Hello! I'm looking for some help to slim down my lower body for cosplay. I'm specifying all sorts of things below. I'm kinda wordy, so this might get long ahaha
Okay first off, basic infos: I'm female, 18 years old, 5'7 tall and weigh 127 lbs (usually it fluctuates around 130 lbs; the highest I've gotten was 143 lbs; I got down to this after a summer of cutting calories). I'm pear shaped and extremely unsatisfied with my lower body, especially thighs and calves - here's a picture to illustrate: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3599549/
I've been trying to both lose weight and slim down my legs since I was 14 or so, but never succeeded. Now that I'm studying abroad and completely in charge of my own diet (under budget obviously, haha) I'd like to take it into action.
I really like vegetables and fruits. I'm not vegetarian though, I do eat meat. My main source of carbs is rice (two reasons: 1. I'm Asian; 2. Rice is cheap). I suppose this is good, but I don't have many dishes in my repertoire. Any suggestion for a nice diet?
My problem right now is that I tend to snack. I don't know if this is some kind of subconscious low-key stress eating (because I don't actually feel stressed at all) since I never had this habit back at home, but it happens. Since I love fruits, I'd like to switch to fruit for snack... but fruits can get expensive, and as much as I love apples, eating four apples a day, seven days a week might just give me a phobia. So, healthy snack suggestions? (for someone on budget)
Aha, this is more or less problematic too. I literally live 2 minutes away from school, so I barely exercise. On my days off, if I'm particularly busy with homework, there will be days where I hardly get up from my chair. Sedentary, I know. I'm not proud.
I do have 2 hours of basketball and 1h30 of judo each week. Also a 30' walk to get groceries, once every week (or two). I feel like that's not enough. I do want to take morning runs, but it's very dark outside early in the morning and doesn't get light until around 8 - and that's when classes start. I don't want to take runs in the dark when there's no one out. In the evening... well, my schedule is tight.
So with my (modest) level of exercise, how much calories should I take daily in order to lose weight? Do you have any exercise suggestions that takes little time and burns calories effectively (preferrably without equipment)?
Lastly, any specific advice you'd give to someone who'd like to slim down and tone legs/lower body?
All advices and suggestions appreciated!!