Just caught up on your log…yeah, fuck douchebag guys, specifically the one who said that. They are the guys who think skinny celebrity chicks are hot and watch crappy staged pornstar porn (amateur is better)…anyhoo, a bit off topic…
cbear is right when she says there is a lot of information floating around that you can research on your own. I find that the most successful people at whatever goal, fitness or not, are those who take the time to plan it, learn about, and do it themselves. HOWEVER, I say that after having asked a lot of questions myself os you are not alone.
As far as fat loss goes, you are not going to get the perfect easy answer everyone wants…kinda like those new shoes they are marketing for all the lazy ass bitches out there that “work your hamstrings and calves 11% more than just walking!” (read in stupid girl voice). Everyone wants to make something that is hard and sucks and if done properly takes a fair amount of time easy. Well it really isn’t but you can definitely accomplish it.
Congrats on losing 60 lbs so far…that’s really admirable. I guess before I start saying things you already know, how did you go about starting to lose the weight? Did you do a diet plan, a severe diet, or did you just make lifestyle changes?
For me, this is what I have learned. Fat loss takes time. It can start happening just in the basic lifestyle changes (ie, eating better, eating more, eating more frequently, and getting in the gym and trianing hard). However, notice it is 3/4 about eating. When I get to a place where these things are happening and want to take it further, then I start tweaking to a specific diet and training plan. But training is not where fat loss is gonna happen…its diet. Now believe me when I say I love me some cheat food (thank you for referencing my cookie weakness!) and staying diligent on a strict meal plan is tough. However, I really think conquering just learning how to eat is the first step. Once I got my head wrapped around that, my body composition started changing. Now I am at a place where I can implement a specific diet ideology (anabolic diet) into my plan and use it as a fat loss tool, almost a year after I started. But I am not doing it in the way many figure girls or BBs do it for comp, where they lose a ton of weight, lean out, “perform”, and then gain a lot of it back plus some. It will take a lot of time for it to be stable fat loss (note not weight loss), and while I set time markers (my birthday in late Feb), that is just to see where I am at by then and evaluate. My point is that there is no perfect way for anyone to do this. It is all trial and error. But most of all it is time. And seriously, fuck time. But it is just the deal.
Do 5/3/1. There is no reason not to. Just do it hard and do it smart. And do cardio if you want. But if you are relying on cardio for fat loss, you better plan on 4Xs what you are doing now or even think it will take. When you mention full body workouts, I assume you are referring to circuit training? Not sure. My take on circuit is that it does keep the heart rate up over the period of time, but it mostly just accommodates to a lower cal diet. I don’t really think it is conducive to getting strong, but others may disagree. I suppose it all just depends on your goal. Just be consistent with your training, get your eating plan straight, and things will happen…not immediately, but they will. Patience is the most important skill I have had to learn when making this a lifestyle. And unfortunately, the chocolate and the cookies (boo) are not part of the plan. Fat loss and sweets = never going to happen.
Sorry I just rambled your fucking ears (eyes) off. I have a habit of doing this…Can’t. Stop. Typing.
BTW, what the fuck is FTW?