Yeah. I was at 33% body fat before I lost weight. You can look at my before picture to see what 33% body fat looks like. You certainly don't look 35%.
The only way to lower your body fat percentage is to lose fat (by losing weight) while maintaining as much lean muscle as possible while losing weight. That means, losing weight slowly and strength training. Make sure you eat more on training days. If you eat enough and at the right times, you should be able to do both at the same time (build muscle/burn fat) but as others have already explained, it will be a slow process.
The alternative would be to focus on fat loss now (while maintaining lean muscle) and when you reach your goal weight or body fat % where you don't mind putting back on some weight. Give your body a surplus of calories on training days and gain weight back (muscle and yes, a little bit of fat) but if you train heavy enough and eat right it will be more muscle than fat. You can always go back and cut fat again after if you feel you need to but as long as you don't create too large of a surplus and eat right, you shouldn't have to. Maybe a surplus of 200-400 extra cals on training days and at TDEE on rest days. Limiting your cardio to 3x 30mins of HIIT a week.
I recommend picking up the book (or downloading the ebook): The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift like a Man, Look like a Goddess.
I took a peak at the Firm DVD's you spoke of. They appear to be more circuit training (cardio) than strength training. I would highly recommend you independently follow a compound strength training routine where you use ***heavy*** weights/resistance and a barbell and reach muscle exhaustion in 6-10 reps (3 sets) before moving up in weight. I'm 5'2 and 115 lbs and I don't pick up a weight any less than 40 lbs (for one-arm rows) and lift up to 150 lbs (deadlifts) and that only puts me half way through intermediate level. Of course, as long as there is no medical reason preventing you from lifting heavy.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (09:01)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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