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JessIsOK
03-18-2004, 11:18 AM
OK, so what type of workout would you guys say helps you lose weight the fastest? My first time on Weight Watchers, I lost 40 lbs in a relatively short period of time by working out at Contours Express (similar to Curves). Every week at weigh-in, I would be down 2 or more lbs. Although I managed to keep over half of it off, I'm finding that I can't lose the weight that quickly. I burned myself out on Contours, so I've been going to the Y and walking briskly for 1/2 hour, then doing about 15 minutes of weight work (alternating lower and upper body). Sometimes I'll do a Firm workout (usually Cardio Sculpt, because it's the most fun) or take a WATP 3-mile walk if I can't get to the Y. But the weight isn't coming off like before. Should I be doing something different or is it just harder to take off weight that you've lost and regained?

Thanks for your help!!
Jess


SeekInnerThinChick
03-18-2004, 01:07 PM
I've been going to the Y and walking briskly for 1/2 hour, then doing about 15 minutes of weight work (alternating lower and upper body).

You could try doing intervals on the treadmill, in other words add some light jogging and incline/decline work mixed to the walking. This should help get your fitness a little higher. I'd try different machines, too, like an elliptical trainer with arm handles. The more muscles you involve in the work, the better. Also try your routine outdoors, weather permitting. A little more weight work wouldn't hurt.

Should I be doing something different or is it just harder to take off weight that you've lost and regained?

I've heard that's true. But try more variety and little bursts of intensity in your work. Sometimes you get to "cruising speed" on your fitness plan. The body gets efficient at the work, so you're not burning as many calories as you once did. Cross-training and intervals can shake things up a bit. It's more interesting, too.

Jennifer 3FC
03-21-2004, 01:09 AM
Hi Jess, I actually just read today in Shape Magazine that weight IS harder to lose the second time around. I can't remember the exact words, but it talked about weight regained coming off slower.

I did Taebo for weeks and didn't lose a thing. I was doing a 30 minute tape and I think that was why. I need sustained exercise with some good sweating for an hour to get any results. With the 30 minute tape, I was quitting just as I got to fat burning. I was an avid treadmiller until we got such a harsh winter. My basement was too cold to exercise in, so I bought the WATP 4 Mile Express tape and I really liked it. It lasts an hour, so I get in plenty of fat burning time.

Also, you might want to consider lifting weights. I am 'just about' to start that as well. Just short weight training to increase my muscle mass. Lean muscle tissue burns more fat than...fat, so you'll get more bang for your buck if you lift and do cardio.