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Would you be expecting me to lose weight going to the gym 3 x per week?

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 15-Jul-13 13:25:09

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milktraylady Tue 16-Jul-13 13:18:06

I started using weights after reading this book- smart girls do dumbbells.

Lots of research backed up info & how to lift properly so you don't do any damage.

A great plan in it to get you started.

Although I still think trx is a better workout as you are using all your body weight to some degree.

So it's really easy to make exercises harder or easier. Plus you don't need to remember what kg each exercise you are at, like you need to with free weighs or machine weights. (I have appalling memory & have to walk round the gym with my workout card every time!)

I agree with pp (on phone, told you my memory was rubbish!) that cardio isn't great for losing weight. I think it is good for your cardiovascular health ie your heart, circulation, getting the blood moving in all parts of your body.

But to tone up and be more lean- healthy eating & weights will give you much better results.

Sleepwhenidie Tue 16-Jul-13 12:58:55

another interesting article there are lots in same vein if you google something like cardio vs weight training smile

Sleepwhenidie Tue 16-Jul-13 12:40:42

Sorry mermaid, thought you meant 1 hr total. What you describe isn't so much calorie wise then. I still think it is a very poor use of time at the gym though. You would do better using your hour with a five min jog or row to warm up, 20-30 mins weights (free weights best, get some instruction if you need it) then 12-20 mins high intensity intervals, not using the effort you can sustain for 5 mins but harder, you should be desperate for one minute to end...then recover for 1-2 mins and repeat. Shorten the recovery time to one min and increase the total time spent as you get fitter. Then do 5-10 mins doing some core strength stuff-planks etc and stretching.

3-4 times a week of this plus good diet made up mainly of lots of lean protein and veg should make a difference. Try it for a month or so....

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 16-Jul-13 10:05:27

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 16-Jul-13 10:03:17

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BIWI Tue 16-Jul-13 09:13:30

At 5ft 6in, and a BMI of 21, that means you probably weigh around 9 stone 4lbs. Is this right?

You are at the low end of desirable, which means you don't have much weight to lose!

Exercise only counts for 15-20% of weight loss, and diet is much more important.

This is an interesting blog about fat and exercise

Sleepwhenidie Tue 16-Jul-13 09:04:36

Also, more muscle means the opposite result to calorie restriction, calorie restriction over time means your body will adapt to working on less calories, leading to a constant battle with your appetite to keep your weight down - this gets even harder as you age and lose muscle tissue due to hormonal changes. Muscles built and maintained through weight training burn more calories, so you can eat more (within reason wink) without gaining lbs. win win!

Sleepwhenidie Tue 16-Jul-13 08:55:25

talkinpeace is talkin sense as usual smile. Bear in mind when looking at all these figures that you need a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose 1lb of weight.

Sorry but unless you are working very very hard it is highly unlikely you are burning 600 calories between those machines, if you stayed on one machine you may have a chance but just the time lost changing between them would mean you are probably only actually working for 50 minutes or so. To do that and burn 600 calories is pretty intense work for someone who, I am guessing, is around 9 stone. The elliptical machine is particularly notorious for over-estimating calorie burn btw.

It is also likely that you are underestimating calories consumed and if you are, even by, say 200 calories a day (not much) then that would be cancelling out the calories burnt through exercise.

Having said all this...if your BMI is 21 then you probably don't really need to lose weight, although you may need to lose fat smile. Have you thought about weight training? This, using heavy weights, with some HIiT added in, will change your shape to one you much prefer, sculpting (not bulking) muscles and you will shrink, even if you don't lose weight. Do this alongside avoiding sugar and processed food, aiming for lowish carb, lots of lean protein and you will probably get better results more easily than calorie counting.

milktraylady Tue 16-Jul-13 08:10:59

Mermaid that would be great, but I'm not currently using it- as I have a 13 week old baby & I am giving myself lots of time to recover!

I really want to get started on the wobbly tummy but just don't have the energy or bf going well enough yet to leave her. (She doesn't really nap)

I can't believe I do actually miss exercising!

During her birth I worked out I did 3000 squats (in the water pool pushing on the side for a few hours).
I figured this out because I couldn't walk for the first week & had the most amazingly shaped bum! And all cellulite gone!

However I don't think I will be doing 3000 squats ever again!

NoelHeadbands Mon 15-Jul-13 21:57:53

Why oh why would they name it Fartlek confused. There wasn't a better name?

Mintyy Mon 15-Jul-13 21:44:24

No wonder you've lost so much weight!

Talkinpeace Mon 15-Jul-13 21:39:01

because my BMI just went under 20 ....
Also I always calculate my TDEE on light exercise because when I'm working I sit the whole time

MFP = Myfitnesspal

Mermaid : it is definitely the hidden sugars and the TEENY allowances of fats that catch people out!

milktraylady Mon 15-Jul-13 20:40:05

Ooooh what's MFP?

Mintyy Mon 15-Jul-13 20:08:02

Talkin - how come your tdee is 1500?

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 15-Jul-13 19:57:52

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 15-Jul-13 19:55:11

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Talkinpeace Mon 15-Jul-13 17:57:55

If your TDEE is 1859 and you are under 5'5" then I'm afraid you have been eating more than that amount
I am 5'5" and my TDEE is 1500

what we have learned from the 5:2 threads is that peoples estimates of how many calories are in their meals are out by up to 40%
their guess as to how many grammes their portions are - ditto

a pub ploughmans / pie / main course is around 1000 calories on its own
a large glass of wine is 200 calories

if you WERE eating 1100 calories in a day, you would have a BMI under 20

Rosa Mon 15-Jul-13 17:30:06

If you are like me ...Eat more than what you are extra fruit and veg keep up the exercise and it might shift. Good luck .. its taken me a year to find out why the 'f' its not shifting and I am not eating enough!!!!,

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 15-Jul-13 17:17:09

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EhricLovesTeamQhuay Mon 15-Jul-13 16:54:19


EhricLovesTeamQhuay Mon 15-Jul-13 16:54:04

Oh and before anyone says it you won't be gaining muscle by going to the gym, and fat doesn't weigh less than muscle! But you might be retaining wat as your muscles repair themselves.

ohforfoxsake Mon 15-Jul-13 15:29:41

Rather than going by weight go by your measurements. I'm sure you'll see a difference in your shape before you do on the scales.

Thistledew Mon 15-Jul-13 15:15:24

Sorry, maybe not half a kilo a week, more like a fortnight.

milktraylady Mon 15-Jul-13 15:15:19

Yes there's a lot about your body type & how you burn energy.

Eating healthy, not drinking, then productive exercise WILL make a difference to your body. Stick at it, at least 4 weeks.

Your metabolism will slowly change to adjust to operating with the new conditions you are giving it.

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