Well I changed my workout routine to twice/day about 3 weeks ago and the results so far are interesting.
Firstly, my sessions consist of 2 x 40 - 50 min sessions of cardio 5 days/week (1 x morning plus 1 x evening workout), and 1 x weights (morning) plus
1 x cardio (evening) 2 days/week. I will miss maybe 1 session/week (rest session). From what I have read this is a good balance if your working
towards primarily weight/fat loss and muscle gain.
The results so far are - I havent lost any weight. If anything Ive put about 1 kg on. Im probably 10kg or nearly a stone over my ideal weight.
I have gained muscle. Particularly upper body. I can see and feel I'm more defined. My blood pressure has dropped. On a bad day I would be anything
from 130 - 160/85 or thereabouts. Its now down to approx 120/74 which I understand for my age is very good (normal). I feel I have more energy during
the day. I sleep better. Friends and family I havent seen for a few weeks have actually made the comment 'you are looking really good' so I know this
new exercise is working (I used to attend gym irregularly previously btw).
The other interesting thing to note is I dont get as hungry during the day as I used to? I'm not sure what to make of this. I'm burning on average an
extra 800 - 1000 calories/day than I used to, and am eating pretty much the same breakfast and lunch as I have for the last few months, yet I seem to
now get through to lunch and then though to dinner without feeling really hungry? Prior to increasing my gym attendance I would sometimes get hunger
pangs a couple of hours before lunch and/or dinner, and maybe have a small snack, but now I just dont feel hungry until mealtime. I would have thought
my body would be screaming at me for food particularly later in the day/evening but its not. Just weird..lol..
I eat well and my diet consists of egg & cereal for breakfast, wholemeal tuna sandwich for lunch, and soup/bread or fish/chips/salad for dinner (this
varies a bit and I know the chips arent ideal). I may have a couple of choc biscuits after dinner. Ive cut back my intake of milk and drink
coffee/water at work instead of the 2-3 lattes I used to have. I drink a lot of water during the day. I no longer eat biscuits at work between lunch
and getting home for dinner. A concern I have is not cutting back too far as I know I need a certain amount of calories and nutrition to build muscle,
but again based on my current diet routine Im not losing weight. Very frustrating.
On a positive note, I know the 1kg Ive put on in total weight is less than the total weight Ive put on in muscle. Not only have I gained noticeable
muscle in the upper body but my legs also from all the treadmill work. The good thing about this is there MUST have been a trade off somewhere for me
to have only gained 1 kg in total body weight ie I MUST have lost some fat otherwise my total body weight increase would be much higher. I guess the
annoying thing for me is I'm not seeing any difference in my mid-rift which is where I would like to lose it most. In fact, my clothes generally feel
a bit tighter all round..(oh the irony lol)
So Ive decided to replace my 2 wholemeal sandwiches for lunch with 1 sandwich and an apple. I'll be cutting back on after dinner treats. I do take
other vitamins and supplements during the day so hopefully Im not going to be cutting my food intake back too far that I start to waste muscle.
One things for sure, having started with the gym on an irregular basis about 12 months ago and having done calorie-controlled diets in the past, its
become apparent to me theres a HUGE amount to know about weight loss and lots of pitfalls. I can see why people give up when they dont see results,
but Im determined not to let my body beat me.
edit on 3-11-2010 by Nonchalant because: (no reason given)