Let’s talk calories
#love your body
There’s nothing wrong with calories!
The problem lies in EMPTY CALORIES - aka foods that are high in calories, low in nutrients.
Nuts are healthy and a great addition to one’s diet (raw nuts), but tend to be avoided by those wishing to lose weight because they’re high in calories.
News flash: you CAN lose weight if you only count calories. If you eat Twinkies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is possible to lose weight as long as you maintain the correct caloric intake.
But will you be healthier?
Will your skin be clearer?
Will you get a good night’s sleep?
Will you feel energetic?
Will your body be at it’s prime?
HEALTH is the goal. It’s hard to focus on anything beyond body image, but most people don’t realize how good their body is designed to feel. When you achieve optimal health through a nutritious diet and exercise, AND watch your appearance improve, you will have a transformative experience unlike any other.
Make your journey to health a labor of love. Love yourself enough to cherish your body by feeding it nourishing foods. You are worth it!
Love yourself enough to want to get fit and healthy. Love yourself enough to want to sleep better and look better and feel better, to stop having an unhealthy dependence on food, to feel fulfilled and energized by every meal. Love yourself enough to take responsibility and initiative when it comes to your health. You only have one life - make it a positive and happy experience, a labor of love.
Whats the weight on dumbbells you recommend for lean muscle?
It depends on what challenges you. The most important thing is form. If you pick a weight that’s too heavy, you’ll sacrifice form, risk injury, and won’t get the results you want. Pick a weight that’s challenging enough to make you stronger, but not so difficult that you sacrifice good form. That’s the best way to get results! In time, you’ll find that you can start increasing the weight.
Thanks for the question x
Why Work Out at Home?
At Muslimah Athletes, we recommend at home workout programs. Of course, we recognize many Muslim women like to kick butt at the gym and that’s good if it works for you - but here’s why we think home programs are superior:
- Privacy! You can wear a sports bra and shorts in your room, and won’t have to worry about overheating, your scarf slipping, a stranger’s wandering eyes, etc.
- Cost! At home programs are generally expensive upfront, but compared to paying regular gym fees, they are less costly.
- Structure! At home programs come with schedules and recipe books. That way, you won’t have to struggle with designing your own plan, and you’ll get ideas on where to start with your diet.
- Convenience! By working out at home, you cut out transportation time and can work out absolutely any time. Many gyms have opening and closing times, but you can work out after fajr, at 2 AM, or at the crack of dawn with an at home program.
Check out Beachbody for great programs that meet every possible need.
Our favorites are FocusT25 and P90X3 for their special emphasis on time convenience (only 25 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively, per workout)!