So after years of being the chubby guy, I've finally decided it's time to do something about it. My plan as of now is to lean down before trying to add size later.
I've never had arm, chest, or leg fat... but I have always had that stubborn belly fat and love handles. I've never eaten a lot of sugars, and I've always avoided High Fructose Corn Syrups. Basically my diet consists of eggs, cheese, meat, potatoes, veggies, and breads.
I've done a lot of reading on here before posting this, and I think it's pretty clear if I want to cut down the body fat that I am going to have to give-up the potatoes and breads during the week.
I am planning on cutting my carbs to under 40g a day, and relying on fatty foods for energy to try and get my belly to stat burning the fat off.
For the last five days I've been slowly cutting out all the carbs from my meals and I think I'm finally ready to start my actual diet. For the past three days my daily menu looked like:
Breakfast (7:30am): 3 eggs, 2 slices of cheese, 2 pieces of bacon, 1 fish oil pill, 1 multivitamin, and a small glass of milk.
Snack (10:00am): 1/2 baked turkey or chicken breast, 1 slice of cheese, and a fish oil pill. (I cook 6-10 breasts of meat and then fridge it so that I always have a pre-made snack on-hand in case I don't have time to cook)
Lunch (12:30pm): 1/2 turkey or chicken breast, small salad with no dressing/ or celery with peanut butter, and a fish oil pill.
Snack (3:00pm): Small hamburger patty or chicken/turkey, 1 mozerella string cheese stick (love my cheese, can't you tell), 1 hard-boiled egg, and a fish oil pill.
Dinner (6:00pm): Some form of meat (steak/chicken/turkey/fish), broccoli/spinach/green beans, 1 slices of cheese, and a fish oil pill.
Snack (9:00pm): Celery with peanut butter, 1 slice of cheese, a small piece of chicken if I'm really hungry, and a fish oil pill.
So far I've been keeping track and seem to be averaging around 1900 calories per day. I'm averaging between 30-40g of carbs per day with my peanut butter/milk/veggies. The fish oil pills I am taking are the Double Strength from Origin Dietary (720mg EPA/480mg DHA per pill) and the multivitamin is just a run-of-the-mill men's once a day pill.
I've always been a pretty active person, but I've decided to focus more on cardio and for the last week my schedule has looked like:
Monday: 30 sit-ups in the morning, 30 minutes of jumping rope in the afternoon followed by a 30 minute walk to cool-off, and 30 sit-ups before bed.
Tuesday: 30 sit-ups (I do these when I wake up and before bed every day, always have), 40 minutes of various dumbbell exercises (only using 25lbs, but I'm not worried about getting huge just yet... just trying to lean down), and 30 sit-ups before bed.
Wednesday: 30 sit-ups, in the afternoon I will go out for an hour and run/jog for as long as I can stand it, then walk for a few minutes, and then go back to jogging, then walking, etc until I've finished the 4-and-a-half mile loop around my townhouse complex. (I've been slowly starting to get back home sooner and I'm not jogging for the full hour anymore, so I may have to start adding more distance to add more time to my jog) 30 sit-ups in the evening.
Thursday: 30 sit-ups, 45 minutes of dumbbell exercises, and 30 sit-ups before bed.
Friday: 30 sit-ups, 30 minutes of jumping rope and my 30 minute walk, and 30 sit-ups.
Saturday: 30 sit-ups, 15 minutes of jumping rope, 15 minutes of light dumbbell work, 15 minutes of 15 rep push-up sets (go for as many full sets as I can do), and 30 sit-ups before bed.
Sunday: 30 sit-ups, 30 minute walk in the afternoon, 30-sit-ups before bed. (basically my take-it-easy day)
All-in-all I've been doing the exercises for a week now, and I finally think i have a meal plan I can stick to. I'll be buying a gym membership in the next week or two so that I can add some more versatility to the weight training, but a trainer is out of the question due to monetary... inconveniences...
If you see any glaring faults in my diet/exercise routine, please feel free to point them out. Constructive criticism is always welcome, even if it's a little harsh.
Stats right now are:
Pot-belly and love handles
We'll see how it goes in the next 2 weeks.
(By the way if this belongs in a different section or would get more input from somewhere else, feel free to move it... I figured that this was the right place)