- Sep 4, 2014
Which is crazy because I don't count calories. However I know I typically burn 500-600 calories during my cardio workouts(or so the machine tells me). I have no idea how many I burn during resistance training but the pace I keep is nearly that of a light jog judging from the way my heart rate feels.
The other thing that crossed my mind the other day about calories is if you get cumulative credit so to speak and not just a daily result. For example I still have 2 light beers a day and eat one sleeve of spicy peanuts with my late morning feeding. My guess is between the beer and peanuts it's probably 400 calories a day(empty calories). If I ceased those 2 items for a month it would be about 12,000 calories total or about 3.5#.
Really hate to give those items up as they help break up the psychological stress of other cravings and the 2 beers are really the only time I get to talk to my wife alone.
I guess if I get to a sticking point which I'm expecting along the way I could delete them and see if it gets me closer to my goal.
If it’s working, then I’d continue. As you said, at some point you may hit a wall or want to just slim down a little more. In that case, don’t cut them out entirely(for the reasons Layla suggests), but leave them as a weekend treat only. I had to do it with pasta, rice, wine, beer, etc. It may seem tough, but it will really help you enjoy them when you get them and your body and mind will adjust right back on Monday. But you’re already handling it very well by identifying what you can and cannot live without.
Also, on your part about keeping your heart rate up, that’s so important. I mentioned sticking it to trainers at my old Gold’s. It was because they weren’t teaching this to their clients and some of their clients began asking about my routine that they would watch. The trainers said I had to be juicing to keep that pace. In reality, they just don’t want someone to get in shape that quickly because it eliminates their relevance. So I decided to train, “not train”, then for free purely out of spite. Unless you’re strictly looking for strength, extended rests in between sets is very counterproductive. If nothing else, it forces you to do more straight cardio because you’ve allows your heart rate to decline. Especially at this stage of the game, and for people working, it only makes sense to effectively do two things at once.