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What Carbs Can I Eat? How Many Calories Should I Burn During Aerobics?
I am 15 years old. About a year ago I was shorther and weighed 170 lbs. Since then I have been trying to consume fewer carbs and calories, weight train regularly, and recently I have been doing interval cardio training for about 50 minutes three times a week. I am generally satisfied with my chest, shoulders, thighs, triceps, biceps, calves, and my upper abs are okay. However, my problem is that I've never been able to get rid of the fat on my sides, lower abs, and my butt. So I have a few questions:
I have heard many times that eating fewer carbohydrates will help you lose bodyfat in addition to consuming fewer calories, so I am wondering since I am still growing should I still try to decrease my carbohydrate intake, and if not are there any carbs I should eat?
I have also heard that in order to decrease bodyfat I need to burn more calories than I consume. Does this mean that if I hypothetically consume 1,300 calories in a day then, at the end of the day, should I go on a treadmill and run until I burn up 1,310 calories?
Let us break down your questions one at a time. One of the major mistake made by young people is eating too much junk food. It sounds though that you have taken very positive steps to avoid this problem. It is true though that you should watch your intake of poor carbohydrates. Don't worry, reducing or monitoring your carbs will have no negative impact on your growth. In general you should try to minimize certain carbs and increase others. I will make a brief list below.
Poor Carbohydrate Sources:
Good Sources of Carbohydrates:
Vegetables - especially very green ones
Slow cooked oatmeal
Your second question is more important in understanding correctly. You do not want to burn all the calories you consume otherwise you won't have any for common bodily functions and recovery from exercise. Now, instead of boring you with calorie calculations for this and that let me give you some more practical advice. Even if do all the cool looking calculations for calorie consumption you have to realize that your body's demands are going to change constantly. As such, make sure you are eating 4-6 quality meals a day. This can include some protein shakes if getting that many real food meals are unreasonable. If you make sure that your meals consist of good foods and very little process or junk then you will make fantastic progress. Remember the more muscle you have on your body the higher your metabolism will be.