Question 1: Is it better to run before or after lighting weights?
Answer: It depends on what your goals are. Keep in mind that whatever you do first, you’ll have more energy for. If the benefits of cardio exercise are more important to you, then do cardio first. If bulking up with more muscle is your primary goal, lift weights first.
Question 2: Are carbs bad?
Answer: Complex carbs – such as those found in brown rice, whole wheat, beans, etc. – are good. Simple carbs – such as those found in soft drinks, juices and cakes – are bad. Your body needs carbohydrates for proper function; rather than cut carbs, focus on eating the healthy, complex carbs that your body needs.
Question 3: When is the best time of day to exercise?
Answer: Whenever you have the most energy. I’m a morning person. For me, the best time to exercise is around 6:30 in the morning as that’s when I have the most energy. If you’re a night owl, nighttime workouts could be better. Having more energy is the biggest and most important variable in determining the best time to exercise.
Question 4: Do I need to lift weights in addition to cardio if I’m just trying to lose weight?
Answer: Yup! When you lose weight, it means that you take in fewer calories than you use. To make up for the calorie deficit, your body will burn both fat and muscle. By including strength training in your workout, you signal to your body that you need your muscle – and more of the weight you lose will be fat.
Question 5: How much protein do I need?
Answer: Most Americans already get enough protein. For most people the formula is about 0.4 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. Active people require 0.6 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. Very active individuals, or people who engage in heavy lifting, need nearly a gram of protein per day. For individuals in this category, additional protein supplementation is often required (i.e., protein shakes, etc.).
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