In my career, I spend a lot of time onstage singing, so one would understand why I want to keep an eye on my weight. I’m 20 years old and about 5’6″. According to charts, I’m not overweight—I’m right where I should be for my size and age. I do have some areas that could use a bit of work though, which I’m more than willing and able to do; I just need the right suggestions.
To burn fat and build lean muscle, but overall, I just want to stay healthy.
1.) What kinds of foods are best to eat while trying to stay in shape? What kinds of foods should I avoid?
I know cutting down on the sugar and eating more vegetables will help, but I’d like some answers from someone who knows what they’re talking about, has been there, gotten results, and isn’t trying to sell me something. (But sorry, there is no chance of me becoming a vegetarian.)
2.) I have an Ab Lounge, and I’ve started using it again. Besides crunches, what are some other techniques to build and tone muscle for the whole body, without acquiring a bulky physique? I’d like to stick with lean, more “girly” muscles, I guess. lol
3.) I know that to get the best results, I have to not only build muscle but BURN FAT which is key. What are some at-home exercises I can start doing that will get my heart rate up? What kinds of specific aerobics moves, number of repetitions etc.? (I’d walk around town more, but it snows here until March or April.)
Any answers will be appreciated, as long as you’re not being mean or creepy. =)
I’ve also heard that increasing the amount of water that you drink every day will help with your weight control. I already know it keeps you hydrated and helps clear your complexion, but is the weight thing also true?
*** YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SO GREAT that I, myself, can’t choose the best answer, so I’m gonna leave it up to the voters. Thanks so much. =)
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