Regarding losing body fat from the midsection, it’s primarily a nutritional challenge. What I would recommend is tracking your food intake for a few days and then seeing how many calories you are eating. It’s a pain in the butt, but it’s well worth the time investment. I wrote an article series about keeping a food journal here: https:///2010/06/11/part-1-7-reasons-to-keep-a-food-journal/ . Then focus on eating less calories than you burn: https:///2011/01/18/how-many-calories-should-you-eat-to-lose-weight/ . Finally, adjusting carb intake can also make a difference. For example, when I want to lean out, I’ll eat less carbs at night (salad with veggies and lean meat & healthy fats) to help speed up the fat loss process. I don’t believe in “low carb” diets because they are mostly unsustainable, but I do believe being smart with carbs and eating a moderate level is a smart approach.
This particular post of yours made an impact on my weight loss and training goals. I was stuck at 166 lbs. for the longest time and lost around 6 lbs. just by understanding and following some of your posts. I still work out 5 times a week on a different routine, completely removed cardio exercises afterwards and closely monitor my calorie intake. My goal now is to reach the ideal weight for my height and get lean before embarking on a bulking journey. I realized the wrong things that I’ve been doing and removed my illusion of gaining a lot of muscles while on a caloric deficit.