EATING MORE TO BURN FAT
When Katie Philpot, a 33-year-old lawyer from Manchester, started eating more and lifting heavy, she revealed her strongest and most toned self
How one reader dropped 19lbs
I’ve always been more of a foodie than a fitness freak but, despite my big appetite, it wasn’t until my early twenties, when I secured my first job after uni, that the weight started to creep on. Long days in the office eating pastries and chocolate caused my 5ft 3in frame to balloon by 2st in just one year. By my late twenties, I was a size 14. I tried calorie counting, eating a ‘light’ cereal bar for breakfast, a sandwich from a diet range for lunch and spaghetti bolognese for dinner – but, without exercise as well, I had little success. I wanted to enjoy food but get rid of my muffin top and bingo wings.
I tried lots of different exercises over the next 18 months before discovering my love for weights. A gym with a focus on lifting opened nearby and I started doing up to five 60-minute lifting and HIIT sessions per week. To feed the muscle I was building, I added more protein to my diet and cut my carb intake: a four-egg omelette and a protein shake for breakfast, nuts and an apple with peanut butter to snack on, quinoa with chicken, pomegranate and avocado for lunch, and a vegetable stir-fry for dinner. I was consuming 500 more calories a day, but within six weeks I’d lost a couple of inches around my waist and hips.
I’ve gone from picking up a 5kg dumbbell in my first class to deadlifting 115kg. I’m a girly girl and never expected to love lifting as much as I do, but as a size 6-8, I feel great. I have so much more energy, lower stress levels and I sleep like a baby. While I hardly do any cardio at the gym, my overall fitness has improved to the extent that I didn’t even have to train for last year’s Manchester 10k run. I try to eat well 80% of the time and allow myself treats like pizza, doughnuts and wine in the other 20%, which feels great when I know I’ve worked out hard. I’ll never stop being a foodie.