In order to lose muscle, you need to not work that area. If you don’t work out, your muscles will undergo atrophy, or decrease from disuse. So drop all direct resistance on your legs (squats, lunges, etc). As for cardio, avoid the bike and rower. Jogging and/or walking is the best way to slim muscle in your legs. Low-medium intensity cardio for an extended period of time. Good luck! :)
Pretty much. Every woman is different and not everyone is 1200, but more are around that number so that’s why 1200 is the rough estimate. So for your net to be 1200, you would have to eat back what you burn, this goes to fueling your body and keeping your organs safe and your heart a beatin ;)
Oh my goodness!! You’re so sweet. Thank you and I’m so glad that I could help!! It’s messages like this that keep this blog going <3
reasons why john green is my favorite
- Guy: Are you looking for the 5's?
- Me: Why, are you done with them?
- Me: *grabs 15's and walks away*
You can burn 600 calories that’s perfectly fine. However, if you’re not giving your body enough fuel to deal with that 600 calorie loss, then it’s not perfectly fine. 1200 calories a day as a sedentary female is usually a general guesstimate for what she should be consuming. Eating 1200 calories doesn’t mean you’ll lose more while exercising. Yes, there’s a general “calories in calories out” equation people like to cling to when losing weight, but when you’re eating too little that goes out the door. Calories aren’t just fuel for your workouts, they’re fuel for you to LIVE. Your body needs a certain amount just to keep itself running. If you don’t feed it enough and then workout on top of that, expending even MORE calories than its already clinging onto, then your metabolism will slow down and your body will go into starvation mode. When this happens, you may lose weight because you’re taking in less calories than you’re ultimately expending, but what you lose is muscle, not fat. Let me repeat. Lose muscle. Gain fat. Your body will be holding onto fat and letting go of muscle because it doesn’t really know when it’s next real meal is going to be, and therefore it stores as much fat as it can to use for later and uses your muscles as energy to keep it alive. Your body’s primary source of energy is calories and when it’s not getting enough calories, it turns to it’s second source of energy- muscle. Your body’s third source of energy are fat cells and this is why it’s holding onto your fat for later use. This is why it’s possible to be an unhealthy skinny person. If you keep your body well fueled, it will let go of fat cells more readily because it doesn’t feel like it has to rely on that backup of fuel. It can eat up what it wants to - calories. You wouldn’t drive a car at half tank when you need to drive a few hundred miles would you? Not without a pit-stop for more gas. ;)
As for the second part, that is another health concern very near and dear to my heart that a lot of people don’t really understand. There is always a point to working out, even if you don’t think about it in terms of weight loss. Your weight and health don’t necessarily correlate. You can be a healthy overweight person or an unhealthy optimal weight person. Even if you are the most healthy fit/skinny/whathaveyou person in the world, you should still be working out for your heart, for your energy, for your ultimate health.
I really hate memes like this.
The whole concept of “deserving” a body is grotesque. You are who you are. Being a “better” person or simply wanting to change yourself doesn’t mean that you should suddenly look like a supermodel. If you wish to change your body, then it benefits you to look for healthy ways in order to do so. But that does not necessarily mean that you should be losing weight or inches - Images like this are putting pressure on the individual in order to force them into thinking society’s thin bias is in their best interest. But losing weight and inches does not guarantee that you’ll be happier or better off!
Moreover, this image implies that everyone needs to lose weight. That losing weight is something that should be continuously present throughout your lifetime. That the more weight you lose, the happier you will be, until death do you and your measuring tape part.
The truth of the matter is that not everyone should, can, or wants to lose weight. The person reading this meme might already be 6’1” and 90 pounds. Will losing a couple more inches help her achieve a better body? Does she deserve to go into starvation mode?
As much as it may disappoint some of us, you do NOT deserve to have your body naturally molded and shaped into the exact size and proportions that you dream of. That isn’t going to happen, nor should it.
What do you deserve?
- You deserve access to medical care in order to keep your body functioning in a safe and healthy manner
- You deserve education about your medical, fitness and health-related needs
- You deserve to feel happy and beautiful, no matter what shape your body may be
- You deserve to be able to carry your body with pride
- You deserve for society to stop pressuring you to change your body, based only on aesthetics, without any concern for your health or your own desires
- You deserve for your health to be judged only based on your health, not on what you look like
If you’re only focusing on inches, then you’re completely ignoring what actually makes your body, your health and your self-esteem important. If you believe that losing a few more inches will magically make you a better person, then please take a moment to seriously consider counseling. You deserve a healthier relationship with your body than that.
I thought this was well-covered in the fitblr community, but since I keep seeing posts about this, and I’ve seen people give advice that makes that seem okay, I’m going to try to explain why it’s not. I’ve made this mistake before. I wish people would do a bit more research about what they are doing to their body before they do it, I know I should have.
Why can’t you? Because it is not safe. You need your NET calories to be at least 1200. Net calories are the calories your body actually uses. So, say you eat 1200 and burn 600, you need to eat 600 more to compensate. If your net calories is regularly under 1200, your body will go into starvation mode.
What is starvation mode? Starvation mode is what happens when your body is not getting the minimum amount of calories (1200 is the general rule). Your body will eventually stop dealing with food the way it should. This won’t happen in one day, or even two. But if you make eating less food a habit, you can bet on it. Your body will start to try to protect itself by slowing your metabolism progressively. Also- instead of losing fat, your body will try to store any fat you may take in. Any weight loss you lose on a diet like this will be muscle loss, NOT fat loss. And if you aren’t aware, the more muscle you have- the more efficient your body is at burning fat.
So, if you want to feel sluggish, lose muscle, get weak, store fat, and be over-all unhealthy: keep up what you’re doing.
If you want to lose weight HEALTHILY and effectively, boost your metabolism, and feel better overall: EAT, and eat enough. I know a lot of people have this fear of food that they think intake = fat gain, but that mindset really needs to change.
Think about it like this:
If you fill up your gas tank half-way for a trip that requires a full tank, what would happen?
Your car would use all the fuel, run on empty for a little while, then break down.
I reblog this EVERY SINGLE TIME because I STILL see girls doing this.
i didn’t know that! is this true?
always have to reblog.
Fifth time reblogged and much more to come! <3
Here you go love! Good luck! :)