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  • You don't have to lift heavy weights. Strength training with kettle bells or resistance bands is good for toning and tightening. It's amazing how much the shape of your body can change (for the better!) when there's muscle tone. Add plank hip dips to your core routine and that'll help shred the love handles. And the more…
  • In addition to triceps, building up your biceps would pull that skin up a bit. But with time your loose skin will naturally tighten up. Please don't harm a goat! I love goats! Haha ;)
  • I'm not wrong. I simply had a different experience than you. CICO alone did not work for ME. Therefore, you cannot say "everyone". I tried it for 7 months (I was quite determined!), but didn't lose a single pound. As soon as I started tracking my macros in addition to calories (went from 1300 cals to 1400 cals/day and…
  • I also cook extra food at dinner so I can meal prep for a few days. Baked chicken breast (skinless/boneless) is easy to make (35 min at 375F) and you can mix up the flavors with the seasonings--so many options! Any Mrs. Dash is good (and salt-free). But my go-to is either sprinkling with Italian seasoning (basil, oregano,…
  • I'm sharing my personal story--it's bizarre for people to say that my weightloss didn't happen just because it happened in a different way than them. In the strength training and bodybuilding community, it's common knowledge that WHAT you eat matters just as much as HOW MUCH you eat in order to lose fat, especially when…
  • I was just sharing that CICO didn't work for me (in case there are others struggling with that too). It has to do with the fact that carbs are converted to glucose in the body. When you can't process all that sugar at once (as I said, most of my calories were carbs), the body converts it to fat. So subbing equal calories…
  • I know, right?! Everybody says "just cut your calories!" but it didn't work for me. My pants just got tighter. I think CICO is definitely guaranteed to work for people who need to lose a lot of weight. A lot of people are just overeating. But I was about 10lbs from my goal weight, so I needed to be more strategic with my…
  • Actually, CICO doesn't work for everyone, mostly because not all calories are created equal. Per MFP, I restricted calories to 1300/day. According to MFP I should have been losing weight, but I was gaining fat in my midsection. It wasn't until I learned about a protein/fat/carb nutrition plan that I realized the CICO flaw.…
  • I've found that 5-10 minutes here and there throughout the day really adds up. On days where I can't fit in a full 40 minute workout (strength training/cardio), I know I can do smaller bursts of strength training or plyo (like pushups, squats, situps, burpees, etc). 5 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes after work, and…
  • I've found that having a "treat meal" once a week helps keep me happy! And most of the time that meal is pizza! Then I stick to my meal plan the rest of the week. But I wouldn't recommend the "treat meal" until you're confident in your food choices and that it won't derail future choices.
  • A few more tips: Drink LOTS of water. If you're working out a lot, you need to stay hydrated, or your body will try to store water (which leads to extra pounds). Make sure you are eating enough clean carbs (fruits, veggies, grains) to have energy throughout the day and throughout your workouts. Remember that muscle has…
  • You actually need a good mix of protein, fat, and carbs. Protein stabilizes your blood sugar, carbs give you energy (without this you will surely get hungry) and the fat digests slowly, making you feel full. I've also found that putting my PFCs on a pile of greens makes it seem like I'm eating a lot more and will feel…
  • Here are my responses: 2.) "No, I'm not hungry. I eat every 3 hours! And it's awesome! Aren't YOU hungry? I hear you don't eat breakfast, so your last meal was probably 12+ hours ago. Yikes!" 3.) Kind-of in the same category, from coworkers I get "You need to eat!" or "You shouldn't deprive yourself of dessert--life's too…
  • If you increase your protein intake, this will stabilize your blood sugar and make you crave sugar less. I used to be ADDICTED to ice cream and chocolate (as in, HAD to have it every day) and now (eating 15-25g protein each meal, 5 meals/day) I don't think about sweets. It's incredibly freeing. In fact, brownies and…
  • Well, your biggest concern shouldn't be about what you buy to eat, it should be what you'll eat at the dining center! A lot of students living in the dorms gain weight because they have an all-you-can-eat buffet at every meal. Be sure to practice portion control--create healthy, balanced meals from what is offered. But…
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