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  1. Thanks for all the responses. No big surprise but definitely what I needed to hear. I spent most of life believing that I hated exercise, but after forcing myself to go the gym, and sticking with it, it's now the best part of my day. I need to look at eating the same way, and hopefully it won't seem like such a chore after a while. My plan is to keep it simple, meat and veggies, and try to prepare meals on Sunday so I have food ready all week. Wish me luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk - now Free
  2. So the topic pretty much sums it up, I want to eliminate junk from my diet, but I end up eating it due to lack of time and motivation to prepare something healthy. I need some ideas for making healthy eating less time consuming and more convenient! Or maybe I just need to suck it up and learn to cook? Any advice is welcome!
  3. Awesome sites, thanks! I'm off to start reading. . .
  4. Any favorite articles or resources on cutting and calculating how many calories I should eat?
  5. Thanks for the replies, I'm glad to keep lifting, I really enjoy it far more than cardio. The only way I managed to stay committed to exercise in the first place was to focus on strength instead of focusing on losing weight or looking better. I'm hoping to stay motivated even though my goals will be shifting towards weight loss. . . I've yet to calculate my caloric needs or what my deficit will be. . .still researching and trying to get a plan in place before I start. I've never counted calories before so this will be new to me.
  6. I'm a 32 f looking for advice. I've always struggled with weight, and have never been a very fit person. I've been lifting for while now however, and it's going well, feeling stronger, very happy with my improvements in the strength department. I decided initially to focus on just getting stronger, but now I feel like it's time to take the next step and really try to loose the body fat. I'm mostly interested to hear what type of lifting routine people have followed while cutting weight. I plan to reduce my calories and increase my cardio. Up until now I've been lifting and doing light cardio about 4-6 days per week. I know its difficult (or impossible?) to gain strength while eating at a deficit, so I'm just not sure how much I should continue to focus on lifting. Also any tips on keeping mentally strong while eating less would be great! I feel ready to commit to eating healthy, but I know I tend to overeat when stressed, tired, emotional, etc. Mostly I'm curious what has worked for other people. I feel like I have a plan, but I need to a little confidence boost to help me stick with it and reach my goals. Thanks for any advice or words of wisdom!
  7. Thanks, I was thinking that maybe it was not such a good idea to keep up with the 5x5's while eating in a deficit, but it sounds like it isn't a problem as long as I'm realistic and focus on maintaining the amount of weight I'm currently lifting.
  8. Hey all, I'm a first time poster, so if this is in the wrong folder just let me know know! I have a question regarding programming a weight lifting routine while eating a calorie deficit. I would like to lose body fat, while maintaning my strength. How do you schedule your routines? How does it differ from when you are just trying to get stronger and/or bigger? More or less workouts per week? Do you lift less weight or do more reps? Or is there really no change at all in the way you workout while trying to cut body fat, and just change your diet? Background on me: 32y female, have been working out for a couple of years, LOVE lifting the weights:) and generally feel fit and strong, just have some extra "padding" that is hiding my super awesome muscles;). I most recently have been following the Stronglifts 5x5 program, and it's great, but I now feel like I need to really focus on losing the fat. I plan to eat a primal diet and eat at a deficit, and I also plan to increase my cardio. Problem is I really don't enjoy cardio, and really do enjoy lifting weights. I'm just stuck on where to go from here! Any and all help would be great!
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