Hi! So I recently (a few months short of a year ago) stopped eating mammals for my mom's sake. She had surgery and couldn't eat fatty foods for a week or so, so I stopped eating it in front of her and it just sort of stuck. I began to eat healthier after that (at least one meal a day was a really creative, filling salad and all of my desserts were fruit). My weight was 150lbs (5'6) and I had lost twenty pounds before I knew it! I wasn't aiming to lose weight, something just clicked I guess. Once I realized I had lost all of that weight, I began to restrict to about 200-700 calories a day. I stopped losing weight immediately. I realized how unhealthy and foolish I was being after a scary little incident and I've decided it would be wiser to eat healthy again, and to aim to tone up more than lose weight. Before I get carried-away and tell you my life story, I'll (finally) get to the point; I'm at a plateau. It's been two months since my healthy-change and I haven't lost (or gained) any weight. I don't exercise much, but when I first lost weight I barely exercised at all! Do you have any suggestions? I'm sorry to make what should be fun into a homework sort of thing. Thank you!
It’s okay! Don’t worry about it.
Before you hit a plateau you created a deficit with food alone, so if you haven’t done a lot of fitness, this is the time to do it. It’s always easier to lose the first few pounds or so with just a chance in diet, but now you’re at the point where you need exercise to make a difference.
I would suggest starting out every other day and do more if you feel comfortable. The set-up is up to you. Perhaps alternate days with cardio and strength, or do both every other. If you check out my workouts page, there are plenty of resources for you.
For cardio, do at least 15 minutes everyday or 30 if you do it every other. Do whatever you want; running, walking, dancing, a video… Even if you just do some jumping jack throughout the day when you can, it will make a difference. As for strength, you should alternate muscle groups so you don’t overwork anything. For example, if I do abs and butt one day, I’ll do legs and arms the next. I’m not sure how to advise you on how much you should do, but just be sure you’re working hard and working up a sweat. At least 10 minutes should be fine.