How much cardio do I need?

  1. How much cardio do I need?

    Since this is my first post here I wanted to say a big hello to one and all. I look forward to learning from each and everyone of you.

    I'm a 27 year old male that is sick and tired of the way he looks. I'm 5'6" with a bodyweight of 202 pounds. According to these calipers I have my bodyfat is above 20%.

    In the last few months I have been reading everything I can on nutrition, lifting, and cardio.

    The nutrition part seems easy. 5-6 meals a day. 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. Complex carbs. Healthy fats like olive oil.

    Weights are easy too. Compounds first. Simple and basic.

    The problem I am comming up with is how much cardio if any I should do. I read that cardio is overratted when it comes to losing weight, while others will say that you should do cardio till the cows come home. My gut is telling me that the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. It's saying that 6-7 days of cardio is unneccessary, but 2-3 days would be just right.

    Right now the workout plan I have in mind is to lift on monday, tuesday, thursday, friday with cardio to be done on wednesday and saturday (sometimes I walk home from work too which can be two or three days a week and it takes 30 minutes or so). Will this be enough?

    I guess my basic question is this. I am new to the weights and looking to cut. Weight lifting is a necessity. But what about the cardio?

    Should I

    A. Start with the weights and add cardio in at a later time

    B. Stick with what I had planned out which was cardio twice a week (and sometimes two other days when walking home from work).

    C. Do the weights, but much more cardio than what I had planned.

    Like I said I know what my gut is telling me, but I wanted some experienced opinions too. All the reading in the world won't make me as experienced as the guy or gal whose actually done it.

  2. Depends on how fast you want to lose BF%'s....

  3. I would suggest light cardio every day 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach 30-45 minutes

  4. I would say if nutrition and lifting are on order 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week should do just fine, I like throwing in some hiit sometimes just to mix it up.

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