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I am jogging and walking briskly on the treadmill for about one hour a each day. I am doing about 60 flights of stairs and some floor work on legs. I have recently started using some resistance but not much. I am wanting to lose about 5lbs. of fat first then I will try to gain lean muscle. I have sagging tummy skin due to having two kids and I have the dreaded saddle bags and some lower back fat. I am wanting to lose some fat first as to avoid gaining lean muscle under the fat. Thanks!

lil red chevy
[QUOTE=lil red chevy]I am jogging and walking briskly on the treadmill for about one hour a each day. I am doing about 60 flights of stairs and some floor work on legs. I have recently started using some resistance but not much. I am wanting to lose about 5lbs. of fat first then I will try to gain lean muscle. I have sagging tummy skin due to having two kids and I have the dreaded saddle bags and some lower back fat. I am wanting to lose some fat first as to avoid gaining lean muscle under the fat. Thanks!

lil red chevy[/QUOTE]
First of all, treadmill is great, keep it up. Try walking on an incline (as steep as you can do comfortably but with some effort), it will work your legs and butt muscles. Make sure you don't hold onto the handles when you are on the treadmill since this would be undermining your efforts.
Secondly, do more weight training (resistance work). It will help you keep and maybe build a little muscle while you are doing all that cardio. You see, with cardio you lose fat but you also lose muscle tissue and that's bad. The more muscle mass you have the more calories you will burn and the leaner you will look. Don't worry about gaining lean muscle under the fat. You SHOULD gain lean muscle mass!
Also, please rememebr that there is no such thing as spot reducing so the areas that you want to reduce (saddle bags, lower back fat) will not just get reduced while all the rest of you stays the same. When you lose fat, you lose fat from your whole body and the trouble spots are usually the last ones to show results.
Post pregnancy loose skin on your tummy will NOT get tighter from exercise. That skin is probably stretched beyond its limits to recover and usually the only way to tighten it is through cosmetic surgery.
If you continue with your exercise routine and add weight training 2-3 days a week/ 30-45 each time, then you should see weight loss of about 1 pound/week with your current diet of 1200-1500 calories, although I would stick to the lower levels (around 1300).





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