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Do I Need Cardio?


#1

Let me start by stating my intentions: I was diagnosed 2 years ago as a Diabetic. The past 2 years I Have worked myself into the best shape in my life since maybe 1992. My goal is to lose as much body fat as possible and be somewhere below 10% or so any stay away from insulin shots for as long as I can. Being a diabetic my Diet is Great. I have eliminated all the nasty stuff. So far I have kept the disease well under control.

I had no problem getting down to around 14%-17% BF but have been stuck there for awhile.

MY question is this. Do I really need cardio? My workout is Charles Staley's Escalting Density Training. I wear a heart monitor at all times dutring my workout and since EDT does not allow for much rest my Heart rate remains anywhere between 120-150 for most of my 45-60 minute workout. Since my workout keeps my Heart Rate at 70%-80% my max for 45-60 minutes I am getting my cardio along with my weightlifting right?

I am afraid that if I start running 45 minutes a day along with my weightlifting I will be overtraining. By the way my EDT workout is a 3 day split 2x per week for a total of 6 times per week..I can still see some progress but it has slowed considerably!!

Any comments!!Additional cardio or not??

Thanks for the Help!

Tracy


#2

Why is it either no cardio or cardio every day?

You could just run the days you don't lift.

Lots of people can get below 10% w/o cardio, I don't know anything about diabetes or how this would complicate things.

If progress is slowing, try cutting your calories by a hundred or so and see if that works.

Running a few miles would also effectively create that caloric deficit.

I want to say elevated heart rate due to weightlifting is slightly different than true energy systems work, but I wouldn't swear to that or be able to explain why.