Am I Not Fit Enough?

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hakim667
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I’m male, 5,7, and currently weigh 83.8kg.

I have some fat on me, and a bit of love handles, not much muscle.

2 weeks ago, started doing cardio in an attempt to lose weight. Here’s how it went down until now;

Week 1
(Mon-Thursday): 3km in 20:00 minutes time.
(Saturday): Quarter Marathon, 10.6km in ~80 minutes

Week 2 (this week)
(Monday-Wednesday): 5km in 33 minutes
(Thursday): 5Km in 30 minutes
(Friday): 7Km in 40 minutes

I’m going to go on my third week tomorrow.

Based on what you guys see, are these good times for a heavily overweight beginner?

The internet is filled with mixed answers and I can’t really seem to come to a conclusion.

Also, I don’t really feel challenged when doing this, should I increase my speed in these long distance runs?.
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First of all op you are a bit overweight but I wouldn't say heavily
I think it's not a big deal if you're not massively challenged because you need to take things things slowly if you haven't any experience beforehand

There's no single answer but what you should do is set targets for how much you want to lose and s timescale and adjust your exercise (and diet) plans accordingly
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Find a group easy exercise class. I joined one located at a local community college not far away once a week.
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I don't know enough about running to tell you if those times are good or not, but if running performance is important to you, in my opinion the main thing is that you keep improving your times on a known distance. As in, you can't compare your times on different distances. Even if you're not feeling challenged now, in order to keep improving your times, you'll have to gradually get faster, and you'll eventually start feeling challenged.

I wouldn't compare to other people as they're in completely different circumstances to you. Most people that post their running times online will probably be avid runners and in good shape. I say just focus on improving yourself, compared to yourself.
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You're doing fine. I would advise though that strength-training exercises are more effective for rapid weight-loss.
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You're doing fine. I would advise though that strength-training exercises are more effective for rapid weight-loss.
Actually I'd say strength training is playing the long game, rather than "rapid". The added muscle means your body burns more calories even while at rest, so it's easier to keep the weight off. But building an appreciable amount of muscle takes a few years of consistent training. Rapid weight loss will still be achieved faster with more cardio and eating less.
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If you personally don’t feel challenged, you can try upping the length or decreasing how much time you’ll allow yourself to complete each exercise. It might help to go to a gym with specialised weights, though obviously that’s not a requirement.

I do want to add, though you didn’t mention it, that to lose weight you’ll need to be in a calorie deficit diet, if you aren’t planning on gaining muscle. But don’t immediately make all your portions tiny to compensate for the decrease in calories, as this will just leave you hungry and more likely to want to binge. Make your portions as you usually do and slowly decrease the size, whilst ensuring you find them delicious and that they’re healthy - don’t just go eating unseasoned chicken and plain rice every day!

I hope you have the best of luck on your weight loss journey!
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(Original post by hakim667)
I’m male, 5,7, and currently weigh 83.8kg.

I have some fat on me, and a bit of love handles, not much muscle.

2 weeks ago, started doing cardio in an attempt to lose weight. Here’s how it went down until now;

Week 1
(Mon-Thursday): 3km in 20:00 minutes time.
(Saturday): Quarter Marathon, 10.6km in ~80 minutes

Week 2 (this week)
(Monday-Wednesday): 5km in 33 minutes
(Thursday): 5Km in 30 minutes
(Friday): 7Km in 40 minutes

I’m going to go on my third week tomorrow.

Based on what you guys see, are these good times for a heavily overweight beginner?

The internet is filled with mixed answers and I can’t really seem to come to a conclusion.

Also, I don’t really feel challenged when doing this, should I increase my speed in these long distance runs?.
If it isnt challenging then you should add something to your runs, whether it be distance or weight. Also HIIT can be useful
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(Original post by hakim667)
I’m male, 5,7, and currently weigh 83.8kg.

I have some fat on me, and a bit of love handles, not much muscle.

2 weeks ago, started doing cardio in an attempt to lose weight. Here’s how it went down until now;

Week 1
(Mon-Thursday): 3km in 20:00 minutes time.
(Saturday): Quarter Marathon, 10.6km in ~80 minutes

Week 2 (this week)
(Monday-Wednesday): 5km in 33 minutes
(Thursday): 5Km in 30 minutes
(Friday): 7Km in 40 minutes

I’m going to go on my third week tomorrow.

Based on what you guys see, are these good times for a heavily overweight beginner?

The internet is filled with mixed answers and I can’t really seem to come to a conclusion.

Also, I don’t really feel challenged when doing this, should I increase my speed in these long distance runs?.
I think you're looking at this all wrong. You're significantly overweight, particularly given you say you don't have much muscle: you could easily be 12-15kg overweight. It's impossible to gauge how fit you are when you're carrying so much excess baggage.

I would concentrate on getting your diet right, and the energy restriction needed to lose this much weight before worrying about 'how fit' you are. Being more active is great, and to be encouraged, but you lose weight by diet, not exercise.
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not a clue
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