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Postby bluebox451 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:26 am

I agree with Emma. You need to do more weights and make sure they are fairly heavy too. A lot of women think they will turn out bulky but that's not the case. I see heaps of women in the gym using baby weights thinking that's going to get rid of their flabby arms, its not. You need to use heavy weights (as much as you can handle) in order to build the muscle underneath, and as emma said when the last of the fat comes off then you will look toned and firm. I think you may be doing too much cardio as well. Remember, too much cardio will burn muscle as well as fat and that will be defeating the purpose of your resistance work. Nothing beats HIIT for cardio, so you could do this for 20-30 mins and maybe 30 mins weights and you would also cut your total workout time by 20 mins. Maybe a rest day in between each one hour session in which you could do something less intense like walking or cycling. By the way, what are you doing exactly for toning? Maybe if you post this info we can help further.
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:06 pm

I worry about this too. I have lost 35kg still have 5 (maybe 10, we'll see) kg to go but I still see a wibbly stomach and pudgy bum and thighs. I often wonder whether this is just about unrealistic expectations, for eg, my tummy is pretty flat when standing, but sitting makes rolls still and I wonder...could this be just what naturally happens to everyone, even skinny people? never having been skinny, I really don't know. Looking at my sis, who is the same height (well ok, just a tad taller) and 10kg lighter and looks absolutely fabulous, taught terrific and like one of those models on the magazines, her legs still spread out when sitting, she gets a 'bulge' at the knee when squatting and 'rolls' on her stomach when bending over/sitting hunched etc. So maybe, just maybe, if I retain my current mind set, I will always be 'fat' but not to anyone else...maybe it's just how I'm looking at myself rather than reality.

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:17 pm

hey tegan with all the weight you have lost do you still look at yourself like you still look the same as before you lost weight? its taking me a while to notice the changes in me. i still see rolls, stretch marks, wrinkles etc.
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Postby Groovychic » Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:21 pm

We will always see the bad things(even if they are small) before we see the good things about our bodies. And yeah Teagan I think that everyone pretty much gets a little fat roll happening there when you sit down. You're squashing your guts remember!!! They gotta go somewhere! :lol:

I think you have to just let nature take it's course. Any weight loss is better than none and exercising is the best thing. If you don't lose any weight from exercising, well it doesnt matter so much. You just need to get your heart working. Thats always been my thoughts anyway. Hence the extremely slow weightloss in my case! But I am used to it and it only really bothers me occassionally!
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Postby Shelli » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:18 pm

I found this website a while back, on one of my many diets, when I was disheartened, thinking what was the point of losing it all if I would still be flabby. Of course, I am only starting AGAIN now, but it might be worth a read?

http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

Also, the Sureslim diet adds seeds and oils which are 'supposed' to eliminate the worry of flabby skin. Yes, they are all high in fat, but good fats. I'm not sure how they would work now that you are so close to your goal (well done!), but it might be worth incorporating them into your diet. It couldn't hurt. (Just ignore me, if you already are!)

A teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and linseeds every day may help. It's worth trying, and if you aren't eating them as yet, I would love to know how you go if you do.

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Postby originalmel » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:40 pm

If you eat seeds and nuts though, make sure they are fresh (not from the supermarket).

The high fat content in them means they go rancid quickly, causing the fats to turn to trans-fats. These are terrible for your body, and will hinder your weightloss as well as age you. You are probably better off taking a supplement such as the one I use made by Usana.

Can't remember what it's called now, but it's in an orange bottle and is about $20. Oh yeah, Opt-Omega

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Postby Shelli » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:52 pm

originalmel wrote:If you eat seeds and nuts though, make sure they are fresh (not from the supermarket).

The high fat content in them means they go rancid quickly, causing the fats to turn to trans-fats. These are terrible for your body, and will hinder your weightloss as well as age you.


I'd never heard of that before. I buy mine in a packet from the health food store. I was on the Sureslim diet a few years back and lost 20 kg really fast. It definitely didn't hinder weight loss. Once again, life interfered and I put it all back on again. :roll:

Regardless of that, I have heard that buying supplements is not as good, because of what the product has to go through being bottled and supplied that way, it loses it's goodness.

I would MUCH prefer a supplement, I drink my seeds with water, like medicine, every day at breakfast. I hate them! But it's working!
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Postby Dee » Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:44 am

LOL It's funny cos some people love these foods that we have to force down our throats!

Apparently nuts and seeds shouls be kept in the fridge - they can go rancid pretty quickly if not well looked after. But technically, I beleive you should only eat raw nuts and seeds anyway, and being that most of them are toasted...

However, there is no denying that you feel more full after a handful of nuts than you do after a handful of chips - so perhaps regardless of fat content you are reducing your over all calories by not snackign so much?

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Postby Ally » Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:53 am

Yes it is true that you should keep your seeds in the fridge!! As for the fats in the nuts and seeds, I think it is very easy to get caught up in the "fat trap" diets teach us that fat is bad....our bodies need a certain amount of fats each day to keep us healthy and it is far better for it to come from a handful of nuts, seeds and avocadoes than it is from other unhealthy sources. Go the good fats!!
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Postby Shelli » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:45 am

Ally wrote:As for the fats in the nuts and seeds, I think it is very easy to get caught up in the "fat trap" diets teach us that fat is bad....our bodies need a certain amount of fats each day to keep us healthy


I totally agree. I went from the 'low fat' (no more than 30gms of fat per day) diet to Sureslim and was suddenly allowed to eat all these fats. After spending so much time checking the fat content of everything and buying everything 'low fat' only, it took a while to get my head around the idea that eating any fats would actually assist in losing weight.
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Postby Shelli » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:51 am

Dee wrote:LOL It's funny cos some people love these foods that we have to force down our throats!


I can't understand how anybody could actually love eating seeds.
(I'm sitting here with seeds, spoon and water as I type.)

A friend of mine was doing a detox not long ago and I remember her sitting there eating salted pumpkin seeds. She said they were yummy. Strange girl! (I'm not sure the 'salt' would have done her much good?)
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Postby originalmel » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:49 am

You should definately keep them in the fridge, and never eat toasted only raw.

I eat them every day. Also I take fish oil, and eat avocado too. These fats don't get retained like 'bad' fats, and do actually assist weight loss.

When I say they can hinder weight loss, I was talking about ones that have gone rancid. The health food shop might be better than the supermarket, I'm not sure. I buy mine from the local markets. Her nuts are all fresh, and taste sooo different than any packaged ones.

Also Shelli, which seeds are you drinking at breakfast? To get the nutritional benefits out of nearly all seeds, they need to be ground. For example linseeds will not break down in your digestive tract, they have to be ground. But they start to break down within 1/2 an hour of being ground. So it's a tricky one. That's why I drink the oil. Another good oil you could take is fresh grapeseed oil. It's chocca with antioxidents and is one of the only ones that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Anyway, enough science for me today!! :)
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