Friday, January 09, 2015

It's ANOTHER New Year, I'm still Sparking; but I'm searching for the matches to relight the fire! I joined a 'healthy lifestyle' group about a year ago, took on a lot of information which didn't really apply to me and found I was eating fewer calories than ever, although healthier choices. Does anyone with experience out there have some wise advice to share? I'm middle-aged-ish, working hard with a family and study. Things can get stressful, then I'm not hungry. I tend to eat about 1000 cals a day, regardless of the type of food. I've topped that up with nuts and seeds recently to see if I can find some energy to exercise.
A good description of my body would be 'chunky' and I carry my weight around my waistline. I have what is described as an 'apple' shape with big top half.
What do I do? Eat more to get energy, then get exercising to tone up?
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    Apple shapes have stubborn and even dangerous belly fat that makes it difficult to lose weight when consuming certain types of foods. Lose weight according to your apple type for greater success.

    This is from LIVESTRONG

    Step 1 Reduce the amount of sugar you consume and avoid sugary treats, such as soda, candy and refined carbohydrates. Carrying your weight in your middle often means that your body doesn't regulate body sugar well.

    Step 2 Eat food high in fiber. Fiber takes longer to digest, which helps to stabilize both blood sugar and insulin levels for proper metabolizing. High-fiber foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils. Fill your plate with fiber before indulging in foods which might be higher in sugar, such as white bread or pasta.

    Step 3 Participate in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on a daily basis. Excess fat around your belly needs to be burned away. Dance, step aerobics, running, swimming and any other activity that raises your heart rate helps to burn your body's stores of excess fat for a svelter figure.

    Step 4 Target your midsection when doing resistance training. Strength training and aerobic exercise go hand-in-hand to help you tone and whittle your middle. strength training gives you a stronger core, resulting in a more toned look, better posture and continued calorie-burning. Proper crunches, Pilates and yoga all help to improve your core muscles.

    Step 5 Apple-shaped individuals are more prone to heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. All three disorders list overweight or obesity as a risk factor. Be sure to make an appointment with your primary doctor to keep a watch over your health.

    2210 days ago
  • RAIMA426
    That's exactly what you do! 👍. Eating more and more frequently will rev that sluggish metabolism up!
    2210 days ago
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