Post # 1
Hi, looking for any advice anyone may have-sorry if this is a novel.
I’m in my early 20s, about 5’3″, and weigh probably a bit over 8st, (although I’ve not weighed myself for a long time and the only scales we have are in the form of a Wii fit board!) This puts me right at healthy BMI, but for me, it’s slightly too big for my own frame-given that I don’t have much muscle tone anymore.
My middle section is the problem, and I’ve gone from a comfortable UK size 8 to a solid 10 in trousers in the last few months. I don’t overeat, as I’m not actually getting fatter or heavier, I’m just carrying the weight I do have in the wrong place! I home cook meals nearly every night, and eat either cereal or taost for breakfast, my problem is probably snacking-I’ve always been a crisp lover and Darling Husband and I do have bad habits in the evenings. I’ve only recently starting working again after 6 months at home doing not much at all-which hasn’t helped.
Aside from cutting down on snack foods, and joining a gym, what easy swaps and excercises can I make at home to just help nugde my overall shape into a more slender mid-section like I had in my teens, haha!
Post # 2
I would youtube some pilates routines, or take some classes. Once you memorize them you can just do them on a mat infront of the TV for 10 minutes at night or so. Its great for toning up muscles to be long and lean.
Post # 3
sparklesalways: That’s an idea, I did yoga in uni and can’t remember a lot of the moves now! I was in ballet and tap classes as well til I moved away from home, sure some of them can be done in the living room.
Post # 4
Yes, definitely check out the online videos. Tone It Up, RLHealthy, Fitnessblender, MFit, PopSugar Fitness, XHIT are all channels that have loads of videos. From full-length workouts to quick 5-10 minute blasts. You can pick a few and create your own routine or do them throughout the day when you have time.
Cereal is often full of sugar. Swap it for homemade granola or large-flake or quick oats. You can control the amount of sugar that way. Use natural, unsweetened peanut butter on your toast.
Try your darndest to not snack at night. If you must, invest in an air popper and make a batch of popcorn with a bit of coconut oil and salt. Or cut up an apple and have it with peanut butter. I totally understand the obsession with chips. We love them and cannot have them in the house basically! Or we eat them right away. Don’t buy chips or have them in the house. In my world it’s the only way to not eat them!
If you have some household projects to complete, plan to work on them in the evening with your husband. You’ll be burning extra calories, doing something together, and likely not snacking. Or do some healthy baking, like making your own granola bars or your own jam or something.
The main thing is to get moving though. Go for a walk with your husband after dinner in the evenings. It’s getting nice out again so it’s the perfect time to start walking!
Finally, don’t worry about what your BMI says. It’s not a good indicator of overall health. My BMI used to say that I was verging on overweight, when I was a nationally-ranked and internationally competitive figure skater! I don’t even bother with all that now, including the scale. I go by how I feel and how my clothes fit. Especially jeans… they never lie 🙂
Post # 5
Also check out evening yoga classes if there is a studio near you. I do evening classes all the time and it gets me out of the house, and I typically don’t feel like snacking after 🙂
Post # 6
Lift heavy! That always adds muscle and burns fat for me, which will give you a nice sleek shape if your nutrition is on point. I agree with PP to cut back on snacking or to snack on carrots, celery, or air popped popcorn (no butter) if you must. I read once that if you’re looking to snack at night, go for deli turkey. If that doesn’t sound appealing, you’re not actually hungry, if it does, bam! protein. I don’t eat meat, so that doesn’t work for me, but I do the same with carrots. Don’t buy snack foods! If you don’t have them in the house, you can’t be tempted by them as much. 21 Day Fix is a really good program to start with if you want to learn about nutrition (I just read the guides online and bought the containers on amazon for like $20). Get whole foods into your body and you’ll look and feel a lot better!
I agree with PP that BMI is crap. It says that I’m close to overweight (or overweight on some sites) and I am a size four, I just carry a lot of muscle.
Post # 7
I’m all about simple for me. Before I eat I drink a tall glass of water, I tend to not eat as much when I do this. I don’t eat after 8pm. I allow myself one snack a day and one dessert. On days I don’t exercise at the gym I go for a walk for about 30 minutes. I also recently got a fitbit and I love it! It has really made me more aware of my daily activity and when I see that it’s low I get up and do something, even if it’s just a chore around the house that I was procrastinating.
Post # 8
courtneysokal: Yeah, I know BMI is incredible hit and miss depending on body type and muscle mass, it’s just that with clothes on, and to anyone else I am indeed a healthy weight-just in the wrong places ahah! Jeans do indeed seem to be the best way to tell. I might have to persuade Darling Husband to take me out in the evenings.
Post # 9
missinthecity: I agree with lifting weights. You burn more calories when you have more muscle mass. Also, I think someone else mentioned that cereal does have a lot of sugar and its processed so I would switch it out for old fashioned or steel cut oats. You can choose your own toppings and control what you’re eating that way.
The snacking is tough! I can’t keep snacks in the house or I’ll eat them right away. Do your best to resist the temptation!
Post # 10
I have found a ballet barre excercise tutorial on youtube, I dug out my old shoes and did that for half an hour, forgot how much work it was (and that I enjoyed it) Just need to keep motivated to do it again the next day I’m not in work, which is most of the battle! Also, I’ve eaten a haldful of plain nuts this afternoon, and NO crisps. Now to walk to the supermarket and buy sensible things for the week..
Post # 11
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I agree with PPs about lifting weights to build muscle.
I also think your breakfasts sound like crap. Toast is just carbs, and cereal is just SUGARY carbs. Replace that with something full of protein and fat, with some slow-digesting, whole-grain carbs in the mix, and you’ll stay fuller longer and jump start your metabolism for the day.
Post # 12
missusn: Have you thought about cutting down on the grains and carbs? They contribute a lot to weight gain, and a lot of people experience bloating from grains without really realizing it. Might be worth an experiment.