Trying to decide on fitness goals

  • sfboy987

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    May 18, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    Alright, I know I've posted similar threads before, but I'm trying to decide on my fitness goals. My goal is to lose body fat, and eventually become lean and toned. I'm currently 20 yr, 5'8, 152 lbs, and I recently found out my body fat percantage is around 19%. I know I am not obese, but I still want to lose all this excess body fat. I went to get my body fat measured at my gym 24 hour fitness, and I talked to the trainer about my goals. I told him I work out about 3 times a week lifting weights and doing 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill. I try to maintain a balanced diet of about 2000 calories a day eating good foods like milk, ceral, veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, etc. After I told him all this he told me in order to lose weight I need to eat less, and he recommended consuming about 1600-1700 calories a day while working out. That would burn about a pound of fat a week. Although I have read before that I need to eat less to burn fat, I thought I had to eat a high amount of calories to lose fat because my body needs fuel to burn when I work out.


    I have been trying to lose weight for the past few months. I was 160 a few months ago and now I am 152, and I did that using my regular workout routine and diet (1900-2000 calories a day). I am not sure how much of that weight was body fat, but I noticed a little change on my body. I am going to leave the country for a few 2 months in June, and I most likely won't have access to a gym during that time. Therefore, I am trying to take full advantage of the next 4 weeks. My main question now is what do I do? I really want to get rid of this excess fat, but like I have said before I am so confused by all the different information people have told me. Do I follow whatr the trainer told me and eat less or not? Any advice will help thanks.
  • sfboy987

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    May 18, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Oh and one last thing, people have recommended that I eat more and bulk up but I do NOT want to do this because I know if I gain muscle I would also gain fat. I do not want to gain anymore fat because I already have too much as it is.
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    May 18, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    choose a goal, just one and work towards that goal

    You want to lose weight, then choose routines that will move you towards that end goal.

    Forget the confusing shit you'll get from people, focus on one thing and work towards it

    You'll hear lots of people give you recommendations, but at the end of the day its about what you want not what we want.
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    May 18, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    I'm starting a "diet" too. I'd like to get my weight down a little bit as well I'm around 180 now, and i think somewhere around 165-170 would be a good performance weight. That would equal about 95 lbs of weight loss from my peak weight.

    You really don't have far to go and when you don't have far to go, losing weight can be difficult. Figure out your Basal Metabolic rate which will tell you the minimum number of calories you should be consuming a day. 6 small meals a day is a pretty good rule of thumb...you'd be averaging about 270 calories per meal, but as long as you're eating every 2-3 hours, you won't be hungry enough to eat much more than that. I think in weight loss, the key is to eat to avoid hunger, rather than waiting until you're hungry to eat. If you wait until you're starving you tend to eat more, plus your body is in that fat storing mode. Both refined sugars and artificial sweetners stifle weight loss progress (don't let the lower calorie counts on sugar free sweets fool you). If you can, work with foods that are natural. I do a lot more cutting and chopping than anything else when I'm trying to lose weight. I use salsas, hummus, and as well as an olive oil based dip (good fat) to make things such as vegetables more interesting. I also use my steamer...a lot, the nastiness on various meats drip right into the tray, and I can dump it out rather than put it in my body. Plus it's a quick and easy way to cook for a lot of foods, brocolli, cauliflower, and stuff like that are done within about 6 minutes. Chicken takes about 30. Vary your caloric intake so your metabolism doesn't get comfortable, just make sure when you consume more calories, they're quality calories. I'd imagine at your weight, you certainly wouldn't want to go below 1600-1700 calories I'd think. But I'm not an expert.

    Hope that helps some. Writing that out was kind of motivating for me since I tend to get comfortable with the fact that I'm running 30 miles per week so I can get away with eating some junk.

  • sfboy987

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    May 18, 2009 7:53 AM GMT
    I want to lose body fat for the next 4 weeks. I guess my main concern is if I should eat more or less. I thought I had to eat more to burn fat, but this trainer at my gym told me otherwise. Again any advice helps thanks
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    May 18, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
    depends on how much your eating compared to how much your burning.

    find out what your BMA then how many calories your burn day to day doing stuff and then how many calories you eat.