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Re: I have a fitness/working out question
      03/07/05 09:04 PM
retrograde

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Hi Ashley

Smoking can sure be an effective weight loss too eh? lol... not a HEALTHY one though, so glad to hear you've quit! good for you!

Anyway, if you've only started exercising two weeks ago I'd say give it time. There are milllions of reasons why you might not be seeing loss right away - genetics, stress, water retention etc. So yeah, just hang in there, you should see results soon.

However, your exercise program is extreme! 40 mins cardio 4-5x per week plus 2 1hr strength training sessions?! that's lots girl. In fact, that might be too much. You need to ease into exercise - going from couch to this, well your body probably doesn't like that too much, and that might be why you're not seeing any losses. You're body might very well be freaking out over all this new stress (thinking its under attack), and without increased calories to help it out, it might be gathering up fat to help restore damaged tissue from exercise - this is what exercise does, it damages muscle fibers ever so gently then causes your body to work to build them back up, creating muscle. (Thus you actually gain muscle not at the gym but while you're resting.) However if you don't give your body adequate time to rest, it doesn't have this time to create muscle and (importantly) to repair the damaged fibers. This is called overtraining.

Now if you want to just lose weight you do that by cutting calories in your diet and/or by 'killing' them with exercise. However, if you do this too much too quickly (either cutting calories in diet or exercising insensely), like I said your body will want to start storing up sugars, which will turn to fat, to help it handle the attack and repair those muscle fibers.

My advice would be SLOW DOWN and gradually work up to this much exercise if you want to over 4-6 weeks. 3x/week at 30 mins of cardio is probably more than enough, especially if you're doing any strength training. You could stick to 2x/week (30-60 mins would be sufficient, depending on how intense you go with your weight training. Be very careful if you're lifting heavy and just starting out - this is the easiest time to injure yourself!)

Make sure you're drinking lots of water too, both at the gym and all other time as well! Good luck!

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* I have a fitness/working out question
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 06:41 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
RGS
03/08/05 11:49 PM
* Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:00 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:38 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:16 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 03:57 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:09 PM
* Try starting with household objects...
Linz
03/10/05 04:37 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:30 AM
* My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/08/05 09:06 PM
* Re: My two cents
suarez
03/28/05 07:09 AM
* My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 09:23 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 09:54 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 11:04 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 12:19 PM
* Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 07:20 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 07:42 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/29/05 11:30 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 12:00 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/30/05 09:06 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/30/05 09:25 AM
* Try fitday.com...
Linz
03/29/05 07:55 AM
* Re: Try fitday.com...
suarez
03/29/05 10:16 AM
* Re: My two cents
retrograde
03/09/05 08:39 AM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:28 AM
* Re: My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:15 PM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:11 PM
* Re: My two cents
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:03 AM
* I count crunches as strength training...
Linz
03/10/05 04:33 AM
* Warning here!
Linz
03/09/05 07:33 AM
* You're right
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:12 PM
* Re: You're right
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Jane Doe
03/08/05 12:30 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
retrograde
03/07/05 09:04 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:30 AM
* Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:16 PM
* Re: Retrograde
Kimm
03/08/05 12:41 PM
* Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
retrograde
03/08/05 03:53 PM
* Sorry I'm jumping in....
epa_ginger
03/09/05 08:32 AM
* I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/09/05 03:35 PM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:05 AM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/10/05 09:33 AM
* Re: Sorry I'm jumping in....
retrograde
03/09/05 08:52 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Kimm
03/09/05 07:46 AM
* Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:22 AM
* Re: Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
retrograde
03/09/05 08:49 AM
* I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 08:14 PM
* Good for you!
epa_ginger
03/22/05 07:13 AM
* Re: I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
retrograde
03/21/05 08:47 PM
* I LOVED that cite......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 09:03 PM
* Re: Great weight training site!
Sparky
03/09/05 10:20 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Shell Marr
03/08/05 04:23 PM
* additional comment about weights
Little Minnie
03/08/05 06:28 PM
* Abs and the 'spare tire'...
retrograde
03/08/05 04:41 PM
* Question on AB excercises
Augie
03/10/05 12:01 PM
* Re: Abs and the 'spare tire'...
Shell Marr
03/08/05 05:38 PM
* Re: Retrograde
retrograde
03/07/05 09:26 PM
* I signed up for fitday
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/10/05 09:44 AM
* Re: Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:54 AM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
atomic rose
03/07/05 08:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:28 AM
* casey
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:19 PM
* Give it time!
Linz
03/08/05 05:53 AM
* thanks Linz
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:57 AM

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