Tuesday, 9 May 2017


More times than not, I’m sure you’ve felt slightly podgy or rounder than usual – am I wrong? Too often when we try to do something about it the same mistakes are made again and again. Once we come to the realisation that there is no quick fix to losing weight and maintaining that loss, that’s when you’ll get a better understanding about nutrition, exercise and an all round healthy lifestyle.

It seems so straight forward when you know what is good and what not to consume. There are so many ‘facts’ out there, though nowadays the internet is just derived with opinions that aren’t backed up. Who knows what to believe anymore when it comes down to fads and nutrition?

I’m sure you’ve been in a position where you’re a week away from your holiday yet still resemble a potato. Trust me I’ve been there. Getting to grips regarding the way your body responds to foods and exercise will be one of your biggest learning curves. Teaching and telling yourself what works and what doesn’t will help you to avoid making the same fad-diet mistakes over and over just to get that quick-fix or look good for a short period of time.

For me, I’ve learnt a great deal on what foods and exercises work well for me simply as time goes by – but I’m still learning every day – everyone is. Getting to know your body shape, needs and knowing what things to avoid is a lengthy process but you will thank your future self for fueling your body right and avoiding those crash diets. I’ve put together some all too well-known losing weight mistakes and traps that we have undoubtedly fallen into once or twice. 

As I said before, it can be too easy to put off exercise before a big event or holiday. Once you’ve realised you’ve left it too late, the feeling of complete dread hits you. Will I feel uncomfortable and conscious the whole time? Probably. I’m not totally against crash dieting because if I needed to do it for something I would. I know there are things out there that can probably give you that great short term weight-loss benefit, but when people do it to benefit in the long run – I feel it just provokes that high chance of binging.

A good example of this is juicing. In second year, my family back home went on a huge detox – the Jason Vale 28-day Juice Me Challenge. If you haven’t seen his documentary, please watch it – I was in complete awe. My dad lost over a stone and a half in a month and his skin and energy levels were better than ever.

The regime is to drink 4 juices a day (10am, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm) with no solids for 28 days straight. To be fair, I lasted 14 days, but it was honestly such a struggle for me being at Uni that I binged out once I had caved. I lost 8lbs overall but was it worth it during the student lifestyle – definitely not.

This is probably at the top of the list for mistakes we make when dieting or trying to be that extra bit healthier. Starving yourself will not make you lose weight for all the right reasons. Starving yourself is doing just that, starving your body of what it cries out for. Carbs, protein and fat should still be incorporated into every meal – it is all about monitoring and using alternatives.

Instead of the ‘3 meal a day’ routine, I eat small snacks/meals every few hours throughout the day. That way I don’t see myself binging as I am more or less full the majority of the time. I find I eat a lot healthier and I reach for all the good things as a result too. My go-to snacks throughout the day are fruit, lactose free yoghurts, nuts, yushoi snapea rice sticks (amazing) and raw bars.

Question: When trying to eat healthier how many times have you been to the supermarket and said, “I’ll buy this because its fat free” or “I’ll get this because it’s the ‘lite’ version” – well, what really is the best thing for us?

I’ve seen never ending articles and debates surrounding full fat butter, low fat spreads, fat free yoghurts, full fat milk, diet drinks – the list goes on. I used to be ‘one of those’, going all in for the healthy or ‘lite’ version, when really the substituted ingredients are ladled full of oils, sugar or sweeteners. My advice, always read the labels, do your research and don’t believe that every light version of food will make you lose weight – it won’t.

Exercise for me, and for everyone, is fundamental for weight-loss. When I went through my heaviest phase, I changed my diet drastically although things weren’t moving as fast as I hoped they would. This was because I was hardly concentrating on doing any movement at all. As soon as I began running for half an hour a day with a little weight training, the chub literally fell off me quicker than I ever thought. Remember diet is only the half of it.

Another thing is when people get carried away with the ‘cardio cardio cardio’ mindset that they don’t see weight training as a gateway to burning fat, especially girls – and I really don’t get it. Let’s be honest, who likes cardio? Certainly not me. I found weight training to be much more beneficial for a womanly body shape than cardio anyway.

Weight training will only ever burn fat, build muscle and tone your best assets (bum, arms and legs) - who doesn’t want that? Us girls produce nowhere near as much testosterone as men, meaning we don’t build as much muscle as they do, simple. As long as you don’t go overboard obviously, lifting a few weights won’t make you have that manly, butch physique.



  1. I struggle a lot with being constant with exercise. I start good one week and then I start doing less and less. I'm checking out that Jason Vale 28-day challenge. Sounds amazing!

    xx, Melissa

    1. It's so hard to stay motivated, I'm exactly the same! You should definitely watch the documentary, it'll blow your mind 🙌🏼 Xxx


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