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sambantam82

Goalkeeper
I'm forever skinny fat. I have a non descript shape. Don't look out of shape but hiding underneath my shirt are two watery bags of nothing sitting just to the side of my lower back. Ive been doing 3 minute planks pretty much every day for years, eating relatively healthy gym or swim 3 times a week. Where am I going wrong? Just can't shift those flabby apendiges. Any success stories / short cuts?

Generally when I have a few consistent months of exercise and good diet I just get smaller but no less flabby!
 
Define eating relatively healthy. No amount of exercise will reduce your body fat % if you're eating more calories than you use

What are you doing at the gym or swimming?
 

sambantam82

Goalkeeper
I probably eat around 1500 calories. I avoid sugar and have about 2 or 3 huel shakes a day and a decent meal although probably too many microwave meals at the mo. I swim 3 times a week - 1k - I should probably be doing a bit more. When I was going to the gym I was eating more. I might try the old 5:2 diet. Anyone tried that? Thanks for responses btw.
 

Makcem Crihs

Goalkeeper
I probably eat around 1500 calories. I avoid sugar and have about 2 or 3 huel shakes a day and a decent meal although probably too many microwave meals at the mo. I swim 3 times a week - 1k - I should probably be doing a bit more. When I was going to the gym I was eating more. I might try the old 5:2 diet. Anyone tried that? Thanks for responses btw.
Huel shakes are 500 calories each, so that's 1500 there excluding your meal, depending on your "decent" meal you could already be way over what you need depending on size, weight etc.
 
I probably eat around 1500 calories. I avoid sugar and have about 2 or 3 huel shakes a day and a decent meal although probably too many microwave meals at the mo. I swim 3 times a week - 1k - I should probably be doing a bit more. When I was going to the gym I was eating more. I might try the old 5:2 diet. Anyone tried that? Thanks for responses btw.
Before 5:2 or whatever I would record an honest food diary for a month or two. I made a massive difference by reducing chocolate, pancakes, beer etc even before making any drastic lifestyle changes.

Exercise is just a bit of a boost in terms of fat loss.
 

sambantam82

Goalkeeper
Huel shakes are 500 calories each, so that's 1500 there excluding your meal, depending on your "decent" meal you could already be way over what you need depending on size, weight etc.
Yeah I would guess my portion size is a little under the full 3 scoops just cos I prefer the consistency a bit thinner. Have to say after 2 years of it I'm getting a bit fed up of it. It's mainly convenience. A full Sunday prep for the weeks meals is a better idea for sure but it's a faf.
Before 5:2 or whatever I would record an honest food diary for a month or two. I made a massive difference by reducing chocolate, pancakes, beer etc even before making any drastic lifestyle changes.

Exercise is just a bit of a boost in terms of fat loss.
Yeah it's all about the diet. I'd probably have a more honest view of things if I wrote them down.
 

Simpsyla

Full Back
Before 5:2 or whatever I would record an honest food diary for a month or two. I made a massive difference by reducing chocolate, pancakes, beer etc even before making any drastic lifestyle changes.

Exercise is just a bit of a boost in terms of fat loss.
Solid advice, as ever, from Mr Freestein. You probably won't need to food diary for every but certainly a month is a good indication of how much you're consuming on average and you can then compare that to what you need to be consuming to hit your targets. My weight had started to head north recently so I've gone back to recording for a while to recalibrate myself.

Bear in mind that food packaging is up to 20% out calories wise on the label. I've even seen stuff recently with the carb content being less than the sugar content... And, being diabetic, carbs are really important to me - there are some labels where I've just looked at them and gone 'no way is that accurate' - adjusted my insulin to what I think it should be and ultimately been proved correct by my post-meal glucose. I'm talking by a factor of 50% here. Only real way to get really accurate, if that's what you desire, is to eat fresh food that will have standard levels of calories that you can easily cross-reference.

Keep us updated on how you get on mate.
 

sambantam82

Goalkeeper
Solid advice, as ever, from Mr Freestein. You probably won't need to food diary for every but certainly a month is a good indication of how much you're consuming on average and you can then compare that to what you need to be consuming to hit your targets. My weight had started to head north recently so I've gone back to recording for a while to recalibrate myself.

Bear in mind that food packaging is up to 20% out calories wise on the label. I've even seen stuff recently with the carb content being less than the sugar content... And, being diabetic, carbs are really important to me - there are some labels where I've just looked at them and gone 'no way is that accurate' - adjusted my insulin to what I think it should be and ultimately been proved correct by my post-meal glucose. I'm talking by a factor of 50% here. Only real way to get really accurate, if that's what you desire, is to eat fresh food that will have standard levels of calories that you can easily cross-reference.

Keep us updated on how you get on mate.
Cheers. Shocking that but then that's a consequence of not preparing food yourself. The diet part is considerably more complicated than the exercise part!
 

S.S.R..

Midfield
If I wasn't looking the way I wanted after drinking pricey health shakes, I'd soon be knocking them on the head. How much do they cost, about £2 each, two or three times a day? Ouch.
 
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Titus

Striker
If you have love handles but aren't too overfat, slow bulk for a while without any breaks, and then cut.
 

S.S.R..

Midfield
Took a week off the exercise cos I had a bug the end of the previous week; went out on the Saturday, didn't get round to eating till the evening, drank too much spewed up some noodle box thingy I had and didn't eat much the next day.

Dropped about an inch off my waist and although I've lost a little off my biceps, I look much more defined.

Think I've done an intermittent fast completely by accident with satisfying results. :lol:
 
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