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  1. Lifting Question...

    Please don't feel obliged to say anything remotely truthful.
  2. thehunk, are you out there?
  3. So if I understand you correctly, a person should eat enough calories to gain muscle weight, and at the same time burn enough calories to lose fat weight? Also, can you explain what you mean when you say muscles weigh less than fat? One more question: is it possible to lose weight without exercising?
  4. Best Cardio machine

    If you want to lose weight, you have to take responsibility for what you eat. There is no way around that. No magic exercise, no "stomach-trimming" diet... just you, the calories you eat, and the calories you burn. Period. That applies to everybody, not just bodybuilders.
  5. Best Cardio machine

    It's not that hard. If you eat something out of a box, the calories are right on the back. If you cook for yourself, you just choose recipes where you know the calories. The only tough part is eating out, but I only eat dinner out on weekends, which are cheat days for me anyway. So it's not hard at all... if you care about being lean, which some people do. If you don't -- more power to you.
  6. Best Cardio machine

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION. SoBe diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, sticking a plunger up your ass... none of these things will make you lose weight specifically on your stomach. Short of liposuction, you have to lose weight all over, or not at all. THEY ARE LIARS AND THEY WANT YOUR MONEY. For homemade food, you can enter the ingredients in Fitday to find out the calories. Or, you can cook recipes where you know the calories. http://www.allrecipes.com has a lot of recipes with the calories provided for you.
  7. Best Cardio machine

    I always had success by actually counting my calories -- just write it down on a piece of paper, or use something more fancy like http://www.fitday.com. Start by aiming for 12x your bodyweight per day in calories. Keep working out the way you are currently. Weight Watchers might work, too, though I never tried them so I can't really comment. You should be able to lose about 1-2lbs per week this way. If you lose weight too quickly, add more calories. If you don't lose weight, take off calories. But give it time before adjusting -- at least a week. From now to June 22 is a bit more than 5 weeks... you should be able to lose between 5-10lbs by then by following this advice. You could lose more, but it would be more likely to come back. Good luck!
  8. Best Cardio machine

    You can't lose weight unless you eat below maintenance. That doesn't mean starving yourself, it just means eating less. Diet should be your first priority, not the elliptical machine. Feel free to attempt to prove otherwise.
  9. Best Cardio machine

    It's very simple: 1) Somebody puts food on the table in front of you. 2) You push it away. Repeat as needed. Talking about "which machine is best to burn fat" is misleading. There is no such thing as a machine that targets fat. You burn calories when you exercise, and your diet handles the rest. Lifting weights helps you to minimize muscle loss while cutting.
  10. Best Cardio machine

    Table pushaways.
  11. Love Handles

    Sorry, they do not disappear overnight (don't we all wish, lol). Even if you were to follow a crash diet and lose 5lbs or more in a single week, you would most likely gain the weight back very quickly. Do yourself a favor: eat right, train right, lose the weight slowly, and enjoy the long-term benefits. Your body will thank you, believe me.
  12. Love Handles

    Oh, the irony. You just keep attacking me personally, and refusing to answer a simple question about the advice you gave. You say the advice "became" incorrect, but you have not explained how it was "correct" in the first place (which it wasn't). smokesum, here are a couple informational links (GLopez might want to read these too): http://www.trygve.com/mfw_faq.html#getasixpack http://www.trygve.com/mfw_faq.html#eattoloseweight
  13. Love Handles

    I didn't call YOU ridiculous. I said that recommending 5 exercises per bodypart for a beginner is ridiculous. That's not what you meant, so it's not worth arguing over anymore. I'm not quite sure why you keep bringing it up... Again, you're avoiding my question: how does training obliques help to lose love handles? P.S. I'm leaving the computer for the night, so I look forward to reading a well-stated reply tomorrow...
  14. Love Handles

    1 exercise or 5, it doesn't matter. You're avoiding the question.