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    How to achieve nice toning being TT muscle type and middle aged

    Hi ladies,

    I am a TT muscle type so I need lots of reps and low weights.
    Height 1.65m
    Weight 54.5 kilos

    I just wondered, if you have tips when it comes to simply achieving to stay slim and become more toned?

    I am in my middle ages and have always done sport and want to stay nice and slim and become more toned, particularly upper arms and shoulders but no bulking, more direction Cameron Diaz. I walk a lot to keep fit as well.

    My currently partly in place partly endeavoured regime is:

    Sunday+Thursday
    Aerobics (Jane Fonda showing my age here )
    Weights:
    Triceps, Squats, Back, Biceps (Les Mills Pump Extreme tracks)

    Breakfast
    Before workout
    Coffee with a banana
    After workout
    Sugar free muesli with berries/grapes Inulin and BCAA

    Monday+Friday
    Aerobics (Jane Fonda)
    Weights:
    Shoulders (Les Mills Pump Extreme track),
    Cycle Chest:
    1 Lying Chest Fly (3 x 15 reps dumbbells)
    2 Lying Chest pullover (3 x 15 reps medicine ball)
    3 Lying Chest Throw Supine (3 x 15 reps Medicine Ball )
    Belly exercises (Jane Fonda)

    Breakfast
    Before workout
    Coffee with a banana
    After workout
    Sugar free muesli with berries/grapes Inulin and BCAA

    Tuesday
    Stretches/Physio core
    Biceps, Triceps (Les Mills Pump Extreme tracks)

    Breakfast
    Before workout
    Coffee
    Then fasting (keto effect)
    early afternoon
    apple and peanut butter
    2-4 small home-made protein enriched low sugar wholemeal cookies (containing ground linseed, oat, almonds, dried fruit, soya flour, honey)

    Wednesday

    Stretches/Physio core
    Belly exercises Belly exercises (Jane Fonda)

    Breakfast
    Before workout
    Coffee
    Then fasting (keto effect)
    early afternoon
    apple and peanut butter
    2-4 small home-made protein enriched low sugar wholemeal cookies (containing ground linseed, oat, almonds, dried fruit, soya flour, honey)

    Saturday
    Stretches / Physio Core
    Maybe a hike 14 miles or so

    Breakfast
    Banana Blueberry pancake with stevia
    Quark with inulin and fresh fruit

    Aside from intermittent fasting days (Tuesday, sometimes Wednesday, sometimes Saturday) I have my cookies as a snack, apple and peanut butter around mid-day, late lunch salad, and dinner varies, usually some lean meat with vegetables/salad, snacking: crisp bread or carrot or rice cracker or broad beans, and a sweet treat, if the scale allows.

    Thank you

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    For us Americans...

    5'5"
    About 120 lbs
    Slow twitch muscle fibers.

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    Whatever weights you're using, make sure they're heavy enough that you come close to failure(muscle should be starting to burn), in the 8-20 range. If it's easy, it's not doing anything.

    Try to get in at least 100g of protein per day.

    That's where I'd start you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ275 View Post
    Whatever weights you're using, make sure they're heavy enough that you come close to failure(muscle should be starting to burn), in the 8-20 range. If it's easy, it's not doing anything.

    Try to get in at least 100g of protein per day.

    That's where I'd start you.
    Thank you, CJ275, you hit the weak spot, I am battling to up the protein (still at around 20% protein and fat and 60% carbs from fruit and vegetables though, so at least some fibre, but not great!!), which is why I have now started to bake my own cookies so at least they are not too carb heavy and still something for my sweet tooth, and I snack on peanut butter. More chicken and fish and mushrooms for me
    Sugar spells FAT
    Processed meat is poison

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    I noticed no red meat was mentioned. If you choose not to eat red meat, you could be deficient in iron and B12. Red meat is high in both of those, among many other nutrients. The iron in veggies isn't the same, and isn't absorbed as easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ275 View Post
    I noticed no red meat was mentioned. If you choose not to eat red meat, you could be deficient in iron and B12. Red meat is high in both of those, among many other nutrients. The iron in veggies isn't the same, and isn't absorbed as easily.
    Oh, I didn't think of the iron, I thought the muesli would give me the B12. I'll go for some lean steak as well then.
    Thank you, and I shall learn to enjoy the burn a little more as well, no pain no gain!
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    You might also look into adding nutritional yeast to your diet. It's a delicious cheese substitute that is chock-full of B vitamins.

    Just don't take it if you have gout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TODAY View Post
    You might also look into adding nutritional yeast to your diet. It's a delicious cheese substitute that is chock-full of B vitamins.

    Just don't take it if you have gout.
    No gout, I'm safe Great tip, thank you!! Looks like you can sprinkle it on anything. I used to eat live yeast cubes from Germany mixed with milk and sugar, really good for the skin.
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    IMHO.....Whats going to do it is the constant gym time. Always burning cals and keep your metabolism high is key.

    How is your thyroid...??

    30/40g more protein i think will really help. 60% carbs is a lot if you are focused on toning and really keeping lean. Last, do you have 1 salad a day & 2 other servings of greens...??

    You have a lot of cardio/gym activity.....i think your diet is where you will find that last bit you are looking for.

    GL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymrat827 View Post
    IMHO.....Whats going to do it is the constant gym time. Always burning cals and keep your metabolism high is key.

    How is your thyroid...??

    30/40g more protein i think will really help. 60% carbs is a lot if you are focused on toning and really keeping lean. Last, do you have 1 salad a day & 2 other servings of greens...??

    You have a lot of cardio/gym activity.....i think your diet is where you will find that last bit you are looking for.

    GL
    Thank you so much, GL, funny you mention the thyroid, I was hyperthyroid and diagnosed with Graves 2 years ago (and found out they had overlooked it showing in my bloods 4 years ago!!), which explained muscle waste despite hard work on the weights and consuming plenty of added whey protein, and also quick exhaustion during workouts. Now I am on medication and it needs to be fine tuned in order to keep it from going the other way.
    I have to lower carbs, I fully agree and am working on it.
    Thank you so much for responding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TODAY View Post
    You might also look into adding nutritional yeast to your diet. It's a delicious cheese substitute that is chock-full of B vitamins.

    Just don't take it if you have gout.
    btw, I tried nutritional yeast and it's sooo delicious, thank you so much for the tip. I gorged myself it was so tasty. Great find!!

    Sugar spells FAT
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