Welcome to Miss Fit–a weekly advice column from someone who is a bit of a non-conformist when it comes to health and exercise. This week she answers questions about rapid weight loss, getting rid of stomach flab and marathon injuries.
Dear Miss Fit,
I have lost 30 pounds since the summer and want to lose another 15 before Christmas. What is the best way to do this?
Congratulations on your goal to get healthy! Wanting to lose another 15 pounds is definitely doable (assuming your doctor concurs), but with less than four weeks until Christmas, you may want to rethink your goal. The average and safe weight loss is roughly 1-2 pounds a week (most people tend to lose more at the beginning of their new lifestyle, but then that slows down). So, realistically, you could shoot for another 4-8 pounds before the holidays. Since you have already lost 30 pounds, you know all about healthy eating and exercise. The one piece of advice I will give you is this: Continue to challenge your body with exercise and change your routine daily and weekly. For instance, if you are running three miles a day, every day, your body will get used to this and your weight loss will plateau. You’d be better off running 4-5 miles one day, doing 2 miles of hills/sprints on another day, taking a spin class one day, etc. You want to mix it up for the best results!
Dear Miss Fit,
My stomach flab is driving me crazy. I am toned in every other area of my body, but I have several inches of loose fat around my middle that I can’t get rid of. Any advice?
Yes! Don’t try to spot-train. A lot of people mistakenly think they can crunch their way to flab-free abs, but the truth is, ab exercises will only tone the core muscles, not get rid of the fat (which, by the way, crunches are not your best bet for this–planks are). The only way to lose the fat is to lose body fat, which means dropping a few pounds. Focusing on an overall fitness program with total body exercises is your best way to tone those abs.
Dear Miss Fit,
I am training for my first marathon. How do I know if aches and pains are just muscle soreness from the training or an injury that I should worry about?
First of all, congrats on training for your first marathon! That’s awesome. The general rule of thumb is this: If there is soreness on both sides (of your hamstrings, quads, glutes, etc.), then there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But if there is a pain just on one leg and not the other, then it’s probably an injury of some sort and you should consult your doctor.
Have a question? Send us your dilemmas about feeling like a misfit when it comes to eating, fitness, going to the gym or dealing with yoga bitches, and Miss Fit will take a turn at answering them. With 10 years of trying to be a better athlete and testing her willpower at every turn, while coaching others to do the same, chances are she’s heard it all before and can share some wisdom.
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