Hey - first post, wasn't sure if I should put it in 'cardio' forum or 'weight loss' - hopefully someone can give me some real world advice.
I'm 39, fairly average/good shape - but way too much belly fat, (210 pounds - should be 185). Had a full medical checkup, stress test, echo and everything else a few months ago - only problem was high cholesterol - but I have low resting HR and good BP 110 / 65. However I had a BAD tooth infection at the time - and i've read that your body will produce more cholesterol to protect against oral bacteria - i'll get my C checked again next month.
I recently decided to LOSE THE WEIGHT - so i moved into a hotel for 3 weeks and have been focused solely on exercise and dropping the pounds (boot camp if you will)..
In the mornings I do:
- 60 min on elliptical (HR around 125)
- 20 min on upright bike (HR 118)
- 20 min treadmill (HR 118)
- 20 min (new machine that bounces) (HR 135)
In the afternoons I come back and do strength training with weights, and a light swim in the pool.
At nights (12 hrs later) I do:
- 30 min elliptical
- 30 min upright bike
- 10 min (new machine)
- 20 min reclining bike
- 30 min treadmill
This gives me 4hrs total cardio.
For breakfast I eat pretty much whatever I want - there's a delicious buffet here - I try to make good choices - but also allow some fats in there, and protein.. no red meats.
For a snack I have two apples, and for dinner I have a ceaser salad or goats cheese salad.
I rarely feel hungry.
I'm on my 7th day (of 21 days here) and I feel GREAT.. Yes I'm fatigued at night - and yes I'm VERY tired after my workouts - but I keep mixing up the machines so I don't get an injury (not too long on any one machine) - and i listen to my body.. I stay WELL hydrated. My sleep has also been great.
I feel comfortable at the 3.5 - 4hr range (i can't do a min more) - but was recently reading horrible stuff on the net about losing weight too fast:
- gallstones from cholesterol being dumped
- heart problems or blockages from cholesterol dump
- diabetes from sudden weight loss
- loss of hair
- you name it - it's out there - and honestly it's scaring me a bit.
as of yet - i haven't seen dramatic weight loss (not weighing - just looking in mirror) but i do see some toning up, and slimming down.
is it negative, bad, dangerous to stick to what i'm doing now? certainly don't want to wreck my health... should i tone it down some - or if my body feels okay should i go for it?
one day i woke up and my body was just tired - so i listened and didn't work out in the morning.. for the evening workout i was HYPED and ready to roll. another day i tried to do more than 4hrs and almost had a panic attack - so i backed off.
thanks for advice!!!