Hi all, I'm looking for a little feedback. I'm a female and freshman in college and unfortunately gained about 10 pounds within 2 months of being here. I came here at 140 pounds, which I wasn't too happy about to begin with (I'm only 5'3"), and when one of my favorite pairs of jeans didn't fit anymore I knew I had to do something.
For the past month or so I've been eating much healthier and I began exercising.
For breakfast I always eat a bowl of Special K with berries. For lunch I'll either eat another bowl of Special K or I eat a salad at the cafeteria on campus, along with a bowl of whatever kind of fruit they have for that day. For dinner it varies depending on what is offered. If they have chicken, turkey or ham I always eat a serving of that. I try to only eat red meat once or twice a week. I eat a serving of whatever vegetable they have and sometimes some more fruit. If they don't have anything healthy for the main course I get another salad with fruit. For snacks, I eat the yoplait light fat free yogurt or an apple. I try to eat a handful of dry roasted unsalted peanuts every day. I've cut soda out of my diet completely and I now drink water for the most part. Sometimes I'll have some apple juice or cranberry juice, or I also like the Gatorade G2 on occassion.
I do at least 30 minutes on the elliptical 5 or 6 times a week, and I increase the resistance when the current resistance starts to become easy for me. So far I've bumped up the resistance to 6 or 7, and I started at 1. I do the "interval" training--I crank up the resistance by 2 and go as fast as a I can for 30sec-1min, then take about a 2min cool down, and repeat that over the 30 minutes. Two weeks ago I started doing some upper body exercises twice or three times a week, and I do some ab workouts about twice a week. Its not a lot of strength training, but I'm not too worried about getting stronger, I just really want to lose this extra stomach fat.
In the month and a week I know I've lost at least 5 pounds, but I haven't been able to get on a scale lately and I'm not sure when I'll be able to get on one next. I just want to know if you guys think I'm on the right path. I've never really been healthy my whole life, and I really want to change that. Thanks!
Great job! It definitely sounds like you are on the right track! Make sure you do eat enough. You are getting protein, veggies, fruit, etc... Looks good!
Do the intervals on the eliptical is a great idea! It helps burn more calories throughout the day. Possibly switch up your cardio. Ride the bike do another form of cardio one or two days of the week so that your body doesn't get "immune" to the same exercise.
You don't have to belong to a gym at all Just as long as you can do something active and work up a sweat. You can do videos or get outside and exrercise. Just be active, that's all that matters, no matter where it is
Sounds like you are doing well! I finished college this past spring and had the same thing happen with me. I moved in with new roommates who didn't eat as healthy, took antidepressants.. and next thing I know, I've gained about 15 pounds or so. I stopped taking the antidepressants and easily lost 5 pounds, and changed my eating/exercise habits to lose the rest. I'm in better shape than when I first started! I used to work out about 3 times a week and now I aim for five. I used to use the elliptical EVERY time, which stopped working for me, so I started running instead. When I started running (on the treadmill) and lifting light weights, my metabolism sped up like crazy. I didn't have to deprive myself and hardly eat.. I could enjoy my food, but of course keep things in moderation. I cut back on sweets and limited my carbs. I like to eat a lot of grilled chicken, salads, and fruit. I overdid it with the running and my knee was starting to act up, so I now switch it up with spinning and elliptical until it gets better. I agree that switching up your routine can be good if you feel that it isn't working anymore, but make sure to ease into it!
Will my body really become immune to the elliptical? I've tried both the treadmill and a stationary bike, and I just don't like them at all in comparison to the elliptical. I raise the resistance usually once a week on the elliptical (or whenever my current resistance becomes easier for me) so I continue to challenge myself. I absolutely hate running and I just don't feel like I get that great of a workout on a bike.
I bet the ellitptical will continue to work fine for you since you aren't keeping it the same every time! That's a good idea to increase the resistance to keep yourself challenged. I like to do that as well when I use it.. I like hill intervals or sometimes using a low resistance at a very fast pace, or more resistance, but a regular pace. Anything too routine you will get used to, but it sounds like you are making sure this doesn't happen. I think it's more important to make sure you are doing something you enjoy, so if you like the elliptical and don't care for the others, I'd stick with it!
Losing weight is possbile by trying different diet plan or by doing some physical exercise but whether it is permanent, than i will say no , I have tried different diet plan and losed some of my weight but than i gained all that back.Can any one help me out.