I've been a member for a rather long time now, but it's only been about 4 months ago that I've finally mentally gotten to the state where I was able to try becoming a healthier, leaner, me. What I'd like is some feedback on how I've done over the past 4 months (that is was that the right way, should I expect anything out of the ordinary - I'm happy with the results I've gotten so far).
So, in July, I got at about 218 pounds (99 kg), being 5"11 inches (180 cm) tall. I've decided to cut my calorie intake to about 4300 kj (~1020 calories), eating at least every 3 hours during the day, and done that without any kind of smooth transition. I also did about 30-45 minutes on the bike 5-6 days a week for about a month. Thereafter, I had a weaker patch, where I ate more than I should (or worse than I should, rather than more - chocolate etc), but always staying far from what I've had as a norm before. I'm getting back to reasonable numbers now, some 6000-7000 kj (~ 2000 calories) per day. As for work out, since I stopped cycling (getting cold): indoor soccer once a week, I'd say medium intensity, gym twice a week, about 15-30 minutes of cycling, then some back/abs oriented workout, by which I'm trying to focus on my torso strength, so when I get to my final weight, I can focus on building up some muscle without fear. I'm at about 187 pounds now, never having gained weight since the start (stalled for over a month though), my body fat being at about 27% (could someone post some reference 27% pictures? I believe the scale might be misleading me), although I've been able to calculate it at some 24-5% (using some circumference formulas I found)
1) First thing I've done wrong is the instant transition at the beginning, can I expect some kind of negative effects of this in the future? Be it weight gain due to muscle loss or something else?
2) also, the way I've gotten of track recently with my diet, if it tricked the body somehow, what is my body thinking now
3) and now I'm not sure about whether doing cardio and then working out (with the intention of getting a healthier torso) is good (all in one session). I'm aiming at losing another 11 to 18 pounds before thinking about where to go from there (probably abs/shoulders/overall fitness)
I've found a few links about 3) like www_discussfitness_com/forums/f73/cardio-and-weight-training-all-in-the-same-day-37938.html (can't hyperlink, not enough posts
) still thought it might be worth asking.
thanks for your time