Nobody needs to be skinny, that's crazy 0.0 Well I guess it depends on what you define as skinny... I've noticed that nowadays people's definition of skinny is someone of a healthy weight which makes sense since the average person is overweight. However, if the person who searched that is reading this please reconsider that statement. Being stick thin is not healthy nor is attractive. Being healthy and fit is. Period (how ironic... often stick thin girls don't get their periods).
Anyways, on with the post!
My planks have improved drastically. You have no clue how happy it makes me! I took much fewer breaks during my 5 minute plank workouts and I'm actually starting to extend the workout. What I'm adding in are the Up-Down planks. It's a great way to add a solid arm workout to your plank series. I find them extremely difficult but I'll get there with time. My stomach itself is starting to look a lot more toned which is always a cherry on top :D I had my grandma feel and she gave me a thumbs up, Yay!
Something that I came across is this:
It makes sense because you can have amazing ab muscles but if you have excess fat then the fat will cover them. That's why sometimes you meet "chubby" people who are surprisingly really fit. So 70% of looking toned is just clean eating.
Some little tips:
- Ditch the sugar. Don't even buy white sugar, it tastes like **** Honestly when you switch to less refined sugars you will realized just how tasteless white sugar is in comparison.
- Complex carbs. Whole grains are filled with nutrients, energy, and fiber. Stick no unprocessed grains like buckwheat, millet, quinoa, amaranth, oats, wheatberries, ryeberries, spelt, kamut, non-white rice, sprouted grains and various beans.
- Start your day with a green smoothie.
- Lean protein with every meal such as goat yogurt, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu/ seitan/ tempeh, sesame seeds, beans, lean fish and meats.
- Include sources of healthy fats to keep yourself full and have radiant skin such as nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, and chia seeds.
- Veggies, veggies, and veggies. Did I mention more veggies?
- Fruits- Yum!
- Drink a lot of water
- Eat when hungry, stop when full
- Finishing a 10 mile run doesn't mean coming home and having cake. Your body needs proper nourishment to rebuild those muscles
- Don't drink your calories. All of those fancy drinks at cafes are loaded with sugar and fat!
I tried checking out some sample healthy meal plan and I was in shock. Most of them were 1200-1600 calories, which seems excessively low. A lot of the meal plans were not balanced and were basically protein + vegetables. Living off of protein is amazing for weight loss but it's not exactly healthy for the body.
My goal at the moment is to formulate some sort of a meal plan to maximize the nutrients I'm getting. Although I eat clean most of the time, sometimes I end up eating handfuls of cereal or sweets or peanut butter from the jar or just grab a slice of bread here and there :S I think that if I can have some sort of a solid meal plan then it can help me eat things that will properly fuel me instead of grabbing everything I see. I did some online calorie calculator thing which seems legit so hopefully that'll be a start point. I will also take a look into how much protein I need to consume and I'm thinking to write a post about the health problems with over-consumption of protein.
|1200 calorie meal plan my a** Do these numbers sound reasonable?|
|Endurance- one day I will do an ultramarathon!|
Any suggestions for good sites where to build a meal plan? Do the numbers from that calculator sound reasonable? Do you follow a meal plan or have you noticed improvements in your fitness due to clean eating?