Post # 31
I started tracking my calories with an app called Lose It! back in late February and that, combined with exercise 5 times a week minimum helped me lose some weight.
I know another PP said to ditch the elliptical machine, but most of my exercise had been done on the elliptical. Occasionally I would go on the stationary bike or the treadmill, but I generally do 20 minutes of elliptical and increase the levels/intervels whenever I could. I would also do some weight lifting to try to build up some muscle mass.
However I did avoid heavy use of the treadmill because I had knee problems. The elliptical was kinder on my knees. I hear swimming is also good exercise.
Post # 32
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Another vote here for diet. Exercise can only take you so far. Eating fewer calories, especially fewer carbs, will help you lose fat.
Post # 33
As others have said, it comes down to 80% diet and 20% exercise. You could try a Whole 30 to really kick start your body to let go of any inflammation and gut issues. People usually lose some weight by doing the program as well. I hate to say it, but if you drink alcohol, that can make people hold onto a lot of weight. You mentioned your pants getting tighter, but it’s possible that your body is in a transition where it hasn’t yet let go of the fat while you building muscle. Sometimes it just takes awhile.
Post # 35
Nothing to say except I do know what you mean. I was doing this weight loss 20 min exercise routine and it involved squats and I swear my huge thighs grew bigger. I think elliptical is fine to get the heart rate up. But when I had the time I did pilates for the long lean muscles and that worked well.
Post # 36
Speck_: This, this this.
ashley01: OP, I’m reporting what @Speck wrote because it’s fantastic:
Since you don’t have access to a gym, I would buy a set of kettlebells or barbels to use at home, and would still replace the eliptical with going for runs and focusing on bodyweight circuits. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube, and you’re much better off doing a 20 minute ab circuit on the living room floor than gliding on the eliptical for 45 minutes.
Check out HIIT. Try googling (or pinterest-ing) “body weight crossfit workouts” for HIIT ideas.
You got this girl!
Post # 37
For me, I tend to see the best results from a combination of swimming (lap swim and doing butterfly kick with flippers), strength training and running. BUT, it really works better if I do it in addition to not Overeating, so I usually have to track my calories or just try to eat as well as possible. I was a swimmer I high school and back then I was in the best shape of my life! Lol
Post # 38
While I agree somewhat with the PP that said do whatever exercise you want to do (paraphrasing), I personally am not a big fan of the elliptical because it’s not weight bearing. Weight bearing exercises not only use your own body weight, but help build stronger bones. Even swimmers have “dry land” days where they are in the weight room and not the pool.
I too tend to lose more weight when I jog, but if you don’t like that, start with brisk walking. You can even carry light hand weights to get your heart rate up more.
I send logging your calories. Eye balling it does not work. For me, logging keeps me accountable because knowing I have to log something makes me think twice about wanting to eat it.
I find if I increase my weights and do less reps, versus what women have always been told about lower weights/higher reps, I tone quicker and I feel stronger.
I’m also near the end of my first 30 day ab challenge. There are several free apps out there. My boyfriend says my waist is more defined so I definitely think it works.
The Bees have given you a lot of good suggestions.
Post # 39
ashley01: i used to do the elliptical all the time and never got results. When I started jogging I got way better results, also “cardio barre” which is like ballet/cardio/weights/core all together (but it’s tricky because I tried something called Pure Bare when I was in another state and it was totally worthless, so not all barre work outs are equal)
Post # 40
Okay, I know everybody is saying, “Stop worrying about fitness and start worrying about diet!!” Um, what about us poor souls who are so stringent about eating a good diet and all that has done is stopped the weight gain, NOT helped us lose any weight?!?! I need fitness tips! :p
Post # 41
I don’t eat carbs and sugar (with the occasional cheat day), I stay away from fruit at the advice of my nutritionist (until I meet my goal weight) So mostly protein and veg, plus a little dairy. With this diet I don’t even need to count calories, I just make sure I eat within a 10-12 hr period to give my body time to rest.
I do yoga M-W-F plus Saturdays and Sundays – Vinyasa burns the most calories
I do HIIT on T-TH with my friends
I’ve lost only 20 lbs since December but I went from a size 10-12 to 6-8 (6 fits better sometimes).
Edit/Add: I lost the first 10 lbs just doing HIIT but it made me look a bit too muscular for my taste. Adding yoga sped up my weight loss and made me look leaner, not bulkier.
Post # 42
letterstolove: 🙁 this is how I feel!
Thanks everyone for the tips! When I say I eat good I mean I track calories, I weigh my food, I cut ALL drinks other then water. I cut pop out and didn’t even see results. I’m so frustrated putting in the time and work and not seeing the results that I want. This week I’ve hit a hiatus where I’ve stopped tracking out of frustration. Unless I get a treadmill running isn’t an option for me other then the 2 nights I go to bootcamp. I do the elliptcal in the afternoon while the kids nap and again when dd is in bed.
Post # 43
Cut carbs, up fats like olive oil, avocado and animal fats.
Post # 44
mandabride00: Cutting carbs is not the answer for everyone. Low carb high fat works well for many people, but high carb low fat works better for others (including me). Having high carb AND high fat is how most people gain weight, so I agree that anyone wanting to lose weight (or generally be healthy) should choose one to focus on.
OP: Do you mind sharing your stats and a typical meal plan? Maybe you’re not eating enough? Or are not eating the right foods? If you’re currently high carb/low fat, try high fat/low carb and see if that works for you or vice versa. How do you log your calories? Do you log them and then count the amount of calories burned in exercise as extra calories? When you are doing the elliptical, do you up the resistance? Machines often overestimate how many calories we’re burning; I’d consider a heart rate monitor if you don’t use one already as they are more accurate.
Post # 45
missinthecity: I log calories through mfp, I’m probably not eating the proper ratio of what I should be eating but I’m under calorie. I don’t eat back my excersize calories and I actually don’t even log my excerising anymore because I got a fitbit to track.
This morning for breakfast I had half a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, half a cup of strawberries, half a cup of vector. For lunch I will be having 2 scrambled eggs and veggies. Afternoon snack will likely be an apple with pb and honey, a banana or protien bar before bootcamp. Then supper after boot camp will be chicken, potatoes and veggies (all weighed) I use the weight watcher brownies if I’m craving a sweet. Or sugar free candies (which I still log) if I want to snack and I’m not really hungry.