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Frugal Weight Loss and Body Shaping

I just weight myself this morning and after a little over 3 weeks, I’m down 20 pounds!

So what’s the big deal about losing 20 pounds?

I’m going to exercising to start shaping my body into the athletic look that improved the way I feel and perform when doing physical tasks.  It’s nice to be thin, be even better to be in optimal shape to go with the look.

How am I going about it?

I decided to start my frugal weight loss using the Akins diet.  It’s a very cheap way to start if you use eggs and cheese as your stable during those first few weeks of the diet.

The problem with dieting is that while you’re losing fat, you are so losing muscle, but that’s where exercise comes in.  Exercising helps to maintain the muscle mass while stripping away the fat from your body while dieting.

A low carb diet is excellent for working out with weight and dieting at the same time.  Since your meals are higher in protein than your typical diet, if you work out with weights or some form of resistance training, your diet provides a steady stream of protein building materials.  They are perfectly complimentary to each other!

Vitamins are a stable!

While a low carb diet (like Akins) is high on protein, I’ve found that it’s necessary to supplement the diet with a daily intake of vitamins.  Not only are they required by the body, they also help expedite the weight loss process.  I might talk more about my selection of vitamins in a future post, but for now taking any multi-vitamin is good and can only help!

Starting slowly

Instead of jumping in and starting to lift weight right out of the gate, I’m going to start resistance training by doing pushups, situps, no weight squats and some curling with light weights.  I’ll do this routing for a few weeks to a month, then I’ll shift gears and start using the weights I have at my house to move into more of a heavy resistance-training routine.

And this is how I’m going to go about it!

Thanks for following me on the start of my new lifestyle, it should beat my middle class lifestyle!

MR

11 Responses to Frugal Weight Loss and Body Shaping

  1. Weight training is so important as we get older, so it is a great idea to add it to your weight loss regimen.

    You are doing a fantastic job. Just don’t restrict your diet too much!!!

  2. congratulations – don’t forget to squeeze in some cardio, which is increasingly important as we grow older

  3. Congrats on the progress. That’s great. Your plan sounds great to me. Active living and a healthy nutritious diet is key. Good luck.
    Don’t forget to squeeze in some yoga and pilates. Core strength and flexibility are important as we get older.

  4. Andy Hough says:

    That is an impressive start. With the addition of exercise you should do even better.

    • I hope so. I went jet skiing this weekend and my leg, back and arm muscles are hurting today. If I were in better shape, it wouldn’t hit me so hard.

  5. Wow, 20 pounds in 3 weeks. Congrats, way to go!

    I had been in really good shape until 4 years ago….metabolism decided to slow down just when my life got busier. I’m looking to get back on track, and others’ success helps inspire. I’m aiming to drop 20 to 25. That would be just right, as long as there’s muscle increase as well.

    • Sounds like a great goal! If I could lose another 20 to 30 pounds I’d be pretty happy with that size, especially if I should tone my body a bit more too.

  6. Keep up the strong work. I kinda fell off the wagon myself the last three weeks, but I am still down since February. It has been a little better this past week though. Enjoy getting back into exercise.