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Massive JP 08-14-2006 01:37 PM

Weight Loss - Questions
 
1. I'm a real big fan of chocolate. Big problem. I just can't help myself from eating chocolate, candy, chips, etc. etc. all the time... Suggestions?

2. I'm planning on starting to do 10 minutes or something per day on a stepper-type machine I have. Is that enough, along with a lesuire walk?

3. How many crunches should I start off with; I mean, I can't do many, haven't done them a lot really, but should I add 2 more per day or something?

4. I can't even do a pushup... [Okay, thats more strength, but whatever]. If I lose weight, that will make pushups easier right, because there will be less weight to push up.

BTW, I'm 5 ft 4in or something and 140lbs... :eek:

triqqey 08-15-2006 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Massive JP
1. I'm a real big fan of chocolate. Big problem. I just can't help myself from eating chocolate, candy, chips, etc. etc. all the time... Suggestions?

2. I'm planning on starting to do 10 minutes or something per day on a stepper-type machine I have. Is that enough, along with a lesuire walk?

3. How many crunches should I start off with; I mean, I can't do many, haven't done them a lot really, but should I add 2 more per day or something?

4. I can't even do a pushup... [Okay, thats more strength, but whatever]. If I lose weight, that will make pushups easier right, because there will be less weight to push up.

BTW, I'm 5 ft 4in or something and 140lbs... :eek:


Answers IMO:

1. Buy a chocolate-flavored whey protein powder if you're addicted to chocolate. Otherwise, just don't have snacks, chocolate, etc. lying around your house and try not to walk around places that sell that stuff or do the old-fashioned thought of "whenever I get a craving for that, I'll eat brocolli (or some other healthy snack that may or may not taste too good)." Really, the only time you could get away with eating a candy bar would be seconds after finishing a hard bout of cardio

2. First off, at 140 lbs, IMO you shouldn't be doing too much cardio. Leisure walks are OK, but you shouldn't consider those exercise. When you do cardio, just remember that it takes about 20 minutes or so to get into the fat-burning state. Up to 20 minutes, your body is using the fatty acids in the blood stream, glucose, etc. If you do too much cardio in one session (i.e. more than 45 minutes), then your body starts to eat away at hard-earned lean muscle tissue along with fat deposits

3. Don't worry too much about crunches. Honestly, just do crunches 3x a week at most, and train them with weights when you are able to crunch with a weight. At most, do about 4 sets of 10 - 15 crunches with a weight. Your abdominal muscles are made of the same muscles as your biceps, so why train them too much differently? At some point, doing 100 crunches a day turns into cardio more than anabolic muscle training

4. If you're having trouble doing pushups, no prob. Just start off doing a pushup against a wall and eventually working your way down the wall until you are strong enough to do a pushup off the floor. Overall, pushups are more cardio/muscle conditioning more so than muscle building. If you have access, doing barbell bench presses are a lot more beneficial, even if you can barely do one repetition with only the bar.

Finally, the most important aspect is your diet and the iron determination to make a change in your life. Good luck!

hrdgain81 08-15-2006 11:34 AM

I'll lay this out like Triggey:

1. Honestly get over it. If you cant see a brownie and not eat it you need to work that shit out. Think of it this way, what would make me feel better, eating a brownie, or not being fat?

2. There is no reason you shouldnt be doing cardio. Start out slow, and work your way up, I would go 3 times a week, around 30-40mins per session at max.

3. I wouldnt do cruches at all right now. you could do them till you pass out they wont make you any thinner. If you absolutely need to do them, throw them in with your wieght training maybe twice a week, but dont sweat them.

4. What Triggey said.

I would also add that your diet is gonna make or break you here. I'd read everything you can on this site about dieting and fatloss. there is a lot here, and you will find something to get you to your goals. All you need to do is man up and you will be fine.

hrdgain81 08-15-2006 11:56 AM

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When you do cardio, just remember that it takes about 20 minutes or so to get into the fat-burning state. Up to 20 minutes, your body is using the fatty acids in the blood stream, glucose, etc. If you do too much cardio in one session (i.e. more than 45 minutes), then your body starts to eat away at hard-earned lean muscle tissue along with fat deposits
This isnt exactly true, yes after 20min or so your body will have less blood sugar to use. However, it has no difinitive effect on fat loss. If it did, all those doing HIIT would still be fat.

Also as far as burning muscle goes, there isnt much to burn for you at this point JP. You will need to worry about this later down the road when your all buffed up and jacked though.

Massive JP 08-15-2006 02:34 PM

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1. Honestly get over it. If you cant see a brownie and not eat it you need to work that shit out. Think of it this way, what would make me feel better, eating a brownie, or not being fat?
Amusingly, I hate brownies...but I get your point. Maybe I over-exxagarated(sp)... I don't eat chocolate ' all the time ', i just think I do, probably 3-4 times a week... :(

2. To Triggey: Why not?

3. Ok...

4. Once again, ok...

BTW, its funny... I probably spend more time outdoors than anyone I know... but its more-less exploring ( don't ask, rocks ) than exercise, but whatever.

triqqey 08-16-2006 01:31 PM

for #2, first off what hrdgain said was true, but MassiveJP was talking about using a stairmaster machine. Technically you could do HIIT on that machine, but it would be a lot more difficult to do HIIT on a stairmaster than just doing all-out sprints.
If you want to keep doing a whole lot of cardio, that's your choice, I just stated that it was IMO, meaning "in my opinion." At 140 lbs, it would be better for you to be more focused on building and maintaining lean muscle tissue. While building more muscle on your frame (and I'm assuming you have a genetically high metabolism), you won't have to worry too much about cardio until later. That is, unless you want to be very skinny. If that's the case, by all means up the cardio.

Massive JP 08-16-2006 03:04 PM

I have low metabolism... because even when i don't eat a whole lot and exercise , I still don't lose any....

I'm not going to go completely into bodybuilding, just weightlifting a bit, so I'd want to do cardio I guess, what do you think?

neria 08-16-2006 11:08 PM

hey me too, I have a very low metabolism. And the problem is I really eat a lot. whew.. I guess we have something in common huh.
(Dont wanna mention my weight though):02:

And I cant take away myself from burgers..

sweilem 08-17-2006 02:11 AM

fat loss was a big headache to me as i had a big tummy and i had to hear about it everyday from my wife,,lol, anyways, i will share with you what really worked with me after all,
1- you have to work out daily and sweat! keep yourself sweating through the time you exercise.
2- have a high protein diet, cut off the white bread and rice and other bad fats. stick to whole grain bread.
3- you might want to use l-crinitine to urge your body to burn fat.
4-drink lots of water, minimum 2liters daily.
5-leave 3hours minimum between your last meal and your bed time

i hope this helps, if im wrong in anypoint then anybody is welcome to correct me,i got to go now
cheers!

sweilem 08-17-2006 02:19 AM

one thing i forgot to mention, you have to divide your meals into 6 or even 7 meals a day, keep them small portions, and this will send a message to your body not to store food as fat coz there is another meal on the way,beleive me this really works, eat more, but small portions 7 times a day and you will loose weight...you will be amazed what your body can do.


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