As a few of you know being healthy to me is everything. It stops me from feeling poorly, exhausted, negative and having low self esteem. I never thought I would be healthy but life got in the way illness crept into my family, and suddenly I realised your health is the most precious thing you have, and you should pro-long it for as long as possible. So two years later and four stone lighter here I am writing this post to help YOU.
So many people I’ve spoken to about my weight loss are always keen to know how I did it and how I’ve managed to never go in reverse and pile weight back on! Here’s what I tell them.
1. Lose the weight for you and you only.
It never works if your losing weight to get a boyfriend or girlfriend or to be the slimmest one of your group of friends. Trust me I’ve tried. If your losing weight for others or to look like others then your not actually doing it for YOURSELF.
2. Only aim for a weight that is HEALTHY for your body/height.
I found out my healthy weight through the NHS choices website. You input your age, height, and current weight into a calculator which spits out a range of a healthy weight for the height and age that you are. I really liked this website as it had a healthy range of about 2 stone so your goal is broad. A healthy weight isn’t always slim but its healthy and that’s what you should be to help your body.
3. To lose weight realise you have to change EVERYTHING to get results.
Losing weight and being healthy is a lifestyle choice. You cant just eat healthy and not do exercise or vice/versa. You need to change your game and incorporate both into your life. I read somewhere that if you change your lifestyle and keep it up for 21 days it becomes common practice and you get used to it – I totally agree I’m 2 years into it now!
4. My fitness pal will become your new best friend and worst enemy.
To use my fitness pal you have to be the most dedicated person ever otherwise you will fail .TRUST ME when you think a cheeky biscuit or 2 or 3… will be nice my fitness pal will guilt trip it out of you and make you input it in. My Fitness Pal is a great app for showing you exactly how much you eat and how much calories you consume. I did it for a week before I started to lose weight as a food diary and realised I ate nearly 1,000 calories a day more than I needed. Use it religiously and you will see instant results on the scales.
5. Running is one of the main contributing factors to my weight loss – TRY IT.
2 years ago I didn’t exercise at all. I was unfit, overweight, and a bit low about life stuck in writing my dissertation at uni in my final year. I needed a break and some positive vibes! Therefore I downloaded the NHS couch to 5k app on my phone and went for a run. Yes the first run absolutely killed me and I hated every second but now I’ve reached 5k and continue to run every week. I ran as its free, and as a student I had no money for the gym. Its the cheapest form of exercise, trust me if you give it a go you will feel so much better about things, its great for clearing your mind! – also if you don’t have any running shoes don’t put it off, I ran for a month in my converse and I was fine.
6. Remember you will put on weight before you start to lose it.
If you are exercising you are training new muscles that you haven’t used for ages. You will ache and feel the burn but this is your muscles building up and working how they should be again instead of being dormant. This will create a bit of extra weight at the start, but then the muscles you have grown will work with you to burn the fat, so you will see a change after about 3-4 weeks!
7. Change your diet.
I soon found out when using my fitness pal what I needed to eat less of. I made the decision that I would have cereal everyday in the week for breakfast and have bread or a fry up only on the weekends. I try not to have bread for lunch, instead I have soup, salad or rice with mixed veg in. I have also cut down on the amount of fizzy drinks I have and drink more water. I also think that protein is more filling so I try to eat chicken or fish at least 3 times a week – I was actually veggie and started eating meat to stay fuller for longer. I wish I could eat more meat but its not always what I fancy so I tend to only eat it in small amounts and then I’m veggie for the rest of the time!
8. Get your loved ones to join in with your new diet!
Sometimes its hard when your at work all day and you are trying to be so healthy and then you come in and your mums cooking pizza and chips for tea. I resorted to asking my mum if i could cook healthy dinners for at least 4 days a week. So we changed our dinners up to things like veggie chilli, fajitas, Jacket potatoes and prawns, or pasta. Then for the other nights I could have things like pizza or curry but do my workouts that night and not feel guilty.
If your eating out recommend healthy places, or have the healthier option. Always allow yourself a treat though, I love pizza and no one will every stop me from having it. I just know choose not to have mozzerella dippers and a chocolate fondant for pudding alongside it! – unless its my birthday or the boyf is paying!!!
9. Set yourself a goal for the distant future – you’ve got all the time in the world.
Over the past 2 years I’ve seen so many people say they need to lose weight for 2 months time, lose it and then pile it back on. You have your whole life to become healthy and lose weight, why do you need a time limit if you will smash your goal in the future?. Losing weight and being healthy is all about lifestyle changes. If you get that bit right the rest will follow and eventually you will reach your biggest goal. I’ve had 3 goals since I started and I’ve now reached them all. I now just say that I’ve reached my goal weight and now is the time to maintain it, not put on and definitely not lose any more – know when your limit is reached and don’t go beyond it.
10. Remember you are beautiful now, and will be just as beautiful in the future. But in the future you will be healthier.
Don’t ever let anyone say you aren’t beautiful because you are. Everyone is different and it’s not about your appearance its about whether you are kind, caring, forgiving and positive towards yourself and others!
Being healthy is different to being beautiful, the two come together but only the your health is changed over time.
I hope this post has given you some advice on how to lose weight and keep it off by becoming healthy! – let me know what you think and if these tips help you. Also let me know if you’ve got any tips for me as I’m still learning! Ill be posting other advice and tips on my Twitter and Instagram, so make sure you are following me!
lots of love,
The Beauty Analyst x