Todays post is something a bit different to my usual fashion posts… As everyone’s full swing into their summer body diet and exercise routines I thought I would write a chatty post about my thoughts on the subject.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t claim to be any kind of nutritionist or personal trainer with any real scientific knowledge on the subject in any way buttt I have tried every diet going and a million different workouts to go with it, so I feel I know a little bit about what works and what doesn’t.
Firstly a common misconception is that cutting calories to a bare minimum is going to help you lose weight. Naaaaat true. Your body needs a certain amount of calories to function and if you leave yourself hungry, your metabolism slows waaaaayy down so anything you do eat isn’t going to get burnt easily and is more likely to go on as fat (trust me, I’ve done it). Hence why you’ve probably read a million times that eating 5 small meals is most effective as it means you keep your metabolism up.
Something else I have made the mistake of doing is to think I need to be doing an hour of cardio 6 times a week. After researching and reading on the best ways to burn fat I’ve learnt that actually doing half an hour of HIIT (High intensity interval training) or even a half hour run 4 or 5 times a week coupled with using weights for half an hour 4 or 5 times a week is a lot more effective! Muscle burns calories A LOT faster than fat. So for this reason building up your muscles using heavy weights is ideal! (Using weights won’t make you big and bulky looking either!) Also when you do an hour of cardio every day you don’t tend to give 100% of your effort and I find I feel I’ve worked a lot harder after just half an hour of HIIT on the treadmill.
Fad Diets. Whooo needs them. I have tried every diet in the book and although some of them bring some success, they never last! The only diet that has ever worked for me is healthy eating. A balanced diet. When I am trying to lose weight I will limit my carb intake after lunch as I usually won’t need the energy after then. Also using a smaller plate helps to control portion size too if you suffer from fear of not finishing what’s on your plate like I do..
Another thing people seem to forgot (myself included) is that you need to change your diet according to what you are doing that day.. sooo being a uni student, over the holidays I do plenty of activities, moving around, walking throughout the day doing various things. Whereas at uni I pretty much sit in front of the computer all day erryday until I head to the gym (fun life), so definitely don’t need as much food.
For myself personally, I use a combination of Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide workouts (linked below) and HIIT on a treadmill (30 seconds sprint, 30 seconds rest for 30 minutes) aswell as using the weights at the gym. I eat as healthily as I have the willpower for and try to limit my carbs because I have been known to eat 8 slices of toast in a day (time saver right?!)
Happy Monday everyone!