In the last post about this topic, I picked two tips from Women’s Health Magazine to get started. I haven’t yet gone through a full week to let you know how the running is going. I counted last week as sort of a “practice round,” since I only had three workout days with which to complete my running goal. I definitely didn’t make it, but am confident that this week will be better! I also upped my protein intake, and I definitely notice a difference. Eating more protein in the early hours of the day has made me less hungry throughout the afternoon and evening. I can’t say my lean muscle mass is bulging or anything, but I feel like that’s a more gradual and long-term effect that I will just have to keep an eye on throughout the upcoming months.
In the meantime, I am going to look at a couple more of the tips:
Tip #3. Lift First, Nix the Rest: Doing strength training before cardio can torch more fat than cardio alone. And if you do one move after another without pausing, “you’ll see more gains in strength and muscle mass,” says Pierre Manfroy, MD, consultant for the book 100 Ways to Supercharge Your Metabolism.
This tip seems like it is slightly at odds with the running resolution. I know from just my short week of experimentation that it is TOUGH to log in two hours a week of running, particularly if you also add in strength routines and other varied forms of cardio. As much as I would like to, I can’t spend all day at the gym and I think going twice a day would qualify as overkill. So we’re going to see how I can incorporate these tips into a “normal” lifestyle. (Read: I have about an hourish to spend at the gym each day during the week – what can be done with that?) It seems like this tip takes precedence over the running tip, so all I have to worry about now is doing arm strength moves and being able to pump my arms afterward as I had trouble with here. In a (usually crowded) gym, it is sometimes difficult to do strength moves quickly in succession, unless I create a circuit for myself, like I did here. We’ll see how this plays out.
Tip #4: Graze: Women who go without eating for long periods are more likely to have higher body-fat percentages than women who nosh regularly, one study notes.
I chose this one because it’s one I already do, for the most part. On work days especially, I keep to a fairly regular schedule of eating every couple of hours. I spread lunch out in sections from 11am to 3pm and snack as well. I’m not as good about it on weekends, but that’s certainly something I can work on, isn’t it? 🙂