How can I lose this flab and keep my muscle
September 11, 2010 12:28 PM Subscribe
I've gained some muscle...and lots of fat. I need some help with losing the extra fat, keeping the muscle I have gained, and dealing with feeling lots heavier.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
For a very long time, I've been a pretty sedentary office worker. I was a healthy weight, a sort of "skinny fat" at 6'1 and 168 lbs, wearing a size 4/6. Then on May 1 of this year, I started a 3 month internship that required me to be on my feet a lot.
When I came home I had gained 10 pounds but was pretty much the same size as when I left, maybe my jeans were slightly tighter. However, my husband said I looked a lot more toned. Since I've been home (I've been back for about a month) I've gained another ten pounds. I've also been working out and I have also been eating a ton of carb laden junk food and back to my old office job. I definitely have gotten fatter, my old jeans dont fit me any more at all. But I've been getting more fit, I took a 14 mile round trip hike up the tallest mountain in our state and handled it fine.
So here I am, 20 pounds heavier than when I started this year (I'm 6'1 and 189 lbs as of today), feeling gross and huge, but also slightly more fit and toned. I need to now lose the extra flab I've piled on, but I also want to keep the muscle mass I've added. I'm clueless on how to do this. I have a feeling if I can lose this excess flab and keep my muscle, I'll look better than I've looked in a long time.
I'm female, I'm a vegetarian (I eat cheese and eggs and yogurt) and I'm in my late 20's. My basic plan is this:
1. Eat lots of veggies, tofu, yogurt, fruit, eggs, and cheese and try to keep things as low carb as possible. Not sure how many calories a day is optimal.
2. Workout 3-4 days a week. This means 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill and then 30 minutes of doing whatever weight machines I feel like at the gym.
I don't know if I'm doing this right or how I can do things better. I want to do this quickly. I'm going on vacation at the end of the month with friends and I dont want to feel the way I do now, like a giant beast. How can I best lose this weight quickly, please tell me.