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    Former Fitness Newb

    Hello,

    I'm 27 and trying to get back to my jr high fitness levels. Back in those days I used to help my grandpa out on his farm, or during school, I would do Namaste yoga and belly dancing lessons. I didn't eat greasy foods really as I'd noticed when I'd eat Wendy's and feels gross, whereas when I'd eat Subway (usually a turkey sub) I'd feel peppy. I also would only have 1 soda a day if I felt I needed 1.

    My question now is, I'm pretty muscly as is, I just want to get rid of the bit of 'tubberware' I've stored up since entering the real world. What would be the best way to go about melting the fat without adding more muscle? I have a terrible sense of self so I probably don't, but I feel kinda butch for a 5'2" southern belle.

    Any assistance helps! Thank you!

    Mousie

    #2
    HI Mousie and Welcome to the Hive. There is no fat-melting workout. Losing weight/fat is a matter of a caloric defict. Short: Eat less calories than you are using.
    "You lose weight in the kitchen, you gain muscle/health/mobility in the gym"
    To a certain amount building muscle helps losing fat, because more muscle is using up more energy, thus your maintainence calories go up. But the whole spiel only works if you count and (if need be) restrict your intake.
    There is plenty of information on this topic in this forum, there is a weight loss group I think in the in the nutrition/kitchen part. Also the nutrition and fitness section of the website are full of information on this.
    All the best and good luck
    Andi

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      #3
      Welcome, Mousie , I'm guessing you have two goals in mind: less fat, more fitness.
      Stop drinking "sweet tea", for a starter. Sugar is addictive and offers no nutrition. Ditto for those lovely cakes and pastries.
      Go back to that yoga for stretching, or take up the more active Tai Chi. Neither will add muscle (or reduce fat) but they will help you regain 'fitness', your ability to move easily, smoothly.
      You may enjoy some of the Challenges ... maybe starting with Taste Buds Rehab.
      Enjoy.

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        #4
        Thank you both for the suggestions.
        Ok, DaithiMeyer I checked out the Taste Bud Rehab. Question! That includes olive oil as well? I thought olive oil was "healthy"? I had to sit through a whole movie about it called "Lorenzo's Oil" I believe.

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          #5
          I'm not sure if I'm gonna get flak for this, but here's my opinion on the Taste Buds Rehab Challenge:
          Fat (this includes all oils) is a flavour carrier. Almost everything tastes better with fats. Salt gives flavour, too, and sugar, well, gives the sweetness we're all so fond of. To be honest, I have a gripe with many parts of the description text of the challenge, but mostly with the last part:
          Every single day you succeed takes you closer to developing the taste for healthy food like whole fruit, vegetables and even leafy greens
          I think the challenge probably makes the most sense when you're used to food that is too heavy on those things. If you cook yourself, properly, chances are, you're not gonna slather your ingredients in that stuff. I like fats, sugar and salt in my food, but I also like eating greens, fruit and vegetables without any of those (okay, maybe pepper is a must, but that's only my preference). Imho, you also shouldn't just leave out salt from your diet completely without consulting a doctor beforehand. Some people have (unknown) medical conditions that require them to eat more salt than advised, athletes who sweat a lot also need more salt, which brings me to the bottomline that, if you fall in certain groups, avoiding salt can even be bad for you.
          /End of rant

          Now to your original question: I guess olive oil is included as well. If you want to do the challenge, maybe ask yourself firsthand if you need a taste bud rehab, if you want it, and if you think it makes sense to you.
          Sorry for the wall of text

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            #6
            Mousie ... Nihopaloa got it right. It isn't so much that Olive Oil isn't Good for you so much as the leading words: "too much".
            This specific 'Challenge' is designed to wean you back to "natural taste", from whence you can "add back".
            A "little salt" is a good thing, but a lot can actually kill you. Most people include more salt/sugar/fat in their diet than is good for them. The question you get to answer is "how much of this is NEEDED?".
            When you start that Challenge, food (doesn't) taste "flat". By the end of it, things are tasting "better".
            When you start adding these back in, you may well be surprised at how bad that "pinch of salt" or "splash of oil" tastes. Yet, just a little can taste wonderful.

            Clearer? ​​​​​​​

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              #7
              AH, Ok! I get that. Nihopaloa Thank you, that helped a bit. DaithiMeyer Thankfully, I noticed in High School how different foods affected the over all way I feel, so I started adjusting my diet then to veer away from extreme oils/grease (like Wendys), salt, and caffeine. When ever I'd eat a Wendy's burger and take a nap, I'd wake up feeling like I slept in a grease puddle. I started opting for Subway or salads instead and could tell how much better I felt. Though I do still have to force myself to eat some greens, I am pretty good about staying away from too much of anything, except sugar. My one weakness

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                #8
                I think sugar is most everyone's weakness if the statistics are to be believed (my particular weakness is cinnamon rolls).

                If you care about MAINTAINING muscle it might be worth it to count calories and macros (basically keep up enough protein). But to fair ... it sucks and I hate it. On the other hand, I'm doing it now and I've lost 10 pounds or so in the last 3 months (which is close the recommended pace - 1 lb/0.5 kg per week) so it does help. It's much easier to do if you are cooking at home as you know everything you are putting in your food with exact labels.

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                  #9
                  stephenphillips42 It's really the coffee I have with my sugar that gets me. I'm really just trying to lose fat. I've always been a bit more on the buff side for a girl so I'm honestly kind of trying to shape myself into "society standards".
                  5'2" slim and tone, not 5'2" and a tree stump. I've never had the best self image so I've really been trying to focus on self-love and self-care, which is hard when you're your least favorite person.

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                    #10
                    Mousie ... you typed: " when you're your least favorite " and I had to read it twice to be sure I wasn't mistaken.
                    No, you typed it correctly! Well ... DAMN ! ! ! Consider me impressed. Your/you're/your is as bad as to/too/two or merry/marry/Mary or for/four/fore.
                    For an American youth, you are a grand example. And ... I'm a bit of an old foggy.
                    How do I know you are an American? You recognize the Wendy's brand.

                    Sugar tends to be hugely addictive. Can you even drink coffee without it? People will tell you the coffee is a drug. And it is! But it's the sugar that's addictive.
                    The sugar puts more calories in teaspoon - and no nutrition at all - than the cup of coffee that dilutes it. Or that you con use going up a couple flights of stairs.
                    Yes, your shape can be a problem. Mostly because you have a self-image problem. Which is actually the greater problem.
                    Once you have a self-image problem, it can be seriously hard to get rid of. Best of luck with it all.

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                      #11
                      I'm luck I guess - I am a grad student but I've never drunk coffee. Occasionally (meaning once per month) tea but mostly herbal. I have many friends who can't function without 2 cups of coffee every morning though.

                      Yeah the self-image problem can be a tough one. Good luck in that journey - much more important than fitness, like DaithiMeyer said, but much less visible. I think Darebee is a good place for this as I have yet to find a negative comment here. It's a very encouraging place! I have been very motivated to keep going since starting my journal so I personally find that helpful, maybe it can help you too. Good luck - we'll all be here rooting for you!

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                        #12
                        Thank you all!. Yes I'm hoping working on myself will help me better deal with my issues and give me a better perspective of myself. I do enjoy writing so maybe I could give the journal thing a try.

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                          #13
                          Mousie , there are lots of places with plenty of good journal prompts. One I've been working with is from JournalSmarter - 41 Powerful Journaling Exercises. I also like the 5 minute journal template that you can find in the project manager Notion, which is now free for personal use. Good luck!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Mousie View Post
                            stephenphillips42
                            5'2" slim and tone, not 5'2" and a tree stump. I've never had the best self image so I've really been trying to focus on self-love and self-care, which is hard when you're your least favorite person.
                            May be you should start with some of these challenges..
                            If you think your diet is ok.. then go ahead look at the programs and start doing something.. eventually you'll find out what works for you and how you can proceed..

                            And bees at The Hive are always there to help you out with any queries or feedback.. there are many resources here, but I suggest you start from going through the fitness section.
                            and you can start a journal here with the checking-in thread..

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