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Discussion in 'Lighter Life Forum' started by PurpleButterfly, 11 January 2009 Social URL.

  1. PurpleButterfly

    PurpleButterfly 16lb to go!

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    Hey,
    I am about to start LL and I would just like to know, what are your energy levels like on LL? Are you able to do exercise?

    My plan is to do exercise 3x a week - one dance/aerobics class which is really fun, one session on my gym ball, and cycling to/from the meeting (be about 10miles total). Will I be able to do this in terms of energy levels?

    Ta Muchly
     
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  3. pete10141748

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    On a day to day basis you will feel you have more energy than before, but that will change once you start doing some cardio exercise.

    If you have not regularly made a 10mile bike as part of your life pre-LL, then certainly during the first week I wouldn't advise doing it.

    Dance and gym-ball should be fine.

    the general guideline is, if you were exercising pre-LL then you should be fine to carry on as you were after the first week, if you didn't exercise pre-LL then you shouldn't start while doing LL.

    Your body is going to go through a tough enough change as it is, without adding a ton more stress onto that by asking it to do more than it did before on less than 1/4 the calories.
     
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    hi there
    i'm no expert having only just started, but i think from reading someones post earlier cardio is out, moderate toning type activities are ok ie swimming, walking, pilates.
    something to do with burning muscle rather than fat .....

    think it might have been a post from deckingjim if you have a look.

    My energy levels this week have been far higher than i thought, i have been quite buzzing, thought i would be just be blobbed out on the sofa on so fewcalories, but have felt fine so far...fingers crossed

    daisy x
     
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  5. pete10141748

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    yeah this is the danger with cardio on a VLCD, your body cannot convert fat to energy fast enough to sustain cardio exercise so it will convert muscle into energy instead as that is faster and provides mroe energy than fat, of course you really don't want that to happen as you don't want to be burning off your muscle tissue in your attempt to do exercise and burn fat instead!

    walking and swimming are fine (so long as you don't go crazy!) and toning exercises with weights to define your muscles are fine too, but the biking sounds a bit to extreme in my opinion.

    Then again, others have done cardio (I think I read Huseyin does/did burst training which if I have it right is walking them a qcuik burst of sprinting, then walking, the burst of sprinting again?) and he seems to be perfectly OK with doing it.

    Just go by what your body tells you, it'll soon let you know if it's not happy about something you are doing!
     
  6. PurpleButterfly

    PurpleButterfly 16lb to go!

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    Alright, thanks all.

    I do do cycling already though in the last 2 months haven't done so much; over the summer I was doing about 90mins a day. I would probably take it easy and go at a moderate pace when doing it, that way my heart rate stays only a bit elevated.
    My LLC did say high aerobic activity isn't suitable but resistance/toning was.
    I wonder if I should do a different class to the dance/aerobics class.. I did it last year, so technically have done it in the past..

    Ah anyway I will continue to think about it. Thanks for your help.
     
  7. DeckingJim

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    Hi Ellie
    I had a similair thought as did quite a lot of cycling last year
    Im only on day 6 six so gonna take it steady for a couple of weeks and then see how I go
    I normally do a weekly spin class at gym evan at 19 stone but im gonna focus on light training / pilates for a few weeks as want to lose fat and not burn muscle
    The idea for me is to lose 5 stone to be a more competative cyclist and the last thing I want to do is lose fat and muscle be lighter but have no muscle to push me up those hills

    Cheers

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  8. susianna

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    I would just see how you go and don't have huge expectations on what you can acheive exercise wise for the 1st week or so....just while you are getting used to it.

    Personally my energy levels have been better than normal in the morning but from around 4pm onwards I have been feeling a bit week.

    I'm sure as you go on and the weight drops off you will be more able to sustain what you hope to acheive but don't push yourselves too hard initially ....just keep an open mind.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Huseyin

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    agree with Pete

    Go easy and see what your body tells you. I normally did cardio and i was out of breath, but that was due to lack of calories to burn. You can do it just dont expect to do it as if you was eating 3000 calories
     
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    I've deliberately taken it easy on advice of LLC. End of my second week on Wednesday & plan to start back at the Gym Thursday with light cycling and weights.

    Last thing I want is to lose muscle
     
  11. Huseyin

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    Yes thas it right Pete.

    In fact there are new steps in this and people on lighter life can try this out.

    firstly you run as fast as you can for 30 - 60 secs

    Stop do nothing for the 2 - 3 minutes to catch yor breath

    Repeat first two steps 3 - 4 times

    Its really good and i have seen results form this. Basically the science behind this is as follows. Your body will go into fat burning mode for 48 hours. so you should repeat this after that time only as its counter productive. You can apply this approach to any machine, rows, the glider(real name slips my mind)

    The alternative is what i did before which was the 20 minutes but achievs the same thing. so in minutes jogging is to be done at 60 - 70% your max speed

    1. slow walk
    2. brisk walk
    3. jogg -60 - 70% your speed

    4. walk
    5. Brisk walk
    6. Jogg

    7. walk
    8. Brisk walk
    9. Jogg

    10. walk
    11. Brisk walk
    12. Jogg

    13. walk
    14. Brisk walk
    15. Jogg

    16. walk
    17. Brisk walk
    18. Jogg
    19. Run at full spedd
    20. Slow right down and walk slow

    This is what footballes do for stamina and its great for shredding weight, but my god you will be murdered
     
  12. Huseyin

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    you wont loose muscle ketosis eats fat only, if you dropped below your bmi then its turns to muscle
     
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    Hey PurpleButterfly,
    I try to do 15-30mins per day on my Lateral Thigh Trainer (Skiing Stepper Machine) its good because its got bands as well so you can tone your upper body and lower body at the same time! :D
    I think exercise is important though, because its part of a life change, and getting your fittness up, makes you feel 100times healthier and better within yourself!
    All the Best!
    LotsofLove
    Rachiie -ox
     
  14. Blonde Logic

    Blonde Logic Yes. You can.

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    I don't know if this has been said or not, but also the danger of doing too much exercise while on a VLCD, is your body may panic more then it already is - and it will go into 'starvation'. It is getting precious few calories already, so is on alert. If you start burning them, the body will slow down, or even stop releaseing the weight until it feels the "drought" is over.

    Moderation is the key. Start out slowley and find the balance that works for you and the diet. :)
     
  15. Huseyin

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    i agree with the above. Oh and BL you are welcome :)
     
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