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I want to look as slim as possible within 45 days. I know it's a weird question, I want some advice.

Currently, I am going to the gym for working out since January. (3-4 days per week).

I do cardio for 30 minutes(which includes striding, cycling and cross runner machine) and weight training for about 1 hour and 15-20 minutes abs workout.

In diet, I consume 4-6 egg whites, 30-45 gms for whey protein powder, veggies, oats, rice and chapati/bread.

My age is 22yrs, weight is 85kg and height is 5ft. 9in.

Target areas are the abdomen, face, and chest from where I want to reduce fat and this will make me look more leaner.

Dietitians and gym trainer near me are very costly and I cannot afford them.

What should I do for the next 45 days?

  • Does weight training help in losing fat fast?
  • Will eating no or low carbs and fat affect my health?
  • Should I increase the time and intensity of cardio and decrease the time for weight training?

Please help me.

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    Spot reduction is a myth. You can't target any area, the body has it's favorite spots for fat deposits, the only thing you can do is just get lean in general. – JohnP Feb 21 '19 at 13:56
  • When you say "weight training", what do you currently do for the hour+? Arguably weight training is more beneficial for body recomposition (i.e. fat loss and muscle gain) than cardio is, so my knee jerk suggestion is to look at your weight training and maybe adjust that and switch out the cardio. – Dark Hippo Feb 22 '19 at 8:33
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Don’t expect drastic results.

The bottom line is that you want to be thinner, let’s focus on that. The only way to accomplish this is by being in a caloric deficit. You should first estimate your TDEE with an online calculator, and second, subtract 10-20% of that from the total for the amount you should be eating to lose weight at a healthy rate. What is a healthy rate? Losing 0.5-1% of your total bodyweight each week is healthy in that it’s safe for lean mass retention and hormonal balance. Low carb and/or low fat diets are often problematic in that they are hard to maintain long term, they also don’t produce any additional weight loss, so I would recommend to avoid those.

Moving on from your nutrition, let’s consider your activities. Activities consume calories (something that is factored in when calculating TDEE), and as such increase the potential for being in a caloric deficit. Activities also have the potential to stimulate the growth of muscle tissue which is more metabolically active (burns more calories by its mere existence) than fatty tissue does. The best kind of activity for fat loss (not to be confused with weight loss) is therefore strength training, by which muscle mass is added to the body. The process of building muscle requires extra calories in and of itself, but a strength training session is also similar to a cardio training session in how many calories are consumed during the activity. This isn’t to say that you should only do strength training and you should avoid cardio, since both are beneficial and in different ways, it’s simply to highlight the value of strength training.

So now that you have nutrition and strength training down, that’s all you need right? Wrong. You’d be missing a critical component if that’s all you did. Rest and recovery are vital to this whole process. It’s why you can’t stay at the gym for hours on end and expect results. Your body’s capacity to grow and recover is limited, so you have to make sure to respect that. Get adequate sleep every night, don’t over train, and eat properly so that your body can recover properly.

What can you expect? If you are currently 85 kg, then the following is very much possible if you are doing everything right. By the end of week six, you could be 82.5-80kg.

Bonus, here is a useful little infographic you can refer to... https://www.instagram.com/p/Br5iPihBg80/

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Personally, I lost 20lb in 45 days when I went vegan. It got to the point where I decided to quit because I became underweight.

If your sole goal is to lose weight, I would suggest a plant-based diet. Whether or not this is the healthiest diet is a different discussion however.

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