i work at a gym and have friends who personally train me for free (they’ve been training for a long time… my main trainer has been doing it for 14 years!!!) so i have to admit that the free gym membership/PT is definitely worth the value!
on another note…. remember that muscle weighs a lot. you most likely will stay the same weight (sometimes even gain) during the first few months of training because you are getting muscles. once the muscles are established, you should shed those pounds easily. your muscles actually burn the fat because of a few different reasons. first, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. 2nd, your muscle uses the calories that you take in (eat!) and then you burn the fat stores… so in translation, the more muscle you have, the more you lose weight, therefore the more you can eat! so yes, get muscles= eat more!! (score! just don’t overdue the food lol)
another important thing to consider is your metabolism and calorie intake. you have to make sure that you eat enough, often enough. i thought i was doing well by dieting and eating about 800 calories a day. i ate small amounts of healthy stuff… i’ve always been a healthy eater but wanted to "shrink my stomach". umm bad idea because when i started working out i blacked out a lot and got really sick. and i never ate breakfast. your body actually starves when it’s asleep so when you wake up you need to eat ASAP or your sending your body into hoarding mode like anorexia. the best thing to do is 5 small meals a day. i shoot for 250 calories per meal. on the days i work out, i eat 1600 cals and on the days i don’t, i eat 1400. this is one reason a trainer is good. you need to get the right calculations (fat, metabolism, target heart rate, etc.) so that you know what is ideal for you. how much you should lose, how much you should work out (what level…) and how much you should eat. it’s very complex, but if you can get the right trainer (and the right machine… that’s what calculates it…) it is definitely worth it!!!
oh and you shouldn’t be losing more than 2 lbs a week. sucks i know, but if you lose more you’re either starving yourself, overworking yourself, or losing water weight.
i’ve been lifting weights and doing cardio for 2 months, 5 times a week, and i just lost 5 lbs which is HUGE for me. I’m finally in the shedding stage! (this took me a while since i had to readjust my metabolism. it was VERY out of whack!!! and i have much more muscle!)
last thing. when you lift, a really good place to focus is your butt/thighs because it is the biggest muscle as far as losing the weight goes. the buffer that is, the better. and girls can’t really get bulky unless they try that hard (like bodybuilders, ew!… should i mention that’s an anorexic/drugs (most likely at least pills!)/non stop work out ordeal!?) or they have a hormone imbalance.
ok i’m done sounding like a nerd. hope it helps!