Sounds realistic. I lost a little more than that in 8 months.
A few things I want to address in your post;
Cutting back on sugary foods will be helpful, you don't have to give them up completely... I never did. Just learn how to enjoy less healthier foods in moderation.
Fat can be good for you... healthy fats that is (your poly and mono-unsaturated fats). Basically, your cold water fish, nuts/nut butters, seeds/seed oils, olives, avocado, eggs, chicken, etc.
Remember, it's not directly the food you eat that makes you gain or lose weight. It's all about the amount of calories you consume. However, certain foods may help you to stay more satiated and less likely to over eat. The reason people cut back on added sugar is because;
a) it's nutritionally devoid
b) it can cause negative health effects
c) it can lead to cravings for more sugar that turns into overeating
d) it burns away quickly, leaving you hungry again shortly after
The reason some people cut back on fat in their diet;
a) fat is the most calorie dense nutrient so the calories from fat adds up quickly (but this can be controlled by just having smaller portions).
b) saturated/trans fats have negative health effects associated with them.
The next thing. I'm sure it's already been said (haven't read the other posts yet) is that you can't target fat loss. When you lose weight it's genetics that determines where it comes off your body. Unfortunately, if your stomach tends to be where you store the most fat you should expect that it will hold onto fat a lot more than other areas of your body. That's exactly where my body likes to store it. Pear shaped people will struggle more with their bottom and legs.
Strength training exercise (like crunches) work the muscle and have nothing to do with the fat on top so there's no sense in doing them until you're blue in the face in an attempt for a thinner waist line. However, you should definitely include a full body, strength training routine with compound exercises and challenging weights to;
a) ensure you are not losing lean muscle/tissue while you lose weight
b) keep your metabolism revved up
c) all the wonderful health/fitness benefits strength training provides
d) improve your body fat percentage (how much muscle you carry vs. fat)
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.
All that matters is that you be the healthiest you, you ca
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