Our expert says:
If you already have a BMI of 21.8 which is ideal for adult women, then you certainly don't need to lose any weight. Toning is achieved by the type of exercise you do, not by changing your diet. I am not sure what your 'conditioning exercises' entail, but if they are exercises like situps and thigh rolls, working with light weights, etc then you will achieve toning, but this takes time! There is no need to increase your protein intake excessively as this can be harmful. You require 1 g of protein per kg of body weight so you are probably already ingesting this and more. Don't spend any of your hard earned money on protein bars of shakes, just continue as you have in the past. Foods with a high protein content include: milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese (use the low-fat or fat-free varieties), eggs, lean meat, chicken, fish. Protein shakes are not more effective than real food because the latter contains the perfect mix of amino acids as nature intended, not a mixture made up in a factory! Stick to natural foods and do your exercise.
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