Hello, I'm 18 years old, 6'0", and 170lb. For the past 4 year are so I have been leading a very unhealthy lifestyle. My daily routine would be something like this
<snip>Now, I want to get more serious about getting into shape however, I don't know where to start. My main focus is loosing the fat off my belly, because for some reason that is where it all goes. Secondly, I want to improve my cardio and grow some muscles. What would you guys suggest? What diet should I go on? What exercise program should I go with? Thanks.
Looks like Tim is giving you good advice, so I'll talk a little about dieting.
My favorite diet involves eating all day. This way your body has tools to work with.<g> If possible, I'd suggest you get up a half an hour earlier every day, and do a little cardio right when you wake up (don't shock your muscles though, start out slow and warm up right) That way your cardio workouts are out of the way early.
If I'm doing a short cardio workout, like..20 to 30 minutes, I won't usually eat right before. But definately eat before you go to school. If you plot out your calorie intake for the day, and then spread it throughout the day, your body with have a constant source for nutrition and you'll be less likely to start craving ice cream in the afternoon.
Stay away from soda pop, junk food, and fast food.
have something before you lift, so you have enough energy to sustain the workout. But don't lift after some heavy meal or you are likely to get sick. Save the bigger meal for after the workout if possible. your muscles need fuel to grow, and they need REST.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. every action of every cell in your body uses requires water.
Learn to lift with proper form to avoid injury, and to get the most from your workouts. Remember when you plan that workout to plan in proper rest.
There is a lot of info out on this site about planning proper workouts and almost everything else about getting fit!
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