I didn't get a chance to post in the last mysteriously disappearing thread, but there was a lot of good tips/information in there. It caught my attention because getting rid of my oversized belly is my main fitness goal right now. So I figured I'd start another one. I'm 5'10" and currently weigh 186 lbs. Over the past few years Ive gained about 15-20 lbs and it's all in my belly. So my goal is to slim down in that area. Building muscle and strength in other parts of my body would be a nice bonus, but my focus is on my gut. What I've been doing is diet and exercise. Im not following any specific diet. I'm just eating healthy. I've been having cottage cheese and a banana for breakfast instead of an egg sandwich. For lunch its a salad instead of a cheeseburger. For dinner I try to add some variation either pasta, or chicken w/ veggies, or something decent instead of pizza. I'm also trying to cut calories wherever possible like cutting out soda or high sugar beverages and drinking lots of water instead. Coffee is a big problem though, cause I drink a lot of it...and I like it sweet. I tried sugar substitutes and they taste weird. Today I'm drinking my coffee w/ no sugar and trying to make myself get used to it. I'm also having a healthy snack between meals, usually a piece of fruit and some nuts. I heard this combo is good for the metabolism. Anyone have any other diet tips?? Exercise for me consists mostly of cardio at this point. I'm trying to run at least every other day. I got out of the habit for a few days but I'm trying to get back out there everyday starting this morning. I learned something huge from Peter Squire and others in the previous thread about the best time to do cardio being in the morning. This whole time I'd been running at like 9pm. Anyway, today I went at 6am...it was rough but I did it. I'm going to start a full body workout 3 times a week too. Is it true that cardio combined with resistance training will get the best results? Also, I've heard it is important to eat first thing in the morning. It supposedly gets your metabolism going. I've also heard to run before you eat...So, If Im running first thing, should I eat first or after? So if anyone else is in the same boat...Please share your tips, advice, workout routine or experience.