Although your diet is the single most important part of your regime, getting exercise is still very important.
There is often too much attention on working out when trying to lose weight. Going to the gym or using some other way of exercise at least 4-5 times a week is very important, but just keep in mind that if your diet isn’t also geared towards losing weight, it’s not realistic to lose weight with exercise alone.
A single meal at your local fast food joint will offset any workout session you had by about doubling the calories you just burned.
This sort of body will take some sacrifice… alot of it actually. But on the positive side, once you reach your goal (even though it’s not the chiseled look of this guy) it is so worth it!
What is the most important thing to do while at the gym?
There has been a lot of debate about what sort of cardio is best. Should you train in the “fat burning zone” or go all out? Is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) the best thing since the g-string?
My approach has been that since I am taking my time to go to the gym, I should get as much out of it as I can. So, in short, if I’m doing cardio that day, I go all out and push myself on the various machines as much as I can.
This means cycling at over 90% of my maximum heart rate for as long as I can (usually between 30-60 min).
I also use the cardio machine that gives me the biggest and hardest workout for part of my workout. The Summit Trainer from Lifefitness is one of the most demanding cardio machines on the market. I always start my workout with 15 min on this burns at least 250 calories on level 14. I’ll then finish off with 30-45 min on an exercise bike, again at around 90% of my max heart rate.
In a typical workout, I’ll burn around 600-750 calories.
A trip to my local KFC will set me back by about 1200 calories!