Trying to get back in shape. Am I doing it right?

I used to be in great shape, however I’ve let myself go these past few months. Right now I’m at 5’6, 180lbs, however, I do have a lot of muscle mass, especially for my height. Right now my concentration is fatloss, while trying to sustain as much muscle as i possibly can(granted I’ll atleast lose a little bit of muscle.)..I’d like to lose about 30-35lbs. What I’m doing to acheive this is I eat 5 small meals a day, around 300-350 calories each. These meals consist of eggwhites, grilled chicken, fruits/veggies, special K, skim milk, whole wheat bread, diet soda, water, etc. I lift weights 4 days a week, and do cardio 45 minutes a day, usually uphill training on a tredmill. my main question is am i eating right? and am I eating the right amount? My real worry is blowing a hard day’s work because my diet isn’t right. Like I said, I’m trying to burn fat..but I don’t want to lose any muscle. I’d really appreciate any suggestions or advice. Thank you:)

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4 Responses to “Trying to get back in shape. Am I doing it right?”

  1. Brian_Urlacher_54 said:

    That sounds pretty good, i think ur on the right track

  2. Shopgirl328 said:

    Sounds good for the most part. leave the bread…any bread alone for awhile and skip the diet soda. keep lifting your weights and the cardo for 45 min is good. Get a jump rope. Do jumping jacks. these are a good way to loose your tummy but you need to do 500 to 1,000. Work your way up! Good luck! Drink a lot of water. The small meals are good. They will keep your metabolism going.

  3. James B said:

    Sounds good to me, but remember that if youre lifting weights your weight alone may not reflect the progress you’ve made. I recommend taking a picture of yourself now and again after a couple weeks or a month so you actually see the difference. You’ll probably be pleasantly suprised if you stick to that plan.

  4. Heather Oster said:

    Wow, i applaud you, your doing some great work. Yes your eating right, and your eating the right portions, and your lifting and cardio seems in good shape. However the one thing i can add, is maybe sometime in your future of the diet and working out, you lose the soda. Its ok once in a while, but, diet isnt the best solution either, its still just as bad as regular coke. Simply the ingredients in diet sodas are not any better then whats in regular soda.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2182559_risks-associated-drinking-diet-soda.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

    “But diet soda isn’t a health drink or a cure for weight loss. Although switching from regular soda to diet soda will save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking soda of any type leads to obesity and other health problems”
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diet-soda/AN01732

    “For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

    * 26% for up to 1/2 can each day
    * 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day
    * 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day
    * 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.

    For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

    * 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day
    * 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day
    * 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day
    * 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.

    For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41%.”
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050613/drink-more-diet-soda-gain-more-weight

    Drinking a can or two every other or few days a month or week, isnt all that bad for you, but of course to get where you want to be in health, stop drinking it at some point.




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