Not sure whether to post this at the losing fat or bb section, so i'm sorry if this is the wrong section! I have another thread on the general section (will delete if double posting is inappropriate)
For the past 11 weeks, i have been doing HIIT/interval and minimal of swimming/p90x/gym (like once a week). Cardio is my main exercise.
This is what i have been doing for 3-4x/week:
warm up- 400m light paced jog (about 4-5min)
20s sprint, 40s jog repeat for 15 times (15min)
light paced jog for 10mins
1 min sprint and 1 min light paced jog for 5 time (10min)
My main goal when i started exercising was to lose my thighs. Sure, i have lost some weight and fats around my thighs but my upper body is losing more than my lower body. I look kinda in-proportional now, smaller face, smaller upper body but larger lower body. I'm concern on whether i'm doing it right. Even though i lost around 7 kg, i feel that those were my muscles. I read that too much cardio will eat your muscles (need some light here!) but I want to keep my muscles as they help to burn fats faster! I do my HIIT in the morning on empty stomach. Is there anything i should have before/after my session?
Also, i noticed that when i cut my carbs, i lost weight even faster but is it safe to just get carbs indirectly from other food instead of rice and sweet potato?
I'm a female.
Weight: ~57kg when i started and now ~50kg.
Height: 156 - 158cm (last time i measured was 2 years ago so yeah...)
Food: mainly chicken breast, salmon, eggs, tofu, sweet potato, yams, broccoli, spinach, mushroom.
Question: 1)Should i continue with what i am doing (HIIT) or start lifting and stop HIIT or do both HIIT and lift?
2) What should i have for my pre and post meal? Will having proper nutrition minimize my muscle loss during HIIT?
I want to continue to lose my thighs but at the same time maintain my upper body so i dont look weird. Please advise. Please share some workout routine, links/guide will be much appreciated!
Your advice is greatly appreciated, thank you! Sorry for such a long post..
I will include more details if needed.