Check out these 5 fitness plans from Women’s Health. My question is, what if you want all 5 goals????
- Lose 12 pounds in 6 weeks
- Flatten your belly
- Become a runner
- Fit into your favorite jeans
- Get toned fast
Q: I’m 5 feet 4, weight 123 pounds, and have a pear shape. My thighs have always been bigger than my hips. My arms are skinny and my stomach is flat. When I do leg exercises, my thighs get even bigger and my pants get tighter around the thighs. My diet is right on target. Any ideas?
A: This is a common issue when doing weight training. Have you ever heard guys in the gym say they want to get a good “pump”? After a workout, the muscles you worked will swell as a result of fluid accumulation. This will occur almost immediately after exercise — which is why I never do a leg workout when I want to get into my skinny jeans on Saturday night! The swelling will gradually subside over the next several days.Don’t fret — as long as you are not eating more calories than you are burning in a day, you will not gain muscle mass or accumulate fat. And as you continue to lose weight, your legs WILL get smaller; it just takes time.
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Q: I’ve always had problems with my weight and have tried many diets. I’d like to know whether counting calories or carbs is better as far as losing weight and keeping it.
A: Well, the answer is that counting both is important — but counting calories is more important! To lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you expend in any given day. You can actually reduce the amount of carbs you eat, but if you’re still taking in more calories than you’re expending, you’ll gain weight. Usually, women on a diet should eat about 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day; men, approximately 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day. This will allow for a weight loss of one to two pounds per week, which is considered a safe rate of loss. Staying within that calorie range, you might be able to decrease hunger pangs to by reducing carbs and eating more protein, which can help you feel fuller longer as well as reduce cravings.
I’ve been avoiding homework all morning so have been trolling sites regarding celebrity weight loss, fitness, diets, etc. etc. Came across Ok! Magazines Top 10 Bodies of 2009. Do you agree? Who else should have been included?
- Britney Spears (maybe for improvement? But she’s nowhere near her I’m A Slave for You body)
- Jennifer Aniston (love her and her bod)
- Megan Fox (her body is ok, her face and hair are amazing…littlel skinny though)
- Halle Berry
- Jennifer Lopez (I agree – she looks better after giving birth)
- Eva Longoria
- Jessica Biel (nice body, muscular, almost too muscular from the back)
- Kim Kardashian (I like her body, fit and curvy)
- Kate Beckinsale
Do you need help squeezing a healthy breakfast into your mornings? I know some people jump out of bed racing to make a big breakfast like I do but we know that breakfast is important with regards to losing weight, maintaining a healthy diet and to keep brain function going all day!
Here’s a few tips from EverydayHealth.com:
- Set your alarm 10min earlier
- Don’t eat after 9pm at night
- Do some planning (I set up my oatmeal, have berries cut up for the week and have my egg pan on the stove ready)
- Make your breakfast the night before
- Eat during your commute
- Stock healthy breakfast food at your desk
- Be flexible in the mornings and allow yourself breakfast
Trading some of your regular things for lower carb can help you stay in the fat burning zone…From Men’s Health..it’s very South Beach:
- Squash for potatoes
- Mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes
- In lasagna zuchini for noodles
- Spaghetti squash for spaghetti
- Oatmeal and cottage cheese for pancake mix
- Tempeh for scalloped potatoes
- Diced veggies for macaroni in mac ‘n cheese
- Replace 1/2 the pasta in pasta salad with beans and/or veggies
- Low fat string cheese for chips/cheese chips
- Put your pizza toppings inside a mushroom top instead of on crust
- Lettuce or cabbage leaves for bread in sandwiches
From Men’s Health, here’s how to make your fav comfort foods healthier!
Hamburgers make with lean ground beef and spinach
Egg McMuffin nuke 2 scrambled eggs, put on a toasted whole wheat english muffin and top with Canadian bacon
Grill Cheese whole wheat bread, olive oil instead of butter, low fat cheese, tomatoe, put on some ham for protein!
Pizza thin crust, chicken instead of red meat, veggies, half the cheese
Fish and chips pan seared salmon, potatoe wedges roasted with drizzles olive oil
Nachos baked chips, pinto beans, reduced fat cheese, lean ground beef
I’ve lost the 5 extra pounds I put on over Christmas. Woohoo!