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Friday, January 14, 2011

So my goal is to lose 65 lb, 1 lb = 3500 calories that are needed to be burned. Let the math begin.

65lb x 3500 = 227,500 calories needed to burn . . . &#$@!

I want to lose the weight in 3 months
227,000/3 = 75,833

There are four weeks in a month
75,833/4 = 18,958

I am working out six days a week
18,958/6 = 3159

My daily burn goal is 3159. I am going to raise it to 3500 that I have to burn before I will leave the gym. I also wear a pedometer an aim to hit over 10,00 steps every day.

It helps me to have goal numbers that I can quantify with my heart rate monitor and pedometer. I do not like to rely on the machines for my calorie count or just being on the machine for X amount of time.

This in addition to keeping accurate count of my calories should help me to reach my goal in the time frame that I set for myself.
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    wooo, i loved aimless's comment, but am sure that you can find a good common ground there! Good luck, and I'm sure you can do it!
    2653 days ago
    i am lost? but... you go girl!!!! emoticon
    2656 days ago
  • CJEEP98
    Muscle mass in not an issue I am freakishly strong. The number of calories that I need to burn does not scare me. I am an ex-gymnast, cheerleader and use to work out 6 hours a day. With coaching you are constantly moving and lifting athletes. That is part of my problem. My body was use to such a high level of activity.
    2656 days ago
    Some counter math to add into your equations before you get into trouble:)

    The average ideal weight for a 5'7" 30 year old woman is 135 lbs.
    Assuming 67 lbs overweight (202), the calories from food required per day to maintain this weight while undergoing heavy levels of exercise is 2864.5.

    If this same woman cuts her caloric intake to just 1400 daily, she will have shaved off 1464.5 daily and should expect to lose about 3 pounds a week by shaving 10251.5 calories weekly out of her diet. So if this woman were after what you are suggesting, she would only need to exercise 8706.5 calories off a week to complete your weekly goal, less than half of the figure you're scaring yourself with.

    That said, you reeeeally don't want to burn this much. The body has safeguards against this sort of activity and you will end up losing muscle mass and bone mass long before you lose fat when you work this hard. You're talking about daily about what a professional sumo wrestler does in a day (1400), and about what an elite (world competitive) marathoner burns in an hour of nonstop running.... that's craaaaaaazy high.

    If you're setting the goal in that time frame for service readiness, you may want to consider relying on the alternate test for body fat, which would mean moderately high caloric burn and a 6 day a week strength training to raise lean muscle mass (which burns calories all by itself and eats fat alive). Not only would that achieve what you're after, you'll look a whole lot better and you won't have to work as hard in the long run because you'll be developing your body to want to release carbs, rather than just cannibalizing your reserves like an intense cardio/light strength routine would.
    2656 days ago
    How do you burn that much at the gym? I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and only burned 335!
    2656 days ago
    what is 40 x 3500? Numbers are useful because they are constant. You have lofty goals! Do you have a lot time to be active? Looking for tips;) Mary
    2656 days ago
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