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Exercise/Carbs/Cardio for a Newbie?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I have probably had the slowest "transition" known to mankind--in other words, I keep slipping back into nonpaleo foods. Setting aside the psychological issues--I can handle that--I think I might actually need some more help with some other practical issues.

I have always had a tendency towards doing too much cardio--I know it makes me (and others) hungry but I definitely have a "block" in my head on reducing it. So, what would be the recommendation for someone re: exercise.

How much cardio per day? How many wt. training sessions/wk? How many carbs should a newbie shoot for per meal or per day? (Weight loss of about 20 pounds is ultimately a goal.)

Thanks!

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on July 17, 2010
at 01:19 PM

This says it all, really. If you want to lose fat faster do high-intensity anaerobic or V02 max intervals, not cardio. As a bonus you will be done faster and cause less joint damage

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at 01:16 PM

This says it all, really. If you want to lose fat faster do high-intensity anaerobic intervals, not cardio. As a bonus you will waste less time exercising.

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at 12:14 PM

You might want to do a little more research, as conventional "cardio" e.g. an hour on a treadmill or aerobics has been shown to be counterproductive. Sisson's "Primal Blueprint" is a good start.

Lift heavy things. Do short intense sprints. Climb stuff. Play hard. Exercise like a caveman would; imagine what Og and Oona* did all day: carry firewood, kills, babies; run from danger; run for kills; butcher a mastodon. That kind of thing. I'm pretty sure they did not slog away jogging for an hour and blowing out their knees.

Now, I know all these things but still don't exercise, which is why despite losing over 40lbs (~200 -> 156 as of this morning) I'm still flabby with a gut, but... eh, I'll get to it someday :)

*just because I hate "Grok". Reminds me too much of "Stranger in a strange land."

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

(822)

on July 17, 2010
at 01:19 PM

This says it all, really. If you want to lose fat faster do high-intensity anaerobic or V02 max intervals, not cardio. As a bonus you will be done faster and cause less joint damage

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

(822)

on July 17, 2010
at 01:16 PM

This says it all, really. If you want to lose fat faster do high-intensity anaerobic intervals, not cardio. As a bonus you will waste less time exercising.

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on July 17, 2010
at 12:15 PM

I would suggest going through the other thread here on paleohacks. Lots of good information and tips.

If you want one source, very readable, for a general audience, I would suggest Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint (a lot of information gathered on his site here). It is not only about the diet, but about exercise and other lifestyle factors as well.

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