Vetos saidI'll admit, I'm a complete fitness noob that's really been wanting to shed some fat and sculpt a nice, tight body. The posture-correcting stretches, the gym-less workout regimen, and the supposedly stomach-slimming exercises kinda drew me in I suppose. What concerns me is that most of these programs emphasize losing fat, and losing it fast. While that sounds great, I'm worried about losing weight too fast. I really don't want to lose 30 lbs. just to have ridiculous flaps of leftover skin. I heard somewhere that to allow the skin to retract appropriately, one would have to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Do the architects of these regimens take that into account? I'd really appreciate if someone who knows enough about weight loss could help dispel my fears. >.>
Fuck the skin-flaps....the biggest fear you have to overcome is DOING IT. Truly. You'll be fine. It's difficult to impossible for anyone here to guide you much further with no profile info like age, current weight, height, etc.
Regardless, getting started is all that matters. Getting started intelligently will help you keep going and not lose motivation, momentum and desire.
Lose the magazine. It's nothing more than soft-core porn with some basic routines thrown out to the masses, where it will stick with a few and slide off the rest. They say "LOSE 10 POUNDS NOW!" because they're appealing to the same crowd that responds to "Drive Through and Eat In Your Car, Now!".
Some of the best "getting started" routines are actually here on RealJock, and you can search them through the Workout Plans on the toolbar at the top of the page.
All that matters "now" is your desire to get into shape and stay in shape. Don't over-think it. Just DO it. You'll feel results within ten days, and start seeing real results within six weeks. Be patient, be persistent and be healthy.
Oh...and I take back what I said about losing the magazine....you'll need it to "take care of things" once you have increased energy and libido. Which will then make it useful as it will be serving its real purpose.