Foolproof toning and weightloss results?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Definitely recommend lifting weights and upping your calories. I think you may do better at the 1500-1600 range. I’ve also found that upping my protein and healthy fats while watching what I’m eating for carbs has helped.

A trainer could definitely help you figure out where to start with weight training. You could also look into classes, a bootcamp type class, barbell strength class, kettlebell class or general strength training classes can get you more comfortable with lifting weights with the proper form. I currently take a HIIT class, Kettlebell Class, Strenth and Conditioning Class, General Strength class and spin class, each once a week and am seeing great toning results.

As crazy as it sounds I’ve had great success with the more weight focused Beachbody programs (Chalene Extreme, Body Beast, Hammer Chisel). With their app you can download workouts to your phone and take them to the gym with you (or do them at home if you’ve invested in the some dumbells). They are great for getting to know how to lift weights, what excercises to do and working on your form. I still use Beachbody workouts when I’m traveling, some of them are great

Post # 17
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Busy bee

londonbeeee :  I did a lot of kettlebell exercises (swings, deadlifts, snatch and cleans, etc.) and enrolled in a 6 week kettlebell bootcamp to kick start things. 

How much protein are you eating? Do you track your macros through MyFitnessPal. I had a friend who was vegan and struggled with weight loss until she realized she wasn’t eating enough protein to make her workouts effective. She is still a vegan but adjusted what she ate (added vegan protein powders, etc. to her diet). 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I’m a barre instructor so if you have any questions about it, let me know.  What I personally love about it is, as other people have said, it’s been really effective at changing the shape of my body while being really gentle on my joints.  Whereas other things I find I need to take days off I can do it 5-6 times a week without problems.

I think the thing to keep in mind is nothing is foolproof.  Every body is different and will lose weight weight or develop muscle at different rates.  Also diet and body fat % makes a difference.  You can build all the muscle in the world but if it’s hidden under fat it won’t be as apparent.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

I lost weight just by cutting calories, but I was still “skinny fat” and sooo hungry. Now I’m lifting weights and eating as much as I want, but no refined carbs or sugar, instead lots of whole foods high in fat and protein and vegetables. I eat as much as I want, I am no longer hungry, and I’m staying the same weight but seeing fluff turn into nice shape and muscle. I’m doing stronglifts 5×5 (there’s a website – just ignore the macho tone of the author) because it’s so simple, but there are other good heavy weightlifting programmes. 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019 - City, State

londonbeeee :  lift heavy three to five times a week and up your caloric intake. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee

Try Kayla Itsines BBG workout! She has an app called SWEAT that is great! I toned up alot using this program last spring! I would also try to the Keto diet, low carbs and high fats.

Post # 26
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Worker bee

You are doing too much cardio.  You need to do less cardio and lift heavy. Heavier weights with less reps. It isn’t always about quantity, but quality of workouts. Also, eat clean.  That made a major difference for me when I was getting myself in shape to go to Jamaica.  Good Luck!

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I agree with PP that mentioned BBG by Kayla Itsines and her Sweat app. To add to that one of the trainers associated with the app, Kelsey Wells, has a PWR program that incorporates weight training. Check out her instagram to see some of the workouts.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

A little tip I do is kinda like a little game. I find a way to modify everything I eat or order at a restaurant. I try to find a way to modify it into a healthier version. Like if a order a smoothie I might ask for water instead of almond milk. If I order a salad I have it without dressing. I have black coffee only. I always order a small size ect. I cook alot at home too it’s so important. Also have you had blood work done recently? It’s good to see if your lacking any nutrients ect. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

londonbeeee :  I think you’ve already gotten a lot of good answers, but I definitely agree with what most bees have said. If you enjoy cardio, don’t cut it out completely, but definitely add in some weight training, and eat more! I don’t know how you do that much cardio and only eat 1300 calories. When I do lots of cardio, I’m SO hungry..lol

I try to mix my weight training up so that I don’t get bored. I started off doing upper body one day, lower body one day, and full body one day, then once I got more comfortable and learned more exercises, I started doing legs and glutes one day, chest and back one day, core one day, and arms and shoulders one day (along with one day dedicated to cardio, and one rest day each week). This is basically what I do now, and I enjoy it for the most part. You can find lots of good ideas for workouts using different gym equipment or body weight on Pinterest! Feel free to message me if you’d like me to share some of my workouts. I’m no expert, but I’d be glad to share my routines.

 

Post # 30
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Busy bee

londonbeeee :  1g of protein per lb of bodyweight if u want to build muscle and ‘tone’ 

I weigh 117lbs so cover myself by eating 120g protein to be sure. 

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