Hello, I would like to introduce myself, I'm Rhiannon and I'm from the UK on the Wirral. I'm currently a size 12 to small 14 and want to be a size 8 to 10 by three months time, I'm not sure how possible this is. I used to be a size 8 five years ago but became very ill and have slowly put on weight. I'm now slowly starting to get better and want to slim down to a size 8 again. I have today just started the weight watchers diet and want to do exercise along my diet. What exercises do you think are good for achieving the lean look without building lots of muscle? This is all brand new to me so not sure how this website works.
Thank you for reading my babbling post, Rhiannon.
Hi, Rhiannon! Welcome! I can never remember how sizes in the UK compare to sizes in the US (I know it's either two up or down from here, but can't remember which). But either way, it looks like a good way to monitor your weight loss!
1. Running is the best for faster weight loss.
2. Walking is excellent. I walk a lot, and it's just like running, only you have to do twice as much to get the same calorie burn, but it's a lot easier on your bones and joints and healthier long term.
3. As for weight lifting, it's not really that easy for women to bulk up with muscles unless you are doing high-level training to be a muscle builder! So doing light weights is actually supposed to be beneficial to weight loss but strengthening more muscles (which gets your metabolism going faster). I am just now getting into doing some weights, so I'll have to let you know how that goes for me (and I also run, dance, and walk, too, lol!)
Pilates are the best to get that lean look without too much build up. Try Winsor Pilates. They have a few different videos ranging from 20 mintues to one hour. The 20 minute video 3 or 4 times a week is enough in the beginning. They also have a great buns and thighs toning dvd if youre like me and want to focus on those areas!
After a few weeks of the Winsor series you'll probably be pretty used to it and ready for the next challenge. I found a great FREE youtube channel that you can try. Its called blogilates and there are about 10 videos that are each 10 minutes long aimed at different parts of the body. The arm one is killing me but really paying off!
Good luck with it!
Thank you both so much, great advice. I think the power walking sounds good, I will do that every day with my dog. Pilates I have always wanted to do but there are no classes around where I live, never thought about getting videos, will definitely try them. I was also thinking of doing Yoga once a week with my local class, but that starts in August. My internet connection is very slow, so youtube takes forever to buff.
Thank you both so much, Rhiannon x