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Make me faster....Lost the Tummy

  • Posted:
    Guys,
    
    I have an issue that has been bothering me for quite a while, and it was just refreshed when I listened to a Marathon Talk podcast,  Matt Dixon in episode 102. The point that concerns me is the one about athletes not eating enough for their performance. Now I agree this is possibly true for the professionals. But what about us poor amateurs who are just hoping to plod through a marathon under 4 hours?
    
    My Stats
    
    You see my issue is that I have a bit of a belly. Not a big one, but big enough that getting rid of it would ensure I run faster, which of course is what I want. Its 38 inches at the belly button. I am 5 ft 9, and have averaged 82.5 Kg for the last 6 months. My BMI is averaging at 26.9, in the overweight category.
    
    My exercise regime
    
    Since September I have been running in Vibram 5 fingers anything between 3 and 5 times a week (between 5 and 10K), and I have averaged 1 bike ride averaging 25 Kms each weekend also. On top of that, I do core work, leg work, some Yoga, and some intense 10 minute Cardio sessions (Burpees, Squats, Mountain Climbers etc). So I am basically doing something every day. Now I would say that I do have an office job, so my movement is limited for 10 hours a day.
    
    My diet
    
    I would have thought my diet is average. I eat fruit and veg, i try to take some carbs before exercise, and some protein after. I enjoy a few drinks, but not in excess, and i only occasionally eat chocolate or sweets. The main sweets I would eat would be jellies during exercise. I take protein bars when my exercise is strenuous at the weekends, and I hydrate with 4:1 Carb Protein during the weekend also. Maybe, I eat too much processed food.
    
    Help required
    
    I would love any advice that you guys could provide about how I can loose this belly. Am I not eating enough, or am I eating too much. I really dont know at this stage.
    
    Thanks a lot all
    
    Dermot 
     
    Guys,
    
    I have an issue that has been bothering me for quite a while, and it was just refreshed when I listened to a Marathon Talk podcast,  Matt Dixon in episode 102. The point that concerns me is the one about athletes not eating enough for their performance. Now I agree this is possibly true for the professionals. But what about us poor amateurs who are just hoping to plod through a marathon under 4 hours?
    
    My Stats
    
    You see my issue is that I have a bit of a belly. Not a big one, but big enough that getting rid of it would ensure I run faster, which of course is what I want. Its 38 inches at the belly button. I am 5 ft 9, and have averaged 82.5 Kg for the last 6 months. My BMI is averaging at 26.9, in the overweight category.
    
    My exercise regime
    
    Since September I have been running in Vibram 5 fingers anything between 3 and 5 times a week (between 5 and 10K), and I have averaged 1 bike ride averaging 25 Kms each weekend also. On top of that, I do core work, leg work, some Yoga, and some intense 10 minute Cardio sessions (Burpees, Squats, Mountain Climbers etc). So I am basically doing something every day. Now I would say that I do have an office job, so my movement is limited for 10 hours a day.
    
    My diet
    
    I would have thought my diet is average. I eat fruit and veg, i try to take some carbs before exercise, and some protein after. I enjoy a few drinks, but not in excess, and i only occasionally eat chocolate or sweets. The main sweets I would eat would be jellies during exercise. I take protein bars when my exercise is strenuous at the weekends, and I hydrate with 4:1 Carb Protein during the weekend also. Maybe, I eat too much processed food.
    
    Help required
    
    I would love any advice that you guys could provide about how I can loose this belly. Am I not eating enough, or am I eating too much. I really dont know at this stage.
    
    Thanks a lot all
    
    Dermot
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    Posted:
    I train 6 days a week (6 running sessions and 2 core strenth sessions)when training for marathons (sub 3'30" runner) and survive on about 2,500/3000 calories a day made up of wholemeal carbs, fruit, veg and lean meats/fish. The only supplements I take on board are 4:1 carb drinks during/after my long Sunday runs. This keeps me at around 175lbs (I'm 5'11" & 53).
    
    When I'm base training (low intensity runs and strength training) I eat a little less and don't take the supplements but do allow myself a few treats chocolate and a night out.
    
    I suspect if the belly isn't going you need to either reduce the intake (portion control is a major factor) or change the balance betwen carbs/protein/fats. Our weight is 80% due to what we eat and exercise can only do so much. 
    
    There is a lot of good advice out there so read up and find out what works for you.
    
     
     
    I train 6 days a week (6 running sessions and 2 core strenth sessions)when training for marathons (sub 3'30" runner) and survive on about 2,500/3000 calories a day made up of wholemeal carbs, fruit, veg and lean meats/fish. The only supplements I take on board are 4:1 carb drinks during/after my long Sunday runs. This keeps me at around 175lbs (I'm 5'11" & 53).
    
    When I'm base training (low intensity runs and strength training) I eat a little less and don't take the supplements but do allow myself a few treats chocolate and a night out.
    
    I suspect if the belly isn't going you need to either reduce the intake (portion control is a major factor) or change the balance betwen carbs/protein/fats. Our weight is 80% due to what we eat and exercise can only do so much. 
    
    There is a lot of good advice out there so read up and find out what works for you.
    
    
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  • Posted:
    A few things to consider to loose the belly (everything in moderation)
    
    1. Leave that alcoholic beverage. It's not just the calories of the drink, but it actually impacts your liver. When liver is burning the alcohol, it will not burn calories. Of course you can have a drink once in a while but the less the better
    
    2. If you are not really trying to increase your muscles, you do not have to do carb diets. You get normally enough carbs from vegetables, so reducing potatoes, pasta, rice and white breads will have a positive impact.
    
    3. Reduce sugars. That's something humans really don't need very much. You get loads of sugar from soft drinks and juices even when there is no added sugar. Drink water, lots of it but try to learn to enjoy food and drinks without sugars in them.
    
    4. Eat often but small portion sizes. That way your body burns the calories effectively. Keep track on the total calories to manage your daily intake in comparison to your consumption.
    
    I'm not a doctor, so please take my advice with a pinch of salt. I have read, exercised and tried many things and these three rules have really helped me to stay in fairly good condition (and I move much less than you). 
     
    A few things to consider to loose the belly (everything in moderation)
    
    1. Leave that alcoholic beverage. It's not just the calories of the drink, but it actually impacts your liver. When liver is burning the alcohol, it will not burn calories. Of course you can have a drink once in a while but the less the better
    
    2. If you are not really trying to increase your muscles, you do not have to do carb diets. You get normally enough carbs from vegetables, so reducing potatoes, pasta, rice and white breads will have a positive impact.
    
    3. Reduce sugars. That's something humans really don't need very much. You get loads of sugar from soft drinks and juices even when there is no added sugar. Drink water, lots of it but try to learn to enjoy food and drinks without sugars in them.
    
    4. Eat often but small portion sizes. That way your body burns the calories effectively. Keep track on the total calories to manage your daily intake in comparison to your consumption.
    
    I'm not a doctor, so please take my advice with a pinch of salt. I have read, exercised and tried many things and these three rules have really helped me to stay in fairly good condition (and I move much less than you).
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