I am 66-1/2 years old, so "bulking up" is not my goal. I have been doing 3 sets of 5-10 reps/exercise, with a 1 minute rest between sets. Thus, I exercise to exhaustion with each set. I do each exercise very slow, methodical, and controlled (especially the eccentric contraction).
My question is, once I can complete 10 perfect reps in the first set, should I increase the weight then, or is it better to wait until I can do all 3 sets with a perfect 10?
Since January of 2013, I've lost 80 pounds! I'm at 145 (bmi 21 hr 140) now thanks to recently getting back on a regimen, and cold turkey cutting processed and redundant foods from my diet. With variation for some days, I basically wake up to:
2 handfuls of cashews
Coffee (3 tsp of table sugar+dash of milk) and a glass of water
Handful or two of sunflower seeds, sometimes
Then I'll digest for 45 minutes to an hour, before going out for a 2-mile jog, of jogging to landmarks until I push the limit, walking and catching my breath, jogging some more, etc...
and then come home to maybe sip some more coffee, drink more water, snack on the nuts n seeds. A boiled egg. I'll let myself have some bites of whatever my partner's eating, hot dogs, pizza, concentrated sin etc.
Come dinner time, every other day so far it seems, I'll have a small portion of, say, rice and beans, with tomato sauce, and of course plenty of water.
And around sunset, when the weather is suitable and the view is nice, I go for the same jog. (Today is the first day the weather hasnt permitted, I replaced it with jumping jacks for 30 and then 45 minutes)
After I get back from that jog, I'll end up staying awake because my sleep schedule is, well, not a schedule. I'll sometimes sip more coffee, munch on nuts n seeds, another banana, some more bites of bad-for-you.
Based on this, does anyone see any particular problems that could arise from doing this for too long? Any particular kinds of food I should add to this diet to meet vitamin/nutrient requirements, any deficiencies I might run into after doing this for a while? To help me out, What *am* I getting from this? Ive been studying on my own time a lot about nutritional science, but my application of it to my current diet is minimal. According to WebMD's calorie counting food and fitness tracker, I saw something about me getting a lot carbs and not so much protein etc, what does this mean (I'm not yet well-versed in carb science) and how should I adjust the intake?
Its been about a week, I feel fine, I'm noticing a steady decrease in my weight (I was pretty much 150 a week ago), I feel like my body has been doing a good job of disposing of some long-accumulating toxins. No particular pains, minimal leg ache but not more than to be expected from jogging and jumping jacks. Some light headedness when I stand up too fast, I hear that's from cutting soda / HFCS / generally processed foods.View Thread
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I've been dieting for over a month. I began by using the Shred diet -- and found after two weeks that I wasn't losing weight;with the diet I calculated my daily caloric intake at about 2,000 calories. I cut that in half -- calculating my daily now for two weeks at about 1200 per day. Lots of fruits and vegies. I work out every other day for 30-40 minutes (running and weights). As of this week (four weeks) I have lost a total of 2 pounds. Not sure why I'm not losing more, but am thinking of cutting calories down further, below 1,000 per day. Any thoughts????View Thread
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