Me: I am 191cm 71kg. I am fairly defined except my stomach.

My training: I currently do heavy free weight sessions 4 times a week: chest, back/arms, legs and shoulders/arms.

My diet: High protein/medium carb diet of mainly turkey, fish, rice, potatoes and eggs. No protein shakes (allergic).

I am going on holiday in 2 weeks and would like my stomach to look its best and it currently does not look great due to some bad eating.

So basically I want to drop as much fat on my stomach as is possible without loosing existing muscle tissue and am willing to work for it.

From the internet I have read interval workouts on treadmill/cross trainer and eliminating all carbs.

Does anyone have any ideas how to achieve this and fast? Should I take a break from weight training altogether or just add interval training or what?


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High intensity intervals and eliminating carbs sounds good to me. I'd pull back on the weights, staying on the high-weight, low-rep side, but not eliminate them.

If your goal were mine, I'd scour Martin Berkhan's LeanGains for information to see if I can tweak anything further than the basics already mentioned.


You're not going to lose "only belly fat", but maybe you meant to differentiate "fat" from "muscle"?

HIIT and a very strict diet will increase your odds of making a significant difference. Adding a thermogenic supplement may also help, but different people react to those in different ways, especially if you're already caffeine-tolerant.

I differ from Dave in that I'd not worry much about muscle mass--HIIT dings mass much less than long, steady-state aerobic work. Personally, I'd stay in the mid-range of both weight and reps, if anything tending towards higher reps, and aim for "ripped" rather than "bulky".

You're basically trying to cram typical "pre-contest" prep into a really short period of time--it's too late for mass, now it's about presentation.

  • Last paragraph is exactly how I see it. I am happy with my muscle mass I just want to strip as much fat off now in the last 2 weeks as I can before my holiday. Do I have to use the treadmill or can I use cross trainer, bike or rowing machine - as my joints are genetically sensitive. I am starting HIIT today :) I also eliminated all carbs from my diet except plain rice cereal in the morning.
    – TheLearner
    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:05
  • @TheLearner Use whatever you want--I'm a rowing machine fan, plus it's always open. Jun 13, 2012 at 9:23

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