Originally Answered: I need to lose weight? Is this a good plan??
First of all, something a lot of people don't understand about getting a fit and mean body, is that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. In the past two years I have gone from being a chubby child to having a really slim toned and fit body. At first I struggled with losing weight because like you, I was stuck in a bit of a rut. Only when I realised that I was the only thing stopping myself from achieving my dream body, was when I started to see real results. You see, it's really easy to kid yourself into thinking your eating really healthy and making changes, however if you want to lose weight, you really need to crack down on yourself and be really picky about the content of your food. Never cut out any particular food group from your diet, as this can have the opposite effect and make you put ON weight! Instead it is really important to have a balanced diet. You also have to wake up and realise that there is no such thing as a diet! If you want to see permanent results, you need to make permanent changes and make health and fitness a lifestyle choice.
Try eating less red meats and more lean chicken or fish. Also, aim for your 5 portions of fruit and veg every day! Fruits like blueberries and strawberries go really nicely with Greek yoghurt ( I recommend Total 0% Greek yoghurt because other brands are often full of sugar) and are great for overall health! Something that I absolutely swear by js green tea! It may take a while for you to get used to the taste, but drinking 3-4 cups of this each day will do your body wonders!! Cutting out little things like sugar in tea and coffee and switching to skimmed milk may also help you! On the other hand, don't get so caught up that you deprive yourself of treats! Instead of eating sweets on your cheat day, find other ways to help your hunger! Try eating two pieces of dark chocolate every day (which is good for you in small amounts) to help keep your sugar cravings at bay! Also, drinking water and tea before and during your meals will help you fill up sooner and help digestion! It out fizzy drinks from your diet completely, even the diet ones are terrible for your body!
Just check the nutrition content on everything!!
Now, when it comes to exercise, I find that doing 30-60 minutes of cardio 5-6 times a week is a good way to lose weight. Try something like tennis or running or take up some other sport! I know you may be embarrassed to be in a costume, but swimming is the most amazing activity for losing weight and toning up your whole body. Also, you could try doing squats, sit ups, planks, press ups (etc) every night! These will help build muscle which will help to burn some of the fat from your body quicker. A combination of cardio and strength exercises like these should be the best way forward!
Something else I strongly recommend is the 'my fitness pal' app! It's amazing! Logging all the food and exercise you do is a really good way of sticking to your healthy eating plan and will give you an insight to the nutritional content of a lot of foods!
Losing weight the healthy way will take a long time, so you have to be incredibly patient! As long as you do so, you will eventually lose the weight! Just stay strong and good luck!!