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    Well basically I have always been overweight and was roughly 98 kilos when I joined uni.

    Somehow I have managed to lose around 12-16 kilos without dieting or exercising.

    I would ideally want to lose another 6-8 kilos before starting a major toning up sesh which however might be interrupted with exams in May/June

    At the moment I'm doing cardio only (30-45 mins) and managed to lose 3.5 kilos in a month though I have been hogging and drinking quite a bit.

    Although this might not be the ideal way to do this since most people/fitness trainers emphasize on using weights as well but I really want to lose this weight before I build any muscle. I especially need to get rid of the weight around my stomach area.

    I'm all ears and would appreciate any advise regarding exercise and diets.
    AIM is to hit 76 kilos on the scale and yesterday I was 82 with shoes on. I'm 5'11.
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    you can lose weight cardio only - i did this, BUT you may end up 'skinny fat' where you are slim but flabby. i lost weight then built muscle - it was easier as you can see the visible muscle growing, six pack etc. if you do it the other way you will get bigger before you get smaller due to more muscle growing under the existing fat, as muscle building requires excess calories whereas weight loss requires deficit
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    (Original post by cookiedough101)
    Well basically I have always been overweight and was roughly 98 kilos when I joined uni.

    Somehow I have managed to lose around 12-16 kilos without dieting or exercising.

    I would ideally want to lose another 6-8 kilos before starting a major toning up sesh which however might be interrupted with exams in May/June

    At the moment I'm doing cardio only (30-45 mins) and managed to lose 3.5 kilos in a month though I have been hogging and drinking quite a bit.

    Although this might not be the ideal way to do this since most people/fitness trainers emphasize on using weights as well but I really want to lose this weight before I build any muscle. I especially need to get rid of the weight around my stomach area.

    I'm all ears and would appreciate any advise regarding exercise and diets.
    AIM is to hit 76 kilos on the scale and yesterday I was 82 with shoes on. I'm 5'11.
    Whats the point in losing the weight first?

    Mucsle is heavier than fat, so when you start putting on muscle to tone up, you will put weight on. May as well just start toning up now.
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    you can lose weight cardio only - i did this, BUT you may end up 'skinny fat' where you are slim but flabby. i lost weight then built muscle - it was easier as you can see the visible muscle growing, six pack etc. if you do it the other way you will get bigger before you get smaller due to more muscle growing under the existing fat, as muscle building requires excess calories whereas weight loss requires deficit
    yeah exactly you get skinny fat if you do lots of monotonous cardio as it causes you to crave sugar. trust me, don't do it. try cutting out starchy carbohydrates if you are trying to lose weight - especially bread, rice, pasta, cereals etc and keep dairy in moderation or just cut it out - you don't need it!!!

    Stick to lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, eggs, no more than 200g of nuts and no more than 100g of dried fruit per day, though if you want to lose the weight I would stay away from nuts and dried fruit at first. Keep your food natural and if you are seriously interested in losing weight, I can discuss it further, but these are more or less the core principles.
 
 
 
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