Thursday, October 16, 2003

Weight loss & Cardio help!!!?

I do 45 mins of cardio on the exercise bike every day at the gym.. i change up the resistance levels throughout the 45 minutes to challenge myself - ive been doing this about 2 weeks now, along with adding weight training throughout my body 3x a week and really havent seen much change in my legs or body overall -- at times i feel even my legs have gotten bigger, not smaller.. is this a good weight loss tool? am i doing something wrong? Should i switch cardio machines to start losing weight in my legs [my trouble spot]

Answer on Weight loss & Cardio help!!!?

Your exercise routine sounds good, however, I can't say for sure because I am not sure what your strength training routine consists of. I would personally switch up your cardio day to day, try intervals on the treadmill (sprint 1 minute and rest 1-2 minutes for 7 rounds) or you can do this on a bike if you prefer. Strength training should probably be circuit type training (alternate between upper and lower body exercises) with very little rest between each exercise. For example, squats, seated row, hamstring curls, shoulder press is a good circuit to start with. In 2 weeks you should have seen some results, however, if your diet isn't good this could be the problem. Eliminate all crappy carbohydrates such as sugar, pop, candy, processed foods, cereal, bagels, waffles, pancakes, granola bars, pop tarts, muffins, alcohol and you will notice and even bigger difference. Focus only on eating protein and vegetables at every meal. Save 1oz nuts and berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries) for snacks or sugar cravings. Good luck!