Winter Break Body Comp Challenge
Hi everyone--first, thanks for taking the time to read my post!
I'm a ([B]female[/B]) college student home on break for the next month, and I want to take this vacation to try to [B]improve body composition[/B]; I'm generally on the slimmer side, but I recently gained some weight and I want to push myself to see how lean / strong I can get (while remaining sane and being able to maintain it). I was hoping I could get some advice from the community on what you do / would do with [B]4 weeks to reduce body fat and gain some muscle[/B].
Normally I lift weights ~ 3 times a week, but at home I don't belong to a gym so I'm my strength training consists mostly of bodyweight exercises. I can deadlift [I]almost[/I] my body weight but still can't do a real push-up, so that shouldn't be much of a hindrance. The past week and a half I've been trying to IF (16 hrs) more often than not, and, slowly but surely, it's becoming easier. I've also reduced my carbs (between 55 and 70 grams total, coming mostly from veggies and my beloved nuts) the past two weeks. I may have had some success with this, but I'm not sure because I was weighing myself on a few different scales (school gym, doctor, home).
I also want to mention that I really don't see eating only one meal a day as something that will work for me. For a long time I adhered to the "small, frequent meals" rule, which didn't help fat loss but did help my bloating issue: when I eat very large meals, I tend to get bloated easily. (This is from a digestive issue that honestly is too complicated to go into here, but basically I have a hard time digesting / absorbing all my food without supplementary pancreatic enzymes.) My two (primal) vices are that I eat a [B]fair bit of full-fat dairy and a lot of nuts[/B] (I'm addicted to almond butter…but at least I switched from peanut butter, right?) A few summers ago I tried ditching dairy and I saw no improvement, so I figured it was okay. However, I was also suffering from a bout of ravenous hunger and crazy-out-of-control-hormones from being on birth control pills, and have since stopped.
I've now realized this post is much too long, so I've bolded some things for those who wish to peruse (à la Mark). Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to answer!