recently learned a TON more about fat on men. It seems that belly and "love handle" fat tend to be more hormonally regulated, so watch your sleep, really tighten your diet for any possible insulin issues and keep on plugging away.

By fine tuning my diet I have managed to drop almost 20 lbs in the past month, and by really controlling my sleep I seem to have dropped a bunch of the stress fat.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:02 PM   #6
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Re: fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

Gut goes last.

It's actually kind of interesting to watch it disappear as it seems to go (for me) from the top and bottom and the to the middle.

Love handles on the other hand are not something I've ever gotten rid of entirely. I don't think I enjoy watching my diet that carefully.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:13 PM   #7
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Re: fat loss everywhere - but not my gut

Directly related to diet. My abs show fine...and I've cut back considerable on the amount of metcon I've been doing.

Stop eating easily attained sugar via higher glycemic fruits/starchy veggies/grains. Cut back on dairy.
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #8
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Stop eating easily attained sugar via higher glycemic fruits...
George, are those the sweeter ones like strawberries/kiwis/apples/etc?
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:29 PM   #9
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George, are those the sweeter ones like strawberries/kiwis/apples/etc?

Here's a quick list I found w/f/s http://www.lowglycemicdiet.com/fruitsgi.html
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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I can't find any of the literature that I'm looking for, but I'm quite sure that it has been shown that the last place that men lose fat is their midsection. For women I believe it is the hips and thighs.

I could have sworn that I have read that on multiple occasions....
Not quite true, but very close... genetics determine where your fat goes and in what proportions. Typically the above is true; men will gain fat in the gut before everywhere else, and lose it in the gut after everywhere else.

I'm about 5% bodyfat, but if I gain 2 lbs that's where it goes... straight to the belly. Most people don't notice because they're used to thinking of a "gut" as 30 or 40 lbs of fat, not 5, but I can see it.

Just keep at it. If you keep losing fat, you'll lose the gut eventually. Don't let ANYONE tell you there's a way to eat or work out that will "target" fat loss in that spot. If you stall, you've stopped losing fat, and will need to look at reducing calorie intake, increasing workout volume, or eating cleaner. I'd say for most folks (especially CF'ers) it's the last one that gets us.
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