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    I've always struggled with weight loss. I've tried a few diets and was strict with calorie counting a couple times. Last summer I dropped 35 lbs and gained 15 lbs back. Sitting at 220lbs I wasn't feeling great with my body.

    So 2 months ago I decided I would try going Paleo. To my surprise I've lost 17lbs and I'm feeling great again. Now, I've always had love handles and dreaded man boobs. I was always under the mind set that cardio would take care of this, which from reading online isn't the case. A few weeks ago I decided to take advantage of the free gym at work. I usually run a couple miles to warm up and then do weights.

    What would be the best exercises to eliminate these issues of mine? I've done weights before, but never really had a specific plan.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • #2
    If you've lost 17 pounds in 2 months, you're doing exactly what you need to be doing to continue to lose fat. There is no exercise that will spot-reduce fat.


    • #3
      Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
      If you've lost 17 pounds in 2 months, you're doing exactly what you need to be doing to continue to lose fat. There is no exercise that will spot-reduce fat.
      The Champagne of Beards


      • #4
        Thanks eKatherine! I guess I'll just keep doing the weights and cardio as I've been doing and hopefully the weight will drop from those areas over time.


        • #5
          If you only have time for cardio or weights, pick weights.


          • #6
            Walk. Everywhere. A lot.


            • #7
              Pushups. I used to lift alot when I was younger and stopped as I got older. My lean pecs slowly turned into moobs. On my journey back into healthy living I found out (through p90x) that pushups are just a rock solid exercise. Easy to do, so many variations, and you can pump out a few solid sets in minutes.

              My chest is definitely alot harder now and I credit it to pushups.


              • #8
                I have had notorious love handle problems my whole life. In the past two months, I have tightened up on diet, and really started working the weights. For the first time ever I am seeing my hip bones, and starting to see less love handles. I also got calipered the other day and was at 18% body fat (female) which... even if the calipers were off by 3 percent is still pretty damn low. Morale of the story? Love handles are the LAST LAST LAST thing to go for some people. Keep doing what you're doing, and add weights. Someone else said walk everywhere. This is valid.
                ~All luck is earned in the end.~


                • #9
                  I too had love handles and moobs. Lost the former, working on the latter. Keep it up, they might be the last to go.



                  • #10
                    dropping dairy (milk) and alcohol might help the man boob problems

                    estrogen is not really good for man boobs!
                    2010 - 5,11 and 101KG

                    2012 - 5,11 and 77KG

                    Train hard, eat well and love life


                    • #11
                      Thanks for the advice everyone. I've start incorporating push-ups, which I've always been horrible at. I'm getting a bit better at them. It'll get better with time I'm sure.

                      On the days that I don't run or hit the gym I'm taking my bulldog for an hour long walk. I try to do something everyday and avoid plopping down on the sofa.

                      I've completely cut dairy from my diet. I used to eat dairy every day and lots of carbs. Diet wise I'm doing great. Lots of protein, veggies and fruit. I understand fruit is high in sugar, so I try to limit how much I eat. I like to make a smoothie in the morning for breakfast on the days I dont eat eggs.


                      • #12
                        just wanted to say, wait to go! sounds like you're feeling pretty damn good. hard work feels good.