You don't say how much weight you need to lose or whether you have a time limitation for some reason. As for exercise, any increase in the amount of exercise you do will be of benefit. How much benefit is an individual thing. If you just need to lose a couple of pounds, doing very little is enough. If you need to lose a lot of weight, it will take time to do it healthfully and will need to include a healthy diet as well as increasing your output of energy to burn off fat. Intermittent fasting, as anything else, works for some and not for others, and is healthy for some and not for others. It depends on how much fasting you're going to do. Remember, when you fast, you have fewer nutrients, and to increase exercise, you need more fuel. Because of what you're losing the weight to do, you want to do something that is a permanent and healthy change so the weight stays off and you stay healthy. Exercise is a great thing, but sometimes we forget that it's not exercise that we need to do but move. Our lives have become very sedentary, so we're no longer walking everywhere and carrying things all day and doing hard laborious tasks, which is what all animals including humans are programmed to do. What you want is to not be sedentary -- move. But again, the more you work your body the more fuel it will need. When you fast, at some point your body gets used to that your new normal and your metabolism slows down and you stop losing weight. If you permanently alter your diet and energy output, your body will respond but it will take time to do that. So again, it all depends on where you're starting from and where you want to get and how fast you want to get there and whether or not you intend to stay there. Peace.
Hi! So glad to see you here!! I have been working on this myself. My first thing I've done is to eliminate two things I know are not good for me. Soda or juice (sugary drinks) and desserts on a daily basis. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth. I have kids. We have sweet treats at my house. So, I gave up those two things. I agree about the fasting. I try to stop eating around 7 pm. If I need 'something' I have a cup of warm tea. Why that kind of fills me up and makes me feel cozy at night, I don't know. But it helps. Then I don't eat again until the next day at least after 7 am. That's 12 hours without eating. I've read this helps. I try to be reasonable about portion size.
What I am doing now is eating very healthy for breakfast, lunch and if I have a nibble for a snack and then eating what I make the rest of the family for dinner. It try to make healthy dinners but do go ahead and eat whatever it is that lands on our dinner table.
Losing weight seems much more about what we eat than how much exercise we do. But exercising at least 30 minutes five times week is good. I am trying to think of adding something 'extra' to up my regular work out. I added hand weights, for example and exercised for 5 more minutes than usual.
How are we going to get through the holidays? lol Eating at this time of year is dangerous. :>))
I would add, at such a young age you have plenty of time to do this correctly, and you need to, in order to be healthy for your child and for the weight to stay off. It would not be wise to get slenderer to get pregnant but with no long-term plan to keep the weight off. Despite mythology in the baby world to the contrary, I gained 15 lbs. when breast-feeding, for example, and I was never overweight before. The body is surprising when pregnant and nursing, so you have to make your new diet and exercise plan a permanent life change. Moms need energy, and need to be healthy to be there long term for their child, and of necessity they have to be ready to run fast at any given moment! lol So whatever you do, choose a plan you can stick with. A nutritionist might help, if you can find a good one.