This Woman Stopped Doing Cardio and Lost 37 Pounds
Like many of us, Alice Fields struggled with the number on her scale despite dedicating her gym time to the treadmill. "I was getting up before sunrise and was running 5Ks every morning. It was torture. I wasn't something I enjoyed at all. But I thought it was what I had to do to lose weight," Alice told People. "I'd run until I couldn't run anymore, and I'd barely eat a thing. Yes, I might have lost 5 kilos in 2 weeks. But once I consumed a normal amount of food again, I'd put 7 kilos back on. It was the classic yoyo effect. There was no consistency."
That's when the now 24-year-old decided to give powerlifting a shot, and after hitting the gym consistently and adapting the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) dieting approach—which allows her to regularly indulge in foods like bread and chocolate—she watched the fat melt away and her fitness levels soar. "I started noticing changes with my body within about a month," she said. "Not only had my strength increased dramatically, but my whole body composition changed. My bum was perkier than ever and my clothes were getting [looser]."
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But, the process was far from effortless. "It was also challenging adjusting to tracking my foods—it takes time to learn what's in food and to read labels properly," she told the Daily Mail Australia.
Ultimately, it was worth it, and the Aussie-based lifter finally saw the results she wished for and couldn't achieve with cardio alone. "I'm always noticing my body change in positive ways, even if the scales stay the same, because I'm losing weight in some places and gaining muscle in others . . . I quickly realized, the more muscle I had, the faster my body burnt fat. Not just that, but having more muscle gives you that 'toned look' a lot of women want," she told People.
One piece of advice she swears by: "Just keep at it and try different things. Find something you love and get your friends involved and create that support base. Make it fun and make it consistent. I always refer to Dory's famous line 'Just keep swimming,'" Alice admitted to the Daily Mail Australia. Inspired by Alice's weight loss story? Try your hand at these 44 Ways to Lose 4 Inches of Body Fat to crush your own bod goals.
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