Step 1: Reduce calories by about 250 a day; while it’s a slower weight-loss process, you shouldn’t lose muscle. You should lose about 1/2 lb. a week. When you hit a plateau, reduce your calories by another 100-200 calories a day.
Step 2: Make sure to eat nutrient-dense foods, which maintains & builds lean muscle mass. A diet that’s lacking in nutrients, results in a less-than-desirable appearance, such as skinny legs and a belly that sticks out.
Step 3: Do 30 minutes of cardio every day. Excessive cardio will strip off muscle, which will result in loose skin, and a skinny-fat appearance.
Step 4: Weight-train 2-4 days a week. Adding weights will boost your metabolism, and increase dense muscle mass. Lifting weights will give you curves, like shapely legs, toned arms, and a lifted butt. Make sure to strengthen each and every body part to prevent imbalances, and create beautiful symmetry.
Don’t worry about the scale. Check your progress by taking photos, seeing how your clothes feel, by taking measurements, and/or keeping a food log. Your goal is NOT to lose pounds, it’s to reduce bodyfat, which the steps above are designed to do.
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