Seriously!?! FML... (Cardo Rant)

  • CarbGoggles

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    Jun 09, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    For the last 2 months I've been doing 3+ hours of cardio a week in order to burn a weekly 3500 calories. 3500 calories is roughly equal to 1 Lb of fat. I do not factor in the calories I burn from lifting 4 days a week or the amount of calories I consume each week. It's def not the most comprehensive approach however it has been getting results.

    While I've slowly been losing fat all over my body, my ass and thighs have been growing as a result of all the stair stepping, running, and incline walking I've been doing.

    One of my motivations for losing weight was so that I can fit into more clothes from the stores I like (Express, Guess, Banana Republic, and J Crew.) I can find shirts that fit but shorts/ pants are a big issue. I typically wear a size 40 and most of these stores have very few options past a 36.

    In order to monitor the number of calories I burn a week, I've been using the stair stepper and treadmill. I know there is a margin of error but I have to have some consistent means of assessing my workouts.

    Because my thighs and ass are growing as a result of all the cardio I am no closer to fitting in the clothes I want. I'm def not one to snub a firm round booty but I need to be able to fit into slacks for work and this is messed up. I prefer not to eat too much less because I don't want to lose muscle mass... FML.
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    Jun 09, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    It's not just burning calories at the gym, it's diet as well. I don't know your diet, but if you're eating crap; your work at the gym will be minimized.

    Also, f you're really running at a calorie deficit, you shouldn't be building muscle. It's kind of impossible actually. Any time you diet, cut, what have you, you're going to lose some mass. If your goal is fat loss, you just have to deal with losing a little bit of muscle in the process. (Just like when you bulk, you gain fat because you're running at a calorie surplus.) It sucks, but you can always build it back up once you're done with this process. Stick with it. You'll get there.
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    Jun 09, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    There is nothing wrong with buying work slacks at JC Penney. Although dockers make my ass look bigger than Texas.
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    Jun 09, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    Diet is everything mang. Try this..
    Reduce your calories. During the day, eat light meals that are higher in protein and lesser in carbs. And save most of your carb intake for before and after your workouts. This will help you lose the extra fat, while maintaining your muscle mass.
  • GettingFitter

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    Jun 10, 2012 8:51 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidThere is nothing wrong with buying work slacks at JC Penney. Although dockers make my ass look bigger than Texas.


    Would that necessarily be a bad thing mate ?
  • GettingFitter

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    Jun 10, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
    I found that when I did Spinning for a while my butt did get much rounder and firmer, but then again I did have some mass there to begin with and was not flat as a pancake but I guess it differs from bloke to bloke. If you dont want your butt to get bigger then maybe do more cardio and restrict your calories even more as to lessen the gain of size in the glutes, but then again you would have to then pick a cardio that not only would burn a lot of calories but at the same time NOT put so much focus on the butt muscles.
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:12 AM GMT
    Are you a Kardashian?
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    Jun 10, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    CarbGoggles saidWhile I've slowly been losing fat all over my body, my ass and thighs have been growing as a result of all the stair stepping, running, and incline walking I've been doing.


    That's a problem I'd like to have!
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:44 PM GMT
    sashaman said
    CarbGoggles saidWhile I've slowly been losing fat all over my body, my ass and thighs have been growing as a result of all the stair stepping, running, and incline walking I've been doing.


    That's a problem I'd like to have!


    Everyone wants what they don't have - but as a guy with a naturally small ass and skinny legs, I agree. icon_wink.gif
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jun 10, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidAre you a Kardashian?
    HAHA!! If I had their money I wouldn't be shopping at Banana Republic and J Crew LOL
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jun 10, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 saidIt's not just burning calories at the gym, it's diet as well. I don't know your diet, but if you're eating crap; your work at the gym will be minimized.

    Also, f you're really running at a calorie deficit, you shouldn't be building muscle. It's kind of impossible actually. Any time you diet, cut, what have you, you're going to lose some mass. If your goal is fat loss, you just have to deal with losing a little bit of muscle in the process. (Just like when you bulk, you gain fat because you're running at a calorie surplus.) It sucks, but you can always build it back up once you're done with this process. Stick with it. You'll get there.
    what he said. also, if you are not taking protein immediately after workout than you are wasting your workout
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    Jun 10, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    Maybe you just have a bigger than average ass and thighs?
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jun 10, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    JoeC90 saidMaybe you just have a bigger than average ass and thighs?
    I'm def not a twink LOL
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    Jun 10, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    CarbGoggles saidFor the last 2 months I've been doing 3+ hours of cardio a week in order to burn a weekly 3500 calories. 3500 calories is roughly equal to 1 Lb of fat. I do not factor in the calories I burn from lifting 4 days a week or the amount of calories I consume each week. It's def not the most comprehensive approach however it has been getting results.

    While I've slowly been losing fat all over my body, my ass and thighs have been growing as a result of all the stair stepping, running, and incline walking I've been doing.

    One of my motivations for losing weight was so that I can fit into more clothes from the stores I like (Express, Guess, Banana Republic, and J Crew.) I can find shirts that fit but shorts/ pants are a big issue. I typically wear a size 40 and most of these stores have very few options past a 36.

    In order to monitor the number of calories I burn a week, I've been using the stair stepper and treadmill. I know there is a margin of error but I have to have some consistent means of assessing my workouts.

    Because my thighs and ass are growing as a result of all the cardio I am no closer to fitting in the clothes I want. I'm def not one to snub a firm round booty but I need to be able to fit into slacks for work and this is messed up. I prefer not to eat too much less because I don't want to lose muscle mass... FML.



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    Jun 10, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    I'd suggest moving away from the treadmill / stair stepper because you can plateau fairly easily on those machines.

    Get yourself a jump rope and start doing intervals (i.e. jump for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds). If you feel like you're gonna barf, you'll know it's working. This is much more anaerobic and will cause your body to burn more calories throughout the day (as it speeds up your metabolism).

    Or you could do intervals on a bike (machine).

    Hope that helps!
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    Jun 10, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    CarbGoggles said
    ECnAZ saidAre you a Kardashian?
    HAHA!! If I had their money I wouldn't be shopping at Banana Republic and J Crew LOL


    LOL. yeah, no kidding.

    BR (I stopped shopping JCrew ages ago) are so geared towards a specific body type. I can still find stuff to fit me, especially since I've lost almost 20 lbs recently, but it can still be a struggle.
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jun 11, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    CarbGoggles said
    ECnAZ saidAre you a Kardashian?
    HAHA!! If I had their money I wouldn't be shopping at Banana Republic and J Crew LOL


    LOL. yeah, no kidding.

    BR (I stopped shopping JCrew ages ago) are so geared towards a specific body type. I can still find stuff to fit me, especially since I've lost almost 20 lbs recently, but it can still be a struggle.
    Yes their clothes def favors a specific body type. I like their stuff cuz it's much more age appropriate for a 32 yo man than A&F, Hollister, and AE. I actually hate the clothes from those stores. Their style is so boring and ooooh look at me I'm a trendy white kid who looks surfer and frat. Not that J Crew and Banana are that much more fashion forward. However, when you wear Banana and Guess, you don't look like you still live with your parents.swag-is-for-boys-class-is-for-men.jpg