Most Commonly Asked Questions
1. What should I eat?
Answer: Try not to make such a big deal. Keep it simple. For the average person you should consume approximately 1 - 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. Eggs (without yolk) are an excellent source of protein. Poultry, red meat, fish, and whey and soy protein powders are the foods and supplements needed to get quality protein. For significant weight loss a person really needs to monitor there carbohydrate intake. For example, someone who is 25 to 50 lbs overweight should not go over 100 grams of carbs per day. I would have them consume mostly oatmeal, steamed vegetables, rice or pasta for the carbs that they do need. Most importantly, keep fats and sugars to a bare minimum if any at all. Consume over 64 ounces of pure water each day to help suppress the appetite and keep all bodily functions running normal.
2. What kind of workout should I be doing?
Answer: Again, the average person who wants to make a valid effort should begin with 20 - 30 minutes of cardiovascular training 3 times per week. Preferably you should workout in the morning to kick start the metabolism. With today's busy lifestyle, it's very difficult so get it done when you can. These sessions need to consist of some intervals with high intensity to get the heart rate up. See your doctor if needed, but to burn some serious calories you probably need to have at least 120 beats per minute if not more. I always recommend resistance training as well. Again, 3 times per week breaking the body parts down into three different workouts is best. For example:
Monday: Chest, triceps.
Tuesday: Cardio session.
Wednesday: Legs, calves.
Thursday: Cardio session.
Friday: Back, biceps, delts.
Saturday: Cardio session.
*Do abdominals everyday for 10 - 15 minutes unless the muscles are sore.
*There are 168 hours in a week. These workouts will only use 4 to 5 hours of them. You are worth the investment!
I strongly suggest getting some assistance with these workouts for proper safety and technique and, more importantly, to learn a healthy lifestyle and have fun!