I gotta give it to the people out there that can go on a strict diet and stick to it. That takes a lot of commitment and dedication. Traits I also have, just not when it comes to food. I love food way too much.
I'm a massive foodie. Ask anyone that knows me, I'm the one that knows where all the good restaurants are. I also know the best things to order at my fave spots. I am the one that is known to eat my friends leftovers.
Since I gained 18 kilos three years ago, I have managed to lose weight and maintain my fitness goals. I am not a professional, nor am a nutritionist or a dietitian. What I am is a normal, every day human being that loves food, loves to have a drink and hates feeling restricted.
I understand how hard it is to lose weight. I also understand what it's like to look in the mirror and be unsatisfied with your body. I know what it feels like when you're with all your friends with fitter bodies than you and I know how it feels when you hear them complaining when you would kill for their body.
If you are feeling like losing weight is a constant struggle and you just can't seem to stick to any sort of diet, have a read of a few tips that helped and still help me on my journey.
- 80/20 rule - if you haven't seen that YouTube vlog, let me explain. I can't follow rules. I'm a rule breaker. This however is the only rule I can follow. Maybe because it is quite flexible and I don't really feel restricted but the 80/20 rule means 80% good food and 20% whatever I want. This doesn't mean binge eating by all means. I just don't restrict "cheat meals" to one meal a week or even one day. If I want a doughnut, I will have it. If I feel like pizza, I will eat to my heart's desire. It just means I eat more nutritional food the next few meals. To be honest, I probably eat 3-4 "unhealthy" meals a week on average.
- Keep active - Personally, I go to the gym six times a week. It never used to be like this though. It used to be so hard to get to the gym even once a week. I'm addicted to the endorphins now and crave for that feeling of accomplishment after a workout. However, if I don't feel like going to the gym I just have to think how bad I will feel if I don't. Then I think of how good I will feel if I go. Now given that choice, do I want to feel bad or do I want to feel good? That's enough motivation for me. At times though, this doesn't work so I usually go for a walk and explore nature. I grab some friends and go chase waterfalls, take lots of selfies and make a day of it. Who says you can't have fun?
- Get outdoors - In the past, I would eat when I was bored. Now that I am aware of this, I spend a lot of time outdoors. Beach days are a regular thing for me. Picnics are heaven, you can pack what you want and get outdoors with nature, listen to good tunes, maybe have a couple of beverages (who says you can't drink?) and enjoy the simple things in life. If you are busy enjoying life, you will be too busy to eat out of boredom. It's a definite win win.
These are just little things that have made a massive difference for me and I hope these tips can also help you on your own journey. Let me know how you go. I would love to hear from you.
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