Let me know if this makes sense...and if it will work. And what I'm doing wrong.
I've stopped gaining weight for the past couple of weeks. I've cut back the calorie intake to around 3000 cals a day. I'm trying to make them cleaner calories also. The ratio is somewhere around 40/30/30 (carbs/fats/protein).
I'm doing a 5x5 routine on Mon/Wed/Fri. I'm going to start doing cardio at the end of each workout. 3 miles at the end of every workout until I get down to 7 minute miles or under in the next week or so. Then I'll swim for 2 or 3 weeks, then cycle for a few weeks, then go back to the treadmill. And maybe mix it up a little also. It will be 20-30 minutes of cardio. Followed by lots of stretching...it's my new favorite thing to do.
Bromelain & Papaya enzymes
Glucosamin & Chondroitin
(Only pre) Citrulline Malate
(Only pre) Beta Alanine
So my questions are....
1. Will I be able to lose weight at 3000 calories doing cardio 3 days a week?
2. Should I do cardio 5 days a week?
3. If 3000 calories is too much, what number should I cut the cals to?
4. At what point will I start to lose muscle mass?
5. Lots of people say it is difficult to cut fat and put on muscle at the same time...but not impossible. Should I be doing my cardio at a specific time of day? I know it will jump start my metabolism if I do it in the morning, but would I burn more calories doing it right after my workout?
6. Carbs & protein in the morning, protein & some carbs @ lunch, and protein, fats & veggies, etc. at night? I'm doing my workouts in the evening.
EDIT: My stats: 5'9", 168lbs, 21 years old.........looking to cut 10lbs...or maybe 15