Hey there fancy face!
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and it’s a new mutha fuckin’ life in this new #LavishLifewe are building together, so to give you a lil boost I’m going to share a few of my best tips to help you shed those pounds, hunty!
If you read my intro post, ‘Why I Decided to Lose Weight’ you’ll recall that my weight loss journey this time around is an extension of the revenge body lifestyle change that I successfully attempted (then successfully fucked up) back in 2014. Since then, through speaking to professional in the health and fitness field, a bag of research, health nuts offering unsolicited advice (as they do), and swapping stories with other people on their own weight loss journeys, I’ve learnt a bit more about nutrition and shit to shrink those numbers on the scale and make it work more effectively (even without exercise).
Here are 5 simple tips to incorporate into your regime to help boost (or begin) your journey.
1. Low Carb Intake
A central part of my lifestyle change is to reduce the amount of carbs I consume 6 days of the week (hooray for cheat day).
By reduction I mean that I avoid shitty carbs that are high in refined sugars and low in fibre, such as white bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, opting instead for complex carbs that are high in fibres (aids your digestion and reduces cholesterol), and have their own natural sugars, such as wholemeal bread, pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes, cous cous, quinoa, fruit and veg.
I mainly follow a ‘meat and two veg’ kind of plan; a piece of meat, fish or vegetarian/vegan friendly main (Quorn is lit!) with a large helping of steamed or stir-fried vegetables or leafy green salads (which you can eat your fill of due to their low calorie count). On paper it sounds dry, but if you know how to cook, it’s great. If you can’t cook, you can always buy tasty frozen mains (which I’m a fan of because some(most of the)times I’m lazy).
If you do need to eat carbs, go for the complex ones. They taste just as good and they’re a lot better for you –just keep an eye on your portion size. Small portions is the way forwards when it comes to carbs. I would also recommend having them for breakfast and/or lunch as opposed to dinner, as you’re more active throughout the day so you have a better chance of burning them off.
With the reduction in carbohydrates, your body will turn to your fat storage for energy. Trust me; 3 months before I went to NYC last summer, I implemented this diet change and lost 11 kilos with next to no exercise.
In the coming weeks I will post some dope recipes for you guys to try. Alternatively you can join me on Snapchat where I have a random cooking segment called Fancy Bitch Kitchen, and witness me creating these culinary delights.
2. Eat, Eat, Eat
A lot of people believe that skipping meals (e.g. we’ve all skipped breakfast or said we’ve had a huge lunch and convinced ourselves that maybe we don’t need dinner) will help them lose weight. Funny thing; it won’t. Skipping meals or not eating often enough will actually slow down your metabolism (the thing that determines how quickly you burn fat) and make you gain weight.
What happens is that by not eating regularly or enough food in general, your body will think that it is experiencing starvation (even if you don’t feel hungry). Because it believes this, when you do finally feed it, your body will cling to whatever you feed it and keep it as storage as in case it feels starved again.
The best thing you can do to lose weight is to eat little and often, and most importantly, make sure that you are eating the right things. Try to eat a meal every 3-4 hours and snack on foods that are good for you (fruit, nuts, seeds, or wholefood snacks like Nakd bars or popcorn) in between if you get peckish. Doing this will speed up your metabolism and in turn, you will drop the weight faster.
Another perspective to consider is that as fat people, we can be more susceptible to bingeing if we go too long without food. Eating regularly helps you avoid this.
3. Cut Off Time
This step relies heavily on discipline and due to our busy lifestyles, may take a while to catch on, but once it does, it helps a hell of a lot with weight loss. Give yourself a cut off time, meaning that after this time, you do not consume any more food. This is a must if you wanna lose weight fast.
Experts recommend that you should stop eating at least 4 hours before you go to bed so that your body can digest your food and use up good amount of energy provided by the calories you consumed. The reason for this is that your body burn calories when you’re sleeping, so if you go to bed hungry it will burn what you have stored on you already as opposed to having to burn through the extra food you ate recently before it gets to your fat stores.
A general cut off time that works for most people is 7pm or 8pm.
4. Meal Prep
There is a reason that people bang on about this, because (to put it candidly) it saves you from fucking up. If you have shit already there for you to eat, you’re a hell of a lot less likely to stray from your diet/ lifestyle change because you don’t have to worry about what to eat because your food is already there with next to no fuss. The most common way to do this is to make enough food to last you for a week, divide it up equally into containers, freeze them then reheat one when you need it.
5. Water is Life
Water is literally the GOAT. Not only does it flush toxins out your system, give you great skin by aiding the generation of new cells, and aid digestion, but it’s also a dope tool for weight loss.
The recommended amount that we should drink per day varies, depending on who you ask, but the it’s generally between 2-3 litres per day.
I conducted an experiment (which I will disclose fully in another post) called the water challenge where I made sure to drink 2 litres per day, and the results were insane. I lost 4.4 kg in the space of a week!
I drank a 500ml bottle of water when I woke up, another before lunch, another before dinner and one more when I went to bed. What this did was fill me up so it was easier to eat a smaller portion and not feel hungry afterwards (wait 30 mins before eating after you drink), and it came with all of the dope benefits I listed above. Trust me, bitch, you will definitely want to try this one.
So those are my 5 eating habits to help you lose weight faster: low carb intake, eating little and often, having a cut off time, meal prep and drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. Give it a go and see how much of a difference implementing these simple steps makes to your weight loss journey.
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