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trynagetslim
06-02-2014, 09:25 PM
Hi,

I am new to the site and have only heard of it through friends. I need a workout routine for the summer and since I've been looking over the site there seems to be a lot of people who might be able to help me.

I will be having a gym membership in a few days and I want to maximize my usage of it to lose as much weight as I can in the next 3 months aka until the end of august.

I know I have to diet, which I am prepared to do although it will be tough, can someone help me with the amount of necessary calories and etc?

I know I will have to do a lot of cardio, but should that be done on an elliptical or a treadmill? (I've heard ellipticals are better)

I am 5'9, and 270 lbs and 20 years old.

So basically, can someone suggest a proper course of workouts for me to do 7 days a week and etc.

Thank you for your help!!

ReyJay
06-02-2014, 10:35 PM
Hi,

I am new to the site and have only heard of it through friends. I need a workout routine for the summer and since I've been looking over the site there seems to be a lot of people who might be able to help me.

I will be having a gym membership in a few days and I want to maximize my usage of it to lose as much weight as I can in the next 3 months aka until the end of august.

I know I have to diet, which I am prepared to do although it will be tough, can someone help me with the amount of necessary calories and etc?

I know I will have to do a lot of cardio, but should that be done on an elliptical or a treadmill? (I've heard ellipticals are better)

I am 5'9, and 270 lbs and 20 years old.

So basically, can someone suggest a proper course of workouts for me to do 7 days a week and etc.

Thank you for your help!!
You don't excactly need cardio for losing fat, it's just a tool to burn extra calories. Just lift 3 times a week and count your calories to enter shredcity.
Read the stickies for info about calories and macros.

tara19
06-02-2014, 10:45 PM
All credit to dmacdonal9
This will get you started OP.
Take your time, read everything precisely.



Put it this way: there are lots of programs developed and refined by generations of top athletes and professional coaches that have proven themselves over time. They can all be had for free. Why would you roll your own? (although surprisingly, yours is less terrible than most ;)

Basic Fat Loss Process

1. Calculate your calories and macros (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=156380183)
2. Eat about 20% less calories than you burn each day while still meeting minimum protein and fat. Get the remainder of cals from carbs.
3. Buy a kitchen scale and weigh everything that you eat.
4. Count calories using a site like MyFitnessPal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com). Here's how to count accurately. (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159938141)
5. Lift heavy weights to preserve muscle mass, on a structured program (see below). Why not your own routine? Read this. (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthreard.php?t=118004321)
6. Still not losing weight? Stuck on a plateau? Read this. (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=162197341) And remember, you are not special. (http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/you-are-not-different.html)

Beginner Workout Programs:
All Pro's Beginner Routine (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=147447933)
Stronglifts 5x5 (http://www.stronglifts.com)
Starting Strength (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=998224)
Ice Cream Fitness 5X5 (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=148036063)

How to lift properly (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=118920551)

Counting calories accurately requires precision. Read these:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=148418313
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=154981223
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/opinion/calorie-detective.html?_r=0

ChrisRamos007
06-02-2014, 11:49 PM
Sounds like you are really motivated to get on with some progress. I would go with some weights 4-5 times a week along with about 3-4 cardio sessions a week. It can be tricky learning how to set up a successful plan but there are some good faqs on this forum. Or you can PM me if you need more help.

Compy386
06-03-2014, 08:17 AM
So basically, can someone suggest a proper course of workouts for me to do 7 days a week and etc.

Here's a good workout plan:

Every time you eat something, put it on a scale and use a calorie tracker to look up how many calories it is. Then lift up a pen and write down how many calories it is. Do this every time you eat/drink anything.

Working out is great, tons of health benefits, no one here would ever say "don't work out." But, losing fat is 90% diet. Calculate your BMR + TDEE and weigh/measure and track your food. (I use Cronometer) Maintain a caloric deficit and it doesn't matter how you work out specifically. Lifting will preserve the muscle mass you have (which is super important) but you don't HAVE to do a lot of cardio.

Lots of cardio can help you create huge deficits and lose weight a lot faster, but it can be very taxing. When I started I could barely do 10 min on the elliptical. Now I do 2 hrs on the elliptical and 1 hr on the treadmill every day. It took me 6 months to build up that kind of stamina, though.

The necessary calories for males is ~1800. (or so I've heard - I often go below this) Take a look at my sig to see exactly how I've been working out / eating.

You can do it, just be patient. It's not going to happen overnight.

trynagetslim
06-03-2014, 03:51 PM
thank you all for the replies. I am definitely gonna spend time on calculating some of this preliminary dieting info and reading more about calories and etc. thanks so much!