Friday, June 27, 2008

Frustrations with the Lack of Loss

I have been sticking to my exercise routine and have recently upped the duration and exertion in each session, but I am still frustrated with the lack of progress on my problem areas. My problem areas being every part of my body except my forehead, forearms, hands, and feet. I don't really need to lose any weight in any of those areas. I am seeing some funky veins and stuff on my forearms, but my gut and thighs still belong to a McDonald's Lifetime Eatcheivement Award winner. This is very disappointing.

I have heard that you lose weight from the extremities inward, but could we get with the program, belly? Perhaps the Pork Snorkels of the Past are to blame but I think the blame lies solely with my easy willingness to play World of Warcraft for twelve hours at a time. Or Supreme Commander. Or Call of Duty 4. Or Fallout 3, when that releases. Or Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, whenever that hits the streets (estimates place it at early 2012).

So I have altered my diet a little and continue working out. What else am I going to do besides look for a job? Porn gets pretty old, or so I'm told, and that isn't much of an exercise.

11 comments:

The Uncanny Canadian said...

Here's what research says:

You can't target areas for weight loss - at least not directly. Sure, if your arms become massive, it will seem like you have less fat there, but there isn't preferential shrinkage of fat cells where you are building more muscle. The body will make up its own mind. This usually sucks. For example, women will lose from their bust and men from their legs, or whatever you don't want to lose fat from. I lose weight readily from my ankles and appendix, never the midsection.

As for porn, they have done studies that show that men and women will become bored of any porn they see frequently. However, new porn will always be interesting. Porn is inscrutable.

dontEATnachos said...

Yeah, that's just how it goes. You lose the useless fat first. Something you might want to consider is doing more strength training. The more muscle you have the more calories your burn (even when just sitting around).

Also, I've heard that drinking a lot of water helps your body actually take the fat off and use it for energy. So try to drink a lot of water during the day.

The truth is though, for every pound you want to lose, you have to burn 3000 calories more than you took in. An hour of biking will burn about 1000 calories.

Avoid eating crap that has a ton of fat in it: cheese, butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese, lard sandwiches, etc. Also avoid sugar, it's quite easy to accidentally get 500+ calories from sugar a day if you eat candy or drink soda.

At the end of the day though, it's just a matter of eating fewer calories/fat than you burn and sticking to a routine. I'm sure if you keep at it you'll start losing fat where you want to.

Chuckles said...

UC, I could stand to lose quite a bit more or turn it into muscle. Either way, I have a long road ahead. I just have to stick with it

dEn, I drink black coffee and water. I avoid sugar drinks entirely. I am working in more weight training. I am adding it to my routine, every other day. I am switching from jogging to biking because I don't want to get shin splints again, those are too annoying. So the routine currently is: sit-ups, push-ups, biking, sit-ups, push-ups, and on odd days a 20 minute weight routine that focuses on my chest, arms, and abs.

porterhouse said...

I'd give you tips but I'm one of those annoying people that seem to be able to eat anything and remain rail thin.

Von said...

Chuckles - you're hot. No worries. And, you rock.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Von, what are you doing?!!!

You are encouraging Fraggle Rock!!

Chuckles said...

Wait.

Who spilled the beans on my hotness?

AG? I'm looking at you.

Oh wait, it was probably Martyman, since I'm pretty sure he has some pictures of me. Probably taken while I slept on his couch, that creepy motherfucker.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Dude, you know AG would be all, "He's not hot."

:)

Oh, and those naked pics you showed me that you took of Fulliecakes, when he was drunk, weren't creepy?

Chuckles said...

Too many commas, AG.

Von said...

Damn it all. TheMarty did promise to show me pictures. Also to let me in on a nickname. He couldn't utter the nickname while in the presence of children, and forgot to tell me when we were back in the car. Damn it. Oh, and rumor has it Shannon saw a picture of "all of you". Take that to mean what you will.
AG - leave it alone. Let me just think Chuck is hot. I am deciding for myself.
HotChuck.

Chuckles said...

HotLunch.