This is probably the biggest I've been, Im currently working on shedding some fat and slowly but surely it's happening. Honestly though somedays I feel like a lean machine and other days I feel heavy and bloated. I Wasn't feeling my leanest here although I've been hitting my workouts hard but that's the reality...Gotta love those body fluctuations ... speaking of fluctuations let's talk about how much our bodies can change due to normal things.
Hormones, stress, our lovely lady friend that visits once a month, foods that aggravate our intestines which lead to bloat, constipation or diarrhea... all these can hide progress and in turn de-motivate you. There are steps you can take to minimize these effects on our body.
1.You should strive to find out which foods you're sensitive to, this can help so much with a leaner tummy and lighter feeling which of course will make you feel better and possibly give you better skin too! Food diaries can help!
2. Stress, the killer! should be something we all need to work on not just for a smaller midsection but also for health & longevity. Find something you enjoy doing daily that de-stresses you and DO IT!
3. Periods.... unfortunately are here to stay till menopause so just don't look in the mirror the week of your period 🤣 JK but avoid judgement during this time and let it pass.
What do you feel is your biggest struggle?
Muscle not only changes your body composition it helps you burn more calories. The more muscle you have the faster your metabolism.
When doing alot of cardio you are burning a good amount of calories however when you stop and your heart rate drops that high calorie burn stops. When strength training your body stays in a metabolic high and your body keeps burning calories at a higher level even after the workout. Then mix that in with the fact that muscle helps elevate your metabolism and a higher metabolism means you'll burn more calories at rest...I guess the lesson here
Make your whole day count not just the hour spent on the treadmill. 😉 *I'M NOT SAYING REMOVE CARDIO AND DON'T DO IT, it is healthy. I'm saying don't let it be your main form of workout.