Originally posted by Inactive UserIight peep it. For all those who know their ish....hook me up with advice. I'm starting to work out again, but my downfall has always been diet/nutrition.
I'm 235lbs. I wanna get to 200lbs. 190lbs if I'm lean. A good 40 lbs or more of my current weight is fat. I'm trying to get rid of that.
What would you recommend I eat? I don't care if I have to eat the same thing every day. I just need tips.
What workouts would you recommend if I'm trying to lose fat but not muscle?
Thanks for any input.
First, lose all your drink calories. This will help you lose tons of weight. Meaning drop all sodas, juices, and arizona ice teas, vitamin waters, etc. Gatorade is ok, but try to drink it during workouts instead of as a normal drink. Rule of thumb: stick to water. It speeds up your metabolism and manages your hunger if you drink enough.
Second, get rid of all extra unnecessary calories. This means unhealthy salad dressings, mayonnaise on your sandwiches, and brown sugar on your strawberries. These extra calories add up and store themselves right around your waistline, creating that stubborn lower belly fat.
Third, lose the sweets. Just GET RID of them. Don't eat cookies, don't eat cake, don't eat breakfast pastries, don't eat milk chocolate. This is the hardest, but after a few weeks of not eating desserts you'll see your belly start to get flatter and you'll feel less bloated. The killer with desserts is that people usually eat them at night, meaning your bodies metabolism is slow and it's more likely to store itself as fat.
Lastly, lose the unnecessary carbs. If you're trying to lose fat, you'll need to lower your calorie intake, and this starts with the carbs. Pasta, Pizza, Mashed potatoes, fries, all need to go. Nutritional carbs like vegetables, oats and some fruits are good because they have nutritional value, but they should be eaten with lunch and breakfast and less with dinner.
If you follow these basic guidelines and are consistant with them, and I mean CONSISTANT, you will see fast results. Add 30 minutes to an hour of any type of cardiovascular exercise every day and some weight lifting (not necessary for losing weight though) then you will quickly shed pounds. After 3 weeks you'll see results and get used to the lifestyle. The first three weeks are the hardest, but if you push you can do it. Just make sure you lower your calorie intake so you can lose weight (try 4 to 6 SMALL portion meals a day) which helps you metabolize food faster.
Good luck, if you have any questions just ask, if anything I said was inaccurate, feel free to chime in, I'm no expert but I know my fair share, I think...