Firstly I'd just like to say hello and what a great website this is; I've been reading through a few of the posts and feel truly inspired by some of the pictures and success stories, and actually feel brave enough now to try and seek some advice and wisdom from you all if you don't mind lending me a hand
Basically I'm a 27 y/o female and I'd say my fitness ranges from mediocre to reasonably good; along with my weight I do tend to 'yo-yo' somewhat and go through fits and starts of exercising all the time to getting bored and slacking off and ending up back at square one. However, I really want to kick it in to touch now and permanently change my lifestyle and my body, and I'm hoping some advice and improved understanding on my behalf will help me reach my goals. I'm 5'7'' (67 inc) and approximately 164lbs at the moment; ideally I'd like to drop a lot of the weight but also replace the fat with some lean muscle. I'm not in to the ultra skinny girl look, I'd rather go for a strong, sculpted and healthy body.
I'm certainly not afraid of lighting weights and doing resistance, as I'm not from the thought group that assumes I'll become 'bulky' if I lift.
If someone can educate me and advise me on the correct way to go about it, then I will happily give it 100% knowing I'm going down the right road. I suppose it's the following questions that I've always had a mixed reponse from that confuses me, for example;
- Can I lose weight and build muscle / definition at the same time?
- How long will it take to drop significant bodyfat to see clear muscle definition?
- Should I cut first to my desired weight and THEN build muscle, or can this be done consecutively with diet?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm just really keen to make the necessary changes and get the correct information on board to do so. I hope you don't mind me asking and seeking your advice guys.
Thank you in advance x
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