weight, but I do want to become healthier by changing my diet slightly
and exercising better, etc.
I've always been pretty skinny (underweight) but I still want to tone up my legs, and my arms feel flabby. I'm not that aerobicly active because I don't play a sport for school or anything (I'm 17 years old).
Anyways, what I started doing was trying to get some aerobic activity even in the winter when all I do is go to school, go shopping, and go out and pretty much do nothing. So I started using the exercise bike.
Here's my dilemma; first of all, exercise: is doing more miles at an easier level (easier to pedal) better, or is doing less at a harder level better? I'm a girl, so I've always heard to "tone" muscle you do easier at a larger amount. I don't want to actually gain any visible muscle because that'd be ugly on me.
Also, I've been weight training where you lay on your stomach and lift the weights with the back of your leg to tone the muscle underneath my leg because that's where they're fat. THE PROBLEM IS, my friend told me that by doing this I'm just going to make my legs bigger because muscle is bigger than fat, and I'm going to "bulk them up", but I JUST WANT TO TONE THEM. Doesn't toning tighten them up/reduce fat and make them smaller?!? My friend says it'll make them bigger.
I'm trying to portion control/eat healthier, but I don't want to change my diet drastically because I always hear "oh, if you always eat candy and you're okay, don't stop, because your body will get used to not having those sugar calories if you take them out, and then if you ever want candy again, your metabolism won't do as well at burning those calories" or whatever, like you shouldn't change your diet THAT MUCH. I'm so confused. I just wish I knew what I was doing!
My worst dilemma is the weight training. Even if I don't change my diet, I really want to be in shape. Should I stick to aerobic exercise ONLY, or should I do the weight training to TONE my legs? I don't want them to get bigger! I just want them to be not flabby. I want to eliminate the fat. Plus I heard more muscle = better metabolism, so I just want to be in shape. What should I do???
Thank you so much