I **just** added a post in the general talk forum, and now saw this post. Support each other and lose 10 pounds!
But basically looking for the same thing! A little support group of sorts where we can check in with each other and "report" to each other (I guess I behave better if I have to report to someone).
OwnedbyAlli had great advice. I've worked with several different personal trainers over the years and what you ate was always VERY important.
I'll have to grab my notebook at home to verify, but you want to eat a minimum 1 gram of protein per pound of your body weight. Yes. That's a lot of protein. I'd usually supplement a protein shake in during the day (30+ grams) to help me get to that point. You want to minimize your good carbs but do not cut them out. (I'm blanking on the gram amount). On one eating plan I had, I ate 1/4 cup of Quaker oatmeal for breakfast and then either another 1/4 cup at lunch or 1/2 sweet potato. I was allowed Oatmeal or sweet potatoes or .... (forgot the other one, have it written down) only for my carbs. And eat a ton, ton, ton of veggies. You can have one fruit a day, but that's about it because of the natural sugar content.
Yup, that's an extreme diet. My personal trainer was convinced I should go for a figure competition because I was proportioned perfectly (haha, whatever), so that was HIS goal. I just went with it for a while because I did
give great, great results.
As far as cardio went, that was a little time consuming, but awesome. I did 40 to 50 minutes cardio 5 days a week (keeping my heart rate around 150 bpm with my heart rate monitor) and about an hour of weight lifting 3 times a week. The one trainer showed me an awesome wegith lifting program where you work antagonizer muscle groups together. So for example, you'd do a set of biceps, and then go right into doing a set of triceps. Do 3 to 5 sets, no rest in between.
I also bought the P90X system last year to use while I was traveling on my medical rotations. I never knew I could get such an @$$ whooping in front of my TV.
Edited to add that you need to drink a lot of water. You need to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 lbs of your body weight. Yes, initially, you will be making a lot of bathroom trips! But water is essential. Ever wonder why the body builders walk around with a gallon of water during their workouts? Water is key.