Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! She has already has a very nice, feminine shape. This will be awesome to follow, because she’s going to look GREAT. She’s proportional but puts most of her fat in her midsection, which means her waist/ dress size will come down quick.
Oh, and I don’t even know if all that’s possible in 4 months…is it?[/quote]
As for your question, absolutely. 4 months is plenty of time to see some MAJOR changes. I’d echo Coyote about Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer. If she’s never lifted, it’s a good place to start. It will just take her through a basic program everyday for 12 weeks. It covers nutrition as well.
Also, there’s a free program on the web called fitday.com - People who keep a food journal or log tend to be more successful at weight loss. I used fitday, but now I just keep a small notebook and food scale on my kitchen counter, mainly to make sure I hit my protein targets.
My recommendation is to make lifting weights the priority in terms of exercise. She will start to see results within 6 weeks, FOR SURE.
Can I ask what her current diet is like? If she’s just looking to loose a few pounds, it might come off pretty quickly with some minor diet tweaking. Stuff like cutting soda and alcohol.
If big portions at dinner are the main problem, then try substituting a protein shake like Metabolic Drive Low-Carb formula for a meal. That’s just a very simple idea that will cause a lot of people to drop some pounds. [/quote]
She eats fairly clean, Breakfast she usually has with me, and I have something with eggs/veggies 5 days a week, with a litre of water and she’s been taking fish oil and multi’s since meeting me…I converted her on that one. She does “Insanity” 4 mornings a week, as she’s convinced by everyone and their dog at work that it works wonders…so she’ll have a higher carb meal post workout.
Usually a small thing of greek yogurt for recess (she’s a teacher), then a spinach salad with a protein (Fish/chicken) for lunch and will have another small serving of cottage cheese sometime between after school and supper.
Supper brings a random meal that we try to keep healthy, but once a week it’s on the other extreme of things (Last night we went for nachoes and they were EXTREMELY good, but EXTREMELY greasy).
I think her main problem is that she snack (Alot) and doesn’t really think about things that bother her stomach until after the fact. One example being marshmellows, she eats a marshmellow and her stomach expands 7 inches (we were curious one night so we measured, then again the next day, as it’s actually oddly interesting to see) but she will eat them regardless of the discomfort.
I think another problem is that she’s a distance runner, who run’s for causes, she’s running Goofy (it’s basically a 1/2 marathon followed by a full the next day) next year to support Lymphoma Research, something she’s very passionate about as she had it growing up.
Now, I’ve managed to convince her that the distance running won’t help with the fat loss thing so she’ll be taking a 4 month hiatas off after she runs her 1/2 marathon this upcoming Sunday. In support of my argument I sent her to Rachel Cosgroves article on how she got chubby when training for an IronMan and then toned up again doing no cardio and lots of weights. From which she got the idea that she should lift weights (which I agreed with) but now she’s doing 4 days a week of Insanity in the morning and Cosgroves Female Body Breakthrough workout at night. Is that too much? Will it have her seeing results? I’ve done the 2 times a day but never with weight loss in mind…But, while I was actually trying to put weight on with Waterbury’s Next Frontier program (Which worked wonders) http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/bodybuildings_next_frontier
I also suggested she would need to lift weights if she wants a bit of muscle