Question of the Week

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Articles, Question of the Week

Hey everyone!  Thanks for viewing my site.  Here is this week’s question….

Hey Garrett! I have a question for you. I have lost 33lbs since June, it’s September now, and I’m looking to lose another 20 lbs. But in all my weight loss, I’ve only dropped 2 sizes. I’m going on a cruise next month, mid October, and wanna look my best. My biggest areas of concern are my pregnancy areas, stomach, thighs, waist, and hips. What is a good way to drop some sizes, not just neccesarily the weight?

First off, I want to say congratulations for losing 33 pounds!  I am sure you worked very hard to do that and made some big sacrafices as well. I hope you are proud of yourself!  You have lost a significant amount of weight.  Unfortunately, dress sizes don’t always corrlate to the success you have had.  Perhaps this is because dress sizes can be vauge.  Or perhaps you were a large size 10 and now you are almost too small for a size 8.  That would be more like losing 3 sizes.

Often times I have clients and friends who are really concerned with their weight; some others are more concerned with their looks.  Honestly, I am always more concerned with the way you feel.  Do you have more energy?  Can you exercise longer?  Do you no longer get winded going up stairs?  Those are the things I am most concerned with.  I hope you are seeing these benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

None the less, I understand the desire for the improved looks of weight loss.  However, like your dress size, this does not always correlate with the success of eathing healthy and improving your exercise habbits.  Unfortunately, the areas that you are trying to work on are the toughest areas to lose.  However, do not be discouraged improvement in these areas can always be made.

My biggest advice to you would be to keep in mind that fat comes off proportunately from head to toe.  This means you cannot do crunches and lose significan fat around your stomach.  More simply put, you must take in less calories than you burn (with this said, you need to do this in a healthy way, eating balanced meals throught the day etc, not skipping meals!).

Also stay away from focusing your exercise on small muscle groups.  Many people try to tone and shape the same areas you want to improve by doing a bazzilion crunches, leg lifts, etc. (think suzanne summers thigh master).  However, this burns very few calories.  Remember, our goal is to burn more calories than we eat.  The more calories you can burn (for the most part) the better.  It is much better to do things like squats, push ups, pull ups, other full body exercises and cardiovascular work.

As far as cardiovascular exercise goes, I am a huge fan of interval training.  This is training where you would do an interval of very intesne exercise, such as a sprint, followed by a period of rest, such as walking.  Often times you perform much more work in a shorter amount of time than when you just jog for 30 minutes or get on the eliptical and cruise at the same pace for an hour.  I would suggest a 1:2 ratio for beginers.  An example of this would be to run for 30 seconds and walk for one minute.  This would be repeated for however long you have the energy or time (I suggest setting a time in adavance, such as 30 minutes).

I hope this helps and good luck!!!

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