Question from AndreaM

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Hi Lisa, another question. Most people start losing weight the minute they cut out some junk food or just increase their water intake. I have always been a big water drinker and eat relatively healthier than most people I know but losing weight is very difficult for me (I think its genetic). My mom and sister were saying it’s probably because my fat is so compact, I don’t have flabby fat, my arms, thighs everything is fat but hard like muscle, could this be more difficult to lose than flabby fat?

Submitted by Andream on 14 July 2014

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Variety in your training and clean eating are everyone’s tickets to weight loss. There are many reasons for a plateau, though. Although you eat healthily, you may need to check that there is a deficit in the calories you take in in a week versus the calories you burn in a week. Then, your training needs to vary wherever possible. Doing the same exercise week in and week out won’t earn you different results! Make sure your cardio has intense sprinting intervals to keep them effective, and lift heavy in your strength sessions. Weights should be heavy enough to only just manage 3 sets of 8-12 reps for each exercise. If you are struggling, you may need to check for food allergies or intolerances. These can often negatively influence digestion and weight.

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