Rookie here so some level of sillyness will accompany this thread ;-).
I've lost about 20 lbs now (mainly cos of my HIT cardio+low cal intake). Still got 20-25 lbs to go before I reach my target around 180lbs.
The thing is I'm far from a solid build even after a month into this (with dedication). And my main prob is I hardly do any heavy lifting. My stamina on the treadmill has definitely gone up to a point where I can come home after work on 1200 cals and still do a 30min cardio.
Now when it comes to lifting (btw, I workout from home in my so called office gym), on most days, I hardly complete the full sets and cover up with more cardio. My main prob is I don't seem to have strength at the end of the day to do any heavy kinda lifting whatsoever :-(.
Is the strength weakness a sign of too low cal/protein intake during the day? Should I start taking a pre-workout meal or drink (I'm thinking maybe a shake of ground oatmeal, 1 scoop whey mixed in water??) ??
My fat loss has also grown harder where it takes a lot of dedication to even move the scale by a couple of pounds a week. I'm thinking maybe heavy lifting will offset this mixed with my strong cardio.
Right now, my diet is something like this:
-Breakfast ==> Plain Greek yogurt with cut apples+1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Coffee (black with 1 teaspoon creamer)
- 2 caps fish oil
10am==> One can of V8 vegie juice
Lunch ==> Fresh cut chicken slices with lettuce+cucumbers+spinach+teaspoon of olive oil
Dinner ==> Med sized bowl of Chic curry or lamb stew, curtesy of wife
- 1 scoop of whey mixed with tall glass of cold water with dinner
I throw in occasional mixed nuts or almonds during the day and drink 2-3 cups of green tea along with at least 50oz of water (with lemon slices).
I have 2 cheat meals in the weekend (consume my beloved rice and pasta for Sat night dinner and then pancake for breakfast). No cardio/exercise in the weekends.
Sorry for the long post...just wanted to give out all the facts beforehand.
Thanks and appreciated.