Keeping size is not an issue for me, and my body fat is not high. i just have some problem areas. i am by no means flabby, it is just that i retain some fat on my stomach and a little on the rear area of my my sides. i even have some definition on my abs, but i just can't seem to shake the rest on the lower and middle part of my abs.
i dont eat past 6:30 pm. i run no less than a mile everyday and weight train 5 times a week. and i dont drink sodas the i might have 1-2 diet cokes a day w/ 0 caleries. i work my abs 3-4 times a week. HELP ME PLEASE!!!
I could just imagine ProfX saying something like "do you have a Swiss ball too?" Anyway....
After reading this post, it sounds like you're still a beginner (which I still am too). The biggest help to you is analyzing what you're eating. Fats, carbs, protein, calories, the whole works.
The reason I said newbie was you said not eating after 6:30pm. That doesnt make sense man. If you're eating 5 - 6 meals a day, that doesn't pan out. There are plenty of people that even eat right before bed. So muscle mag told you not to eat after 6:30, not here.
My guess, and two cents, is that you aren't eating enough of what you should, starving yourself other times. Who cares if you're drinking diet soda if you aren't taking in enough water, protein, etc. I bet your body is starving from all the cardio you're doing and weight lifting. So if the body isn't getting enough nutrition, where does it go? To the muscle, and not the fat.
I could be wrong, and if I am, go ahead and correct me. -T
I agree with Tank that that much cardio combined with weight training 5x/week is probably doing more harm than good. Try reducing the running to maybe once or twice per week and replacing it with high intensity work (e.g. Tabata squats, HIIT, high octane cardio (http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=244high2) etc.)
Tank's also right about eating after 6:30.
Also, despite having zero calories, Diet Coke and other diet drinks can have a negative impact on fat loss since the artificial sweeteners cause an insulin spike. For someone like yourself who is trying to lose that difficult last bit of fat, I'd recommend eliminating it entirely.
Eat clean (white meat and brown rice) 5-6 times a day, at least. Also, drink at least a gallon of water a day. One thing that always helped me cut down was to ditch cardio and up the weightlifting intensity. Train one body part a day (i.e. one day for chest, legs, shoulders, back, and arms each). If this doesnt tighten you up, then add some interval training back in (aternating between sprinting and jogging in 30 second-1 minute, respectively, cycles), but dont do the regular treadmill garbage, that only works for fat people.
Rockscar thats the funniest thing I've heard all week - what are you on?
Anyway some good advice here - I'll even keep a few points myself.
High intensity weight training - like Lactic Acid Training - worked quite well for me. I'd calm down a bit on the cardio like others have suggested and focus more on weights from a training perspective...
hey thanks for all the replies. i will up the intensity of the lifting(trying some of the olympic lifts), i will also focus more on explosive cardio training. thanks for the help everyone, i will let you all know how it turns out.