C.V. Heartrate for Fat Loss
I'm off on my hols in 6weeks and I'd like to lose about 12-14lbs before going. My diet is sorted and I'm planning to carry out the following training regime:
Mon PM: 45mins Weights followed by 30mins Cardio
Tues PM: 1-2hrs Outdoor Cycling
Wed PM: 45mins Weights followed by 30mins Cardio
Thur PM: 1-2hrs Outdoor Cycling
Fri PM: 45mins Weights followed by 30mins Cardio
Sat AM: 1hr Cardio
Sun AM: 1hr Cardio
I don't think I'll struggle to lose the WEIGHT, but I'd obviously like to lose a higher percentage of FAT than MUSCLE. I've therefore bought a heartrate monitor so that I can do my cardio at the optimum level for BF reduction/muscle preservation.
Anyway, I recieved it yesterday and set about calculating my minimum and maximum training levels of 60% to 70% of maximum, which equated to 116-136 BPM. However, when I came to do my cardio last night I found that, when jogging very slowly, my heartrate was at around 165 BPM. I therefore ended up slowing down the treadmill so that I was walking briskly rather than jogging, and found that my heartrate was still between 140-150 BPM (72-77% Max HR). Rather than slowing down further I carried on for the full 30mins at this speed.
My questions are as follows:
1) Does this sound right (i.e. 140-150BPM for fast walking)?
2) Should I continue at this level, reduce or increase speed?
3) Can I expect to achieve significant BF reduction training at this level?
Please give your opinions, as everyone else in the gym seems to be jogging/running while I'm power-walking with the old grannies!!!