I'm almost 40 now. I was up north visiting my friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. She said something like, "Oh, cute, you have a belly now." I looked down, and I did have a small belly. I don't even drink booze and I had what looked to me like a beer belly. Well, not really, but picture a skinny guy with a little belly going on. So that kind of stuck in my head when I came back home to Los Angeles. I didn't do anything about it for about a year. Then one day I was getting ready to go swimming at the gym and I started staring at my belly. It puzzled me since I had always been pretty skinny. So I did some research and found out that as we get older our metabolism slows down. I had definitely gained some weight, and for some reason the first place those extra pounds went was right in my stomach.
I read some things online, went to the bookstore and got a book called "Men's Health: Amazing Abs." I stopped eating heavy foods at late night including pasta, rice, beans, bread, and potatoes. I've also changed my diet a little by avoiding vegan junk foods like any kind of microwaveable foods, and I'm trying to eat more raw foods. If I eat late at night, I get up in the morning and burn the calories by jumping rope.
An interesting article I read said that doing leg raises while lying flat on your back or hanging down from a bar (hanging leg raise) are much more effective than sit ups. I also have to do lower back exercises so all the heavy pressure won't just be on the front of my stomach. I finally have a few small lines on my abs...
Workout wise - I've been doing a lot of Power Yoga, jogging (4 times a week. 20 minutes: 2 miles), and swimming.
After - June 2007
DEC 2007 or JAN 2008
April 09 2008
I'll post another ab pic here in late August