can you recommend what i can do as a beginner, to loose weight. I am 5'1" and weigh about 165. I've slowly gained my weight for the past 8 years. I have a wedding that I have to attend in July, I really want to look nice and feel good. Also what do you think about the insanity workout?
Hi! The first thing you can do as a beginner to lose weight is to take an honest look at your eating habits by writing down everything you eat for 4-5 days. Look at your food log and try to find ways to gradually improve your choices and habits. I’m sure you already know the common sense rules when it comes to what’s healthy and what’s not. (Check my page “clean eating” for some more ideas)
About Insanity: it’s undoubtedly an effective workout program to lose weight. Shawn T (the trainer) is motivating and looks fine :)… I like how he gets all sweaty and out-of-breath too, suffering with the rest of us, while explaining the moves. He is a treat to watch when he’s shirtless in video #6 “cardio abs”… Even video #11 “max recovery” where he’s wearing a spandex is still eye candy (he’s got such a cute muscular butt aha :)
Anyway, back to the workout itself: if you’re a total beginner with extra body weight, I’m afraid insanity might be too heavy on your joints. But it all depends on your motivation and fitness levels. An easier workout could be Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30 - level 1”. You don’t do any move for more than 30 seconds which makes it a bit less discouraging for a fitness newbie.