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2009/07/18 21:56:31 (permalink)

Cutting diet & cardio

I was wondering if cardio is absoulutely neccessary for fat loss, the reason I ask is when I perform cardio on a lower carb diet I seem to look worse compared to when I dont any cardio at all.
 
 I train weights 5 x per week resting 30 sec between each set.
 
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    All4n
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/18 22:38:53 (permalink)
    If you're loosing fat and maintaining muscle without cardio then keep at it, why would you need to add cardio if this was the case?

    So no it's not essential, it's optional. You may look worse as you're more depleted an thus your muscle look flat/soft. This is just water/glycogen being low. However, too much cardio can cause muscle loss due to increased cortisol altho obviously i can't say for certain which you experienced. When you added cardio did you loose strength?
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/18 22:42:53 (permalink)
    yeah to be honest I did lose some strength, I could have well have been overdoing it a bit. The new football season is starting soon so I will prob jus use that for a bit of kcal expenditure, doesnt seem so bad when you play a sport you love!!
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 09:58:37 (permalink)
    All4n

    If you're loosing fat and maintaining muscle without cardio then keep at it, why would you need to add cardio if this was the case?

    So no it's not essential, it's optional. You may look worse as you're more depleted an thus your muscle look flat/soft. This is just water/glycogen being low. However, too much cardio can cause muscle loss due to increased cortisol altho obviously i can't say for certain which you experienced. When you added cardio did you loose strength?


    would eating carbs pre cardio reduce cortisol release?
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 10:17:12 (permalink)
    Insulin will blunt cortisol release so yes, but take the carbs with protein as well.
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 11:29:54 (permalink)
    Been doing my cardio in the mornings and have 1 apple, 2 wholemeal bread (toast) and a protein shake. But as i'd of just woken up the glucose in my muscles will be pretty low, so do you think this is enough?  its 40g protein btw
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 11:31:41 (permalink)
    wait... i think i mean glycogen. glucose is blood sugar right?
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 12:09:48 (permalink)
    The answer is not to try to lose fat by cutting carbs.

    Cut overall calories, cut fat, but keep protein and starchy carbs. Then you'll be fine to train and do cardio.
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 13:25:57 (permalink)
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    The answer is not to try to lose fat by cutting carbs.

    Cut overall calories, cut fat, but keep protein and starchy carbs. Then you'll be fine to train and do cardio.


    How do you cut fat out of your diet if the only fat you are consuming is coming from starchy carbs and protein sources such as chicken? As obviously following your routine advice would mean ones diet is already void of all direct sources of fat.
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    Re:Cutting diet & cardio 2009/07/19 14:46:40 (permalink)
    How do you cut fat out of your diet if the only fat you are consuming is coming from starchy carbs and protein sources such as chicken? As obviously following your routine advice would mean ones diet is already void of all direct sources of fat.


    If your normal diet is devoid of 'direct sources of fat', then you reduce your starchy carbs by around 250kcals a day and initially increase your cardio by around the same.
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