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I was just wondering. If I do cardio for 60 minutes in the evening, shouldn't I be eating the 2 hours before for maximum fatburning? Because I am trying to lose fat (final 5 pounds...pfft so hard) but I usually eat like an hour, or an hour and a half before. Usually something that includes carbs such as fruits, complex carbs whatever. Because I read when you work out you need fuel, or you'll be burning muscle. I know I should exercise in the morning, but I only have time in the evening except for sunday.
If I do 5 hours of cardio a week, like wait here's my schedule:

Monday: Bodypump (50-60 mins, class, weights)
Elliptical (30 mins)
Tuesday: Steps (50-60 mins)
Wednesday and Thursday:1 of the days Spinning (45 mins), the other day elleptical (60 mins)
Friday: I got P.E. and currently we're doing aerobics so I don't think I have to go to the gym that day...do I? When we're starting to do other things like whatever basketbal or something that won't be intensive 40 mins elliptical
Saturday: REST
Sunday morning before breakfast: 50 mins elliptical (+ 15 mins bicycling towards gym + towards home)

And I want to be doing pilates on any of these days whenever I feel like it but not on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

How does this sound? Also I'm experiencing some slight occasional but yet consistant pain in my knees. Does this mean I have to stop doing steps and spinning? I love these workouts and they help me burn fat. Any tips on how to perform these things (like leaning on heels rather than toes) to minimize knee pressure? Thanks...:)

And do you reckon a 1200 -1500 zigzagging diet with 2000 kcal on Saturday will be enough for me since I work out? My diet ratios are: 30-40-30 (all good fats from nuts, olive oil, fish oil). And I get in my vitamins...I get in 500 mgs of calcium, and next to that take a 400 mg Calcium-supplement. I get in my vitamins from my diet but I like to use a half multi-vitamin a day to be sure. I've also reduced my sodium intake to an average of 2000 mgs a day and have an average of 3000 mgs potassium a day. Stats: female, 17, 5'2 ft, 115 lbs but I'm not really active and I sit at school a lot. I do bicycle for like 20 mins to and from school a day but that's not a lot lol.

Thanksss:)
Quote from justanothagirl:
I was just wondering. If I do cardio for 60 minutes in the evening, shouldn't I be eating the 2 hours before for maximum fatburning? Because I am trying to lose fat (final 5 pounds...pfft so hard) but I usually eat like an hour, or an hour and a half before. Usually something that includes carbs such as fruits, complex carbs whatever. Because I read when you work out you need fuel, or you'll be burning muscle. I know I should exercise in the morning, but I only have time in the evening except for sunday.
If I do 5 hours of cardio a week, like wait here's my schedule:

Monday: Bodypump (50-60 mins, class, weights)
Elliptical (30 mins)
Tuesday: Steps (50-60 mins)
Wednesday and Thursday:1 of the days Spinning (45 mins), the other day elleptical (60 mins)
Friday: I got P.E. and currently we're doing aerobics so I don't think I have to go to the gym that day...do I? When we're starting to do other things like whatever basketbal or something that won't be intensive 40 mins elliptical
Saturday: REST
Sunday morning before breakfast: 50 mins elliptical (+ 15 mins bicycling towards gym + towards home)

And I want to be doing pilates on any of these days whenever I feel like it but not on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

How does this sound? Also I'm experiencing some slight occasional but yet consistant pain in my knees. Does this mean I have to stop doing steps and spinning? I love these workouts and they help me burn fat. Any tips on how to perform these things (like leaning on heels rather than toes) to minimize knee pressure? Thanks...:)

And do you reckon a 1200 -1500 zigzagging diet with 2000 kcal on Saturday will be enough for me since I work out? My diet ratios are: 30-40-30 (all good fats from nuts, olive oil, fish oil). And I get in my vitamins...I get in 500 mgs of calcium, and next to that take a 400 mg Calcium-supplement. I get in my vitamins from my diet but I like to use a half multi-vitamin a day to be sure. I've also reduced my sodium intake to an average of 2000 mgs a day and have an average of 3000 mgs potassium a day. Stats: female, 17, 5'2 ft, 115 lbs but I'm not really active and I sit at school a lot. I do bicycle for like 20 mins to and from school a day but that's not a lot lol.

Thanksss:)

If your knees hurt then yes, I would stay away from stepping, spinning and the eliptical. Maybe you can walk on the treadmill for a change and add some weight training to your routine, I only see it once on Monday I think(weight training), unless I'm reading it wrong. :D About the zigzagging, I'm not sure but it seems to work for you. I thought about trying this to lose my last 5 pounds for the summer, but I'm okay with them right now but that's another story. I usually eat one cheat meal a week, and one cheat dessert a week but this zig zagging thing is new and like I said, I think I'm going to try it for the summer. I think Jake in "Body For Life" advocates the zig zag approach and Naxis knows a great deal about it. We'll see what she says. :)