I have a weird body. My gut sticks out. just the way I'm built. Plus, when I start putting on weight its all in my gut. I look like a young freakish beardless santa, with a gut considerably bigger than my wife's 7.5mo preggo-belly. skinny arms, & legs with what appears to be a hardcore beer gut (though I rarely drink) and a pert A-cup rack. When I got out of boot camp in JAN 2005 I weighed 145lbs, which was a healthy weight for me (5' 9"). For the first and last time in my life I had a little fledgling 6-pack. but my 6-pack still protruded out past my chest. Since I got out of boot camp, I've gained and lost weight here and there, depending on the type of work I'm doing, but averaged about 5lb gain every year until 2010, when I started to lose control of my weight. I've gained 20lbs in the past year. 90% of the clothes in my closet don't fit, so any given week, you'll see me wear the same clothes twice. I've already had my company re-order my uniforms to fit my new waist size, but even they don't fit now. It painful to tuck my shirt in. I know I still have a 6-pack in there; as of a few months ago, I could still feel it if I pushed my fingers real hard into my fat. So, I decided to start a diet. As is my normal approach to things, I didn't do a whole lot of research, just made up a plan and went with it. If/when things don't work out, I'll start researching why, and revise my plan. so, here's my plan: I want to shed all this fat & get lean, then build my upper body (chest) up with muscle, enough so it sticks out past my gut and makes me look somewhat normal, if not a little buff. It's called the Strantor diet. It's loosely based on the low carb fad diets (zone, atkins, south beach). I'm eating zero carbs and not exercising for now. I will keep counting (0) carbs until I hit my target weight (145) or I plateau. Then I will go on a balanced diet (counting calories) and do cardio until I get "fit" - i.e. not flabby, and healthy. Then I'm going on a high protein diet and lift weights; try to get my weight back up (maybe 165, 170?), but in muscle, not lard. So, thats the plan and its not based on any good research or anything, so it is subject to change. I started out last sunday @ 191lbs. I weighed in today (actually yesterday, 8hrs ago while it was still sunday) and I was at 179. 12lbs in a week! That's like 2 whole babies (or maybe 1 and a fraction of big babies)! I hope (wishful thinking) that I can keep up that pace; this might all happen faster than I was expecting. I have attached a photo of my gut (taken last sunday, in the very moment that I decided to diet) in comparison to my wife's preggo belly for your entertainment.