Absolutely you can! Feel free to message me off-anon. I’m an open book about the entire thing.
Don’t worry, that’s normal. Losing weight sometimes seems like rocket science, when really it’s simple if you break it down.
Diet: Plants, and lots of them. If it was made from the earth and doesn’t need a nutrition label, eat a ton of it. Fruit is in season so it’s so delicious; better than candy! So tons of fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, etc. Veganism isn’t for everyone. I know it wouldn’t work for me because I feel really shitty if I don’t eat meat very often. It’s a great source of protein and iron, something I lack being anemic. So if you feel like you might want to at least add dairy in, maybe give it a whirl. Eggs and greek yogurt are awesome too. And you can’t forget your whole grains. Whole grain bread, rice, and pasta are all wonderful fillers.
Exercise: Strength is so important and underrated. Don’t feel weird lifting weights and pushing to lift heavier. The more muscle you have, the more toned and tight you’ll look. Pilates and yoga are great for strength as well. And cardio is good, especially when you’re losing those first pounds. 30-45 minutes of intense cardio is great for melting fat, but once you start getting to your body’s healthy point, you should tone down the cardio and focus more on maintaining/building muscle with some cardio at the end.
Just try not to make it into a chore. Eating healthy is delicious and makes you feel awesome. Exercise can be fun too. I love walking my dog and roller blading. And summer is here and swimming is a kickass workout.
Actually yes, variety is better for your body than consistency. It works more muscles and different things when you change up your routines. Variety is a good thing! :)
I have one on my Youtube channel. But you can also Google how to microwave cook pasta and rice as well! Even vegetables can be steamed in the microwave.
Where on this entire website have I ever claimed to be a professional? Have you seen that anywhere? Yeah, me neither.
That’s also the reason I tell people to find things that work for their body. I tell people that for ME, high protein diets work best, but for others that can irritate their stomachs. I never tell people THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND IT’S THE ONLY WAY.
My advice is merely advice based off my own experience and knowledge from hundreds of hours researching nutrition and the nutrition courses I took when I was a nutrition major.
This is tumblr, I ain’t a doctor.
FRUIT. I am a fruit fiend. I could eat nothing but fruit all day. I love it.
You can’t judge health by numbers. Health has nothing to do with numbers. If you still feel big it’s either all in your head or you just have a wider bone structure, which can’t be helped.
Don’t let that bother you. Lifting weights does incredible things to the body. Fuck them.
As long as you eat healthy and are active, you’re totally fine.
Definitely! It might be hard depending on realistically how much *fat* you need to lose, but it can happen.
Moderation! Everything in moderation. If I go out and eat, which isn’t super often, I just eat until I’m full then take leftovers. If I’m home i try to eat my veggies first before moving on to the main course, and drink at least a glass of water during too.
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HIIT! I HATE cardio, but HIIT is short and sweet! No more staying on the elliptical for an hour. Just do a 5 min warmup then alternate between your max and your minimum intensity levels for 20-25 minutes.
For absolute max results, 3-4 days a week of heavy weight lifting (meaning your max is between 5-12 reps) with 20-25 min of HIIT at the end of each session, and light cardio on the extra days, like jogging, yoga, pilates, etc.
If you don’t have access to a variety of free weights, then I’d recommend getting a pair from Target (a light, medium, and heavy pair) and start with those and do things at home. Also yoga, pilates, and things like P90x are good for at home too.
Aaaaand a healthy diet, I can’t stress that enough. Whole grains, loads of fruit and veggies, plenty of protein, and minimal refined sugar.
Well, considering squats tend to lift, round, and make your butt fuller, why would you start doing 50 a day to try and make it smaller? And why do you want a smaller butt is a bigger question!!!!!!
But (hehe, butt) more than likely your problem is that doing the squats is building muscle but you’re not losing fat. You can just do 50 squats and expect your entire body to become Victoria’s Secret status. That’s the same thinking as those people who do some push-ups and sit-ups at night and expect their body’s to be perfect. Losing inches and getting fit requires muscle building, cardio, and a healthy diet. Exercise is squats. That’s just doing squats. Exercise is having a balanced ratio of muscle building and cardio to help you gain muscle, melt fat, and look/be fit.
And BMI is bullshit. According to most charts my body fat % is dangerously low and I shouldn’t be getting my period. But alas, I still have plenty of squish on my body and I definitely get my period. Charts don’t know anything.
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Stop. Seriously. Throw your scale away and buy a measuring tape. Scales are bullshit. Weight means nothing.
Haha I guess by making bread not a staple in your diet? Whole grain carbs are good, but like everything else, in moderation. Maybe try brown rice or whole grain pasta, quinoa, or other grains. Back when I was struggling to eat less bread I did a lot of lettuce wraps!
.:Gettin down with this salad! Spinach, Quinoa, Roasted Beat & Asparagus Salad - Dressing: Lemon, White Vinegar, Dijon Maille & Olive Oil.
Everything about this need to be in my belly omg