Yep, count me in the group that was afraid of no cardio during phase 1.
I was running a couple of times a week before starting livefit...along with some other random cardio (Zumba, aerobics, Tabata) and I just knew I'd gain weight if I stopped and followed Jamie's eating and workout program.
I did not gain weight, it stabilized. I did lose inches. I did feel like I was eating all of the time, but I got used to it as the program progressed, my hunger increased.
I would suggest you follow the program...you will be surprised :)
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Hi:) I would say that two of the most common things that come up when people start is struggling with not doing cardio and truly eating a volume of clean food. We are conditioned to believe more cardio and less food for results.
As YAKISQUAW posted, the first phase is intended to be a muscle building phase. You are building your foundation in terms of muscle. I occasionally did some cardio because I struggled with it too, but quickly found that I was getting results without it. You may notice even a little gain from the muscle growth, but see inch loss. So, if you choose to add cardio I would not do much and avoid HIIT. Even in phase 2 you will be doing medium intensity cardio, for only 4/30-minute sessions per week. You don't want to spin your wheels and not see optimal muscle growth.
A beautiful thing happens as you progress through the program. I found that the increased muscles helped me in my cardio workouts. The body was stronger and I was able to do activities that I struggled with prior to starting. You also realize that you don't HAVE to do as much cardio as before to see results. You are still getting in what your body needs, just not hours on end:)
Congrats on your success in your journey. I am excited for you with LiveFit. When I did the first round I was much heavier, so although I had great results I had more fat to lose (still am working on that). Bet you will see that muscle development quickly:) If I were you, I would go with the program as closely as possible.
Personally, I would follow the plan. My situation is similar to yours. I was completely out of shape and worked a few months kind of doing my own thing with cardio and weight training. I needed to change things up because things started to stall and I ran across livefit. I was unsure about not doing cardio for a full 4 weeks but decided to follow the program as written since Jamie Eason is a professional and I am not. Just my opinion and what I decided. I am now in week 7 with one day of exercises left before starting week 8. I have just started seeing my weight go down on the scale but have seen HUGE gains in muscle and I have lost quite a bit of fat. I suggest sticking with the program just the way it is. The first 2 weeks are designed to get your muscles ready for lifting heavy. Then you move on to actually building muscle mass. I think that I read if you do the cardio you could inhibit muscle growth during this time. I don't know if you are on face book but there is a page that I am part of that is made up of others that are doing the live fit program. It has been very helpful to me.
It is a closed group and you have to request to be added. Check it out!
Edited by: YAKISQUAW at: 8/3/2012 (08:31)
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I cant find the post in general aboutcardio and the facebook link didn't work. Please help! Ive been out of shape for 15 yoears and havbeen working my butt off the past one and a half months and am FINALLY starting to be able to do bootcamp and interval without feeling like I'm dying. I cannot 100% give up cardio. Will this work? Add extra calories andcut back on cardio from 7-8 hours a week to 2-3?
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