Need this too much?

  • Kazeai84

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    Jul 16, 2007 2:18 PM GMT
    Okay I've decided to kick my butt into gear and have decided to stick to this regime. I'm going to stick to a 1600 to 1700 calorie diet, and would like to do an hour of cardio every morning, and then 30 minutes on a elliptical at night before bed. If this alittle overambitious? I would appreciate any advice, oh and how important is it to stay in a fat burning zone? My heart rate tends to jump up to the cardio level, and even above that sometimes. I never feel over exerted, but I don't want to burn out, any advice?
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    Jul 16, 2007 2:35 PM GMT
    i don't think it's too much working out, but that depends on your current fitness level.

    but the main question is: what do you want to accomplish?

    this routine and diet will probably get you to look like a marathon runner-> skinny, weak, and no muscle. if you want to have muscle and be lean then you need to do resistance training. but if you want to look like a marathon runner then go for it.

    either way...good luck :)
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 16, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    Agree with johnnyk,if you follow this exercise regime for long,you`re going to lose weight and muscle mass,near certain!What do you want to achieve?Also,at 23,doing that amount of exercise a day,I`d say your calorie intake is too low.You`re going to run out of energy!For weight loss/aerobic fitness,you need to eat more food,preferably unrefined carbohydrate.For muscle gain,more protein and weight training.But best wishes and good luck!
  • Laurence

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    Jul 16, 2007 4:51 PM GMT
    Hi Kaz

    Well done for trying to get in shape and look like a gym trained sex god.

    However I think you're going about it the wrong way and a way that will mean you get bored/ill quickly and won't succeed.

    Much better to do the exercise you suggest, but eat a few more calories. I just think your calorie intake may be a little low.

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    Jul 18, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    I personally think an hour and a half of cardio on a daily basis is to much for the body. (besides if you loose fat to quickly good luck having your skin catch up with it)

    In most instances cardio should be between 25-45 minutes long unless you want to go into a cardiovascular workout instead of really honing in on fat. If it's fat you want do low impact and dont over exert yourself. Break it up in days with strength training. If you dont want to build bulk them use light weights or resistance bands.

    For me I find I really enjoy yoga/pilates for strength training. I dont feel because I dont have veins popping out of my neck/arms I've sacrificed muscle. It isnt true, the difference is Im stronger internally and MUCH more flexible then a lot of the muscle guys at the gym.

    and take a rest day, the damage you are doing to yourself by over doing may not show up right away, but in the long run it will.
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    Jul 18, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    Sounds great Kazeai84. Keep up the good work. I assume due to the calorie restriction that your main goal is fat loss. I guarantee you will achieve this goal in no time. When it comes to losing weight, you'll be losing a descent amount of muscle, but you'll also be shedding the fat like crazy as long as you take in those calories throughout several meals a day and not just in one or two or even three sittings. With one and a half hours of cardio a day, you'll no doubt be burning more calories a day than you consume, and that equals weight loss. Just remember, that when you cut the calories, you still need to eat the same amount of protein, so that means that protein will be a much higher percentage of your food intake.
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    Jul 18, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    To the original poster:

    You could perhaps do this plan for a week (or two) but after that, you'll likely feel sick and/or fatigued. I'd recommend you decide what you're going for (in terms of physique) and plan around that. You can keep that level of activity but you may want to up your calorie intake considerably. Instead of the cardio at night, you could put some weight training in there with light weights and high reps. Good luck!