Need help choosing a good diet/exercise plan (non-fighter) please!!!

Discussion in 'Dieting / Supplement Discussion' started by BrittyHMS, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. BrittyHMS

    BrittyHMS Orange Belt

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    Hi, let me tell you a bit about myself first before you make any suggestions. :D I'm 19, and trying to get in shape before my wedding. I'm a very petite girl (only 5'3") and I have a similar figure as Jessica Simpson I'd say, except without the thick thighs. I'm 104 pounds (I know, it sounds very skinny), but I am very 'curvy', and that's what I am trying to rid myself of. My hips and chest look disporportionally large compared to the rest of my tiny frame. I don't have any defined muscles on my body because I don't really exercise (because I have exercise-endued asthma). I have been doing the extremely restrictive Atkins diet off and on for about a year now, but I only last a week or so, so it hasn't really done much. I'm on my 4th day as of today, and doing GREAT! I'm really sticking with it extremely well, but if there's something that works better (or keeps the weight off longer), please let me know. Also, are there any exercises that reduce hip size? I've been doing squats and situps (as well at bicep curls and such), and my ass/thighs have never been so sore in my life! BUT... I'm hoping that will give me some great definition in my legs. Running/jogging is NOT an option because last time, I went into the hospital because I couldn't breathe. Also, I can't do too much because I have a severe back injury with disc and vertebrae problems. All in all, if anyone who knows a lot about this sort of thing PLEASE suggest some exercises that will whip my body into shape! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
     
  2. monkey roll

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    exercises: hack squats (you have to go deep to hit the gluts)
    Laying leg curls for the hams (back of legs)
    leg exstentions
    Those are 3 good leg exercises, i picked these because you have a bad back.

    As for diet, i'm not a big fan of the Atkins diet, i just don't think you can lead a active lifestyle with so little carbs. No running sux cause it's the best way to burn off fat.

    And if you do have a Jessica Simpson liked figure as you've said, this forum allows you to send pictures! ahaah, sorry just kidding.
     
  3. Bizz

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    Forget the Atkins...its a bunch of bullshit as far as long term health.

    Just eat clean and blanced.

    Also you can not weight reduce in a specific spot...it comes off everything.

    Given your size and weight honestly I do not see you needing to lose weight.

    Swim laps for exersize. Its low impact.

    And keep in mind I am just telling you things I have read on here. The experts will be by to help you in a min lol. Cause to be honest I'm in a "getting into shape" start up, and asked similar questions just a couple of days ago.

    Read the forums.
     
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    I agree. We need picks to determin the best work out for you.
     
  5. BrittyHMS

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    Okay that sounds great! Just please tell me what a hack squat is if you don't mind... I've been doing body squats (the ones where you put your hands behind your head and then go down so far that your thighs are parallel with the floor), but I must tell you, I've never been so sore in my LIFE as after I did those! :mad: lol I also did these things (I never saw anyone do them, but the seemed to work the muscle I was going for), where I stand up and keep going up on my tip-toes, and then back down, but never letting my heels rest flat on the floor again. That really made my calves sore, so I figured it was working. Then I did walking lunges, getting down really deep so that my knee almost touched the FLOOR. hahaha The Atkins worked for my mother, whose figure is almost exactly like mine, which is why I tried to do it.

    Maybe I'll try to walk more. Even if I have to walk for 2 hours a day, I have that kind of time now that I'm out of school and work, with my back injury. Would that make a difference at all, or do you have to be at least jogging for it to make a difference?

    haha I'll think about posting a picture, but I've had some creepy stalkers online before that became obsessed with me once they saw my picture (I'm not trying to brag, but that's the truth). Well, I already described my body, and my face is pretty much just that classic, pretty look. I don't have any weird features, and I think that all of my features just go really well together. Salma Hyiek's (spelling?) eyebrows (when she doesn't have a unibrow... hahah) are similar to mine. I can't really think of any celebrity that I look like other than that... :D Thanks again!
     
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    the hack squat i was talking about is with the Machine. Ok, questions, are you in a gym or a home?
    Are you willing to do something other then the atkins? and how bad is your back? Also you might want to talk to your doctor about this too, about you target heart rates you can handle and such. I'll be back on later tonight.

    PS you're crazy, the old jess simpson is way hotter then the new one!
     
  8. BrittyHMS

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    I'm at a home, but I can get a membership to a gym (I've been looking for an excuse NOT to, but I think it's finally come to that). lol I am pretty reluctant to do anything other than Atkins because it worked for me. I was almost 125 at one time, when I was eating breads, pasta, potatoes, and very limited meats and protein (basically following the food guide pyramid), and once I did the Atkins (basically the OPPOSITE of that), the weight fell off of me. :D My back is very bad. I have subluxation (displaced vertebrae) in 9 places and I get severe numbness and pain in my arms if I sit. My doctors all said that strengthening my body would help though, and not hurt it, as long as I took it easy. Eh, I'm not really looking to become a body builder or anything that would require working out a lot to work my heart, so heart rates and such don't really concern me or my doctor (I have asked thoug)... I'm actually looking to do as little exercise as possible, plus, since I'm young and relatively healthy, I think that's why my doctor wasn't so concerned about it.

    Thank you so much for trying to help me!!!
     
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    Not buying it.
     
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    BrittyHMS Orange Belt

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    Not buying what?
     
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    If you're not a fighter why do you want to know what a bunch of fighters think you should eat? Doesn't oprah.com have a diet section or something?

    Also, don't get married at 19.
     
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    BrittyHMS Orange Belt

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    I want to know because I am sure that all of you know a lot about nutrition and cutting weight for fights and stuff. Oprah.com? Perhaps, but I wouldn't listen to what that fat cow said if you paid me. :D I'm going to just ignore how rude you're being and listen to all of the people who are giving me real diet advice. Have a good day!
     
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    Again...Atkins works in short stints however has no lasting benifit.

    It can even be considered unhealthy in the long term.

    Don't eat carbs after 4pm. Stick to a clean diet. Balance things out and you will be fine.
     
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    atkins/low carb diet has to be the absolute WORST most widely used diet EVAAh...

    makes absolutely no sense whatsoever

    the weight u lose on atkins is 'good' muscle weight...

    fats in foods do NOT convert to fat in the body.. in theory, if u keep ur blood sugar level without all the rollercoaster ups and downs.. it's IMPOSSIBLE to get fat... (high GI carbs like sugar, white rice, white bread spike ur blood sugar)

    i suggest fish/flaxseed oil, multi-vitamin, greens powders or pills, and complex carbs. (optional=fiber powder, unrefined traditionally-made coconut oil)

    it takes fat to burn fat.. u just need to know the right fats.. fish/flaxseed oil and unrefined coconut oil are the healthiest oils in the world :wink:
     
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    Atkins and extreme low carb diets are bad; a steady diet of proteins and fats was your main source of cal intake is just non-sense, any nutritionist would tell you the same. In a low carb diet, your bio chemistry changes in a way that it uses fat as your primary source of energy (Calories), any time you go against what nature intent it
     
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    I would really suggest you join a good gym, more choice of exercises and one on one help; we can tell you what to do but I can
     
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    Really, thank you for all those suggestions!!! A friend that I went to high school with is a personal trainer too, and he said that there's really no way to reduce the size of your hips with exercise because there's no muscle, just fat (?), and the only way to shrink that would be with cardio (which I cannot do right now) and dieting because that'll reduce the size of your entire body. That's when I put the diet on full force. :D haha

    Now before I continue, please just know that I *look* like a normal person... i.e. I don't like hunch over from my back problems, I'm not using my inhailer constantly, I'm not like obses or really even chubby (I just need to tone up), and I don't live in a plastic, allergy-proof bubble. haha For example, if you saw me walking down the street, you would never know that I had all that stuff going on. For the last month I haven't really been able to stand too well though without tons of back pain and pains down my arms and legs from my nerves in my spine being pinched, so I'm surprised that I haven't just become obese from the lack of buring off any calories. lol

    THAT BEING SAID, I'm allergic to seafood. :redface: Especially shellfish and for some reason salmon. White fish seems to be okay the few times that I tried it, but I hate the taste. I do eat like salads with tuna and balsamic vinegar and oil on it. (I always make my own dressings, that way I know what's in it, and not all those weird sugars and fats that come from God knows where...)

    I should also mention that I don't pig-out on fats just because I can (or rather Atkins says I can) either. A typical day's food for me (although it is VERY redundant, I figured that it was healthy, so I just keep eating it... this probably contributes to me cheating because I get so sick of it all!):

    1st meal (10 a.m.): 2 scrambled eggs (maybe with mozzrella cheese melted in), water
    2nd meal (noon): Atkins protein bar (nutritional information: 8g fat, <5mg cholesterol, 330mg potassium, 21g total carbs, 7g fiber, 12g glycerin... so 2 net carbs total... 0g sugar, and 21g protein)
    3rd meal (3 p.m.): Salad, either with tuna, or plain grilled chicken on it, dressings are either oil and vinegar, or some sort of light Italian.
    4th meal (5 p.m.): Filet mignon (very lean... I can't stand fatty foods), or more chicken :( , and usually 2 vegetables (like carrots, broccoli, squash, etc.)
    5th meal (7 p.m.): Something really small, like sugar-free jello with whipped cream


    So is that horrible?! I feel like with what I'm eating, I *should* be losing weight because it's so restricted, but I just don't because I give up after a few days. :(

    Oh, and on a side note, I never eat any sort of white bread, pasta, potatoes, or anything starchy because it gives me heartburn. (yes, that is yet another one of my ailments...)

    I'd tried introducing those good grains that you're talking about (when I do eat bread, I eat wheat or multigrain), and that usually allows me to stay on the diet longer because it allows for more variety, but I get the same problem... No weight loss! :icon_evil Again, maybe my problem is that I'm just not sticking with it long enough. (Last time I tried that, it was bikini season, and I was antsy to look perfect immediately, so I probably gave up more quickly than usual and tried some other fad-diet. hahahaha OH yes! It was the grapefruit diet that was up next...)

    Anyway, this is my plan:

    I don't want to screw with my body chemistry or anything that'll completely mess me up in the long run, so if what I'm eating on a daily basis NOW seems okay and gets the stamp of approval, I'll stick with that for the 2 weeks like I'm supposed to, and if (when) it doesn't work, I'll do what you said and introduce more lowered-carbohydrate foods. :D I'm joining a gym this week too! Congratulations on getting your personal training license too!!!
     
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    How can we stalk you using pics if you whiteout your face and we don't know your email?

    Did you have guys hacking your ISP's or something? Or was this a MySpace incident?

    This thread is one major tease.
     
  20. BrittyHMS

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    I had pictures online on my own personal website before, and guys claimed that the photoshopped them onto women performing lewd sexual acts, and put them on porn sites. Therefore, I am NOT going to have that happen again. They claimed to know where I lived (or at least the state), but I'm not sure how they'd know that.

    In any case, I wouldn't really want to post pictures just because you'd like to look at them. lol You must understand how that's slightly creepy on my end.
     

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