Advice on burning off fat in abs
- 10-08-2010, 06:24 PM
- 10-08-2010, 07:24 PM
Best advice is to switch to early morning medium intensity catdio before you eat, plus good control of diet.
10-08-2010, 10:11 PM
Diet, diet, diet. You CAN NOT lose fat from *just* any spot. Your body is predisposed to store fat in certain places and your stomach is #1 on the list. So if you want to see your abs, you have to get rid of most of the fat on your body by diet and proper exercise. When you exercise, remember that quality is more important than quantity. HIIT, Tabata, etc...
10-09-2010, 12:36 AM
As has already been said - diet is number one. You could try switching over into a ketogenic diet for a little extra kick. Leg raises and lying leg raises (on the floor with a dumbell between your feet) are both really good exercises for lower abs for me. Once you get to a really low bf%, I've heard a lot of people say they use preparation H and put it on the lower abs and wrap them while doing intense cardio (pretty sure that's only effective once you're at really low body fat anyway).
10-09-2010, 01:15 AM
Read Transfom Your Tummy With These 8 Essential Tips! for advice on what to do to change the look of your midsection.
Read The 3 Keys to Fat Loss for comprehensive information re nutrition and training for fat loss.
The Primordial Woman
10-09-2010, 09:18 AM
like others said, diet is key. stop eating out completely. cook all foods at home. no more sugar sodas and so on. Even when you think you are eating healthy such as Boston Market, you are consuming huge amounts of salt.
I didn't see any real changes in my weight or appearance until I stopped all eating out and structured my diet very rigid.
Even though I'm on a flat spot right now....over the course of a year with some cheating off my diet. I've increased reduced my waistline by 4 inches, lost about 15lbs of fat and dropped BF from 24 - 16%
10-09-2010, 07:18 PM
Alright. thanks for the advice. One more question, how would I be able to know my BF% without going to see a doctor??
10-09-2010, 07:38 PM
10-09-2010, 10:22 PM
Thanks! I found these in Amazon, pretty cheap in price but they have received pretty great customer reviews.
would you recommend these?
10-09-2010, 10:39 PM
10-10-2010, 01:20 AM
Read post #4 at Scales and BF Monitors...
The Primordial Woman
10-10-2010, 07:38 AM
10-10-2010, 07:52 AM
I am going to throw a cat amongst the pigeons and disagree with almost everyone here.
You are predisposed to storing fat in certain areas but you are able to change the factors involved. Anyone who has read CT's Biosignature experience on TNation knows that spot reduction isn't as crazy a concept as most people think. It involves identifying where you store fat and improving your hormonal profile to stop that happening. Yes, it does result in fat loss from the entire body but it does give you a tool for identifying your problems.
On the whole you can still make the generalisation that most people do simply need to lose more fat as it is rare to have a man at 8% with a large pocket of fat anywhere on their body.
I have written an article on fat storage on the abs which you can read on BB.com. Search for Ben Carpenter, I forget the name of it as they renamed it after I submitted it to them.
I hope this helps.
10-10-2010, 07:54 AM
I've really struggled with mid to lower ab fat, so much so that the rest of my body would like easily 2% leaner. What seemst o be helping more than any fat burner topical or oral is managing insulin. Limting my to certain meals whilst taking a nutrient partitioner. I've pretty much eliminated my love handles and the portruding lower ab fat even whilst on a clean bulk.
10-10-2010, 07:57 AM
10-10-2010, 07:58 AM
Although that being said, topical licorice can cause localised fat loss on the abdominals as well as helping adrenal health.
10-10-2010, 11:22 AM
10-10-2010, 12:12 PM
10-10-2010, 12:18 PM
As stated especially the lower abs, diet is key the lower abs will more then likely be one of the last areas of fat to come of the body. The only advice i can give is solid diet, fased cardio, ab work to work the lower abs and a lot of patience and determination.
10-10-2010, 01:00 PM
10-10-2010, 02:13 PM
I didn't realise you were asking- I didn't see you say please or add a question mark. You can look for them yourself, I didn't start a thread with my theory, I came here to help someone out!
You can read the article I recommended, look into the Biosignature piece done on CT, there is a snippet written by Milos Sarcev as well. The last two are not referenced material but you can find studies based on their examples like the role estrogen plays in fat storage on the pecs and thighs (shouldn't be a big surprise for most on here).
I hope this helps.
10-10-2010, 02:30 PM
as everyone else has said, lower abs on the male body seem to be the last to relinquish their fat storage. it's important to not let this discourage you...it takes time!
diet, early morning cardio (pre-food), and cortisol control have worked best for me.
10-10-2010, 02:57 PM
P.S. I'm well aware of hormone physiology and metabolic pathways.
10-10-2010, 03:52 PM
10-10-2010, 04:27 PM
russ- I agree wholeheartedly that studies are important, as you will have noticed from the article I have written.
I am using my phone to post on here so if you would like more studies I would recommend searching and following the articles in my previous post.
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