I have been reading/studying this forum for weeks now and have learned so much invaluable information regarding diet and fitness.
I started this journey in April this year and have lost about 20 pounds by cutting down on calories and working out at the gym.
Current stats: height - 5f 7 1/2
weight - 132 pounds
body fat - 20%
Diet - I have cut out white bread (replace with brown), white pasta,sugar, snack food etc
Breakfast - 3 eggs (2 yolks) and 1 slice of brown bread, green tea
Lunch - banana, oatcakes etc
Dinner - Baked potato, slice of processed cheese, broccoli
Snacks throughout day - oranges, bananas, apples, melon
I think I'm eating about 1500 cal per day. Although my fear over counting every single calorie is that I become obsessed with the whole thing!
Workout - 3 times per week.
20-30 mins of HIIT (treadmill mostly, but starting the step and wave machine)
Then I move to the machines and do leg extension, leg curl, leg press, ab
cruncher, fitball (sit ups), row pull machine, free weights for arms.
Squats - I do 60 per night before bed.
I am also very active, as a mother to two young children, so spend alot of the day running around doing housework and childcare etc.
My upper body has come in amazingly! It is really toned, I have a flat stomach, starting to see the abs, arms are really toned and hardly any fat around upper body at all. Infact some people have commented that I am getting too thin or overdoing it on the muscles!
BUT - my lower body is holding on hard to that fat. It is starting to go but very slowly! My bum is starting to shrink, so too my thighs, but my lower legs and knees are just surrounded by stubborn fat! It is so fustrating!
The fitness instructors at my gym have commented that it will take time and these are genetically the last areas to shed the fat on my body and I know from experience that this is true, but I just wish my cankles would just shrink and lower leg fat would disappear so that I can at last expose my legs to the world!
Does anyone have any idea how fustrating this is? Does anyone know how long it will take for all this lower leg/knee fat to go away?!!! anyone any experience of this body weirdness???!!!
Also I retain water, my lower legs look and feel swollen at bed time (so Im starting the dandilion root tablets)!