Hi Mary, I’m sorry to hear that you are having these issues :( Try not to get too disheartened! If what you have been doing isn’t working, just sounds like you might need to change it up. First of all with your diet, I would try to reduce your carbs (to around 20-30%) and increase your fat (to around 20-30%). If you feel like your legs are mostly muscle I would avoid any exercises such as squats etc for now until you reduce some muscle. You can still do exercises for your legs but try to do more that focus on your glutes such as donkey kicks, single leg deadlifts, back extensions, leg raises, hip bridges etc. They are less intense but they still work to help tone up. Pilates is actually great to help give you ideas on exercises to tone up without bulking up your quads. I also recommend walking 5-6 times per day, preferably first thing in the morning. Try to start most of your days off with a walk. I hope that helps hun! All the best xx
A double cheeseburger and fries will certainly get you to your calorie goals, but processed foods do zero for your insides and general physique. All that sugar, salt, and saturated fat can cause you to crash (lowering your odds of getting to the gym) and also tack on an unwanted layer of fat in no time. With every meal, eat plenty of veggies and lean meats. When choosing your carb source, pick foods like potatoes, yams, rice, whole grains, oats, etc. Also, avoid refined oils, which can sneak in extra calories and lead to more fat gains.