I’m always pretty honest about mistakes I’ve made in the past. And this is because I know they are common mistakes that many other girls make. So if I can help you avoid these same mistakes and learn something then my work is done!
So here are my mistakes and a bit of my story:
1. Starved myself to lose weight
I think a lot of us have been here. You want to lose weight so you think you need to cut back your food intake and feel hungry. It is one of the things I struggled with the most.
There was a period in my early to mid-20s when I wanted to lose a few kilos so I didn’t eat dinner. I thought that I shouldn’t eat after
The result? I lost a little bit of weight but struggled to get my weight down past a certain point. A little while later when I did some research on healthy eating and healthy recipes, I tried again. I exercised but tried to eat a better diet most just by cutting out junk food. I still ate bread, oats, dairy, etc. And I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. The result? I lost MORE weight than when I wasn’t eating dinner.
When you starve yourself, your body doesn’t know when it is going to eat again so it actually holds on to fat stores – not what you want! The trick for me was knowing when to eat. If I thought I felt hungry but wasn’t quite sure, chances were that I wasn’t really hungry. Knowing when you are actually hungry and need to eat is important and only you can figure that out. Another thing that helped me was to eat a moderate amount of food at each meal. I didn’t stuff myself so that I was so full and wanted to lay in a food coma. I ate until I’d had enough and then that meal usually kept me going for the next 2-3 hours.
2. Being underweight
OK, so there was another time in my life when I was about late teens
My weight dropped to about 46kgs. I was skinny but I did not look healthy, especially in my upper body. During this period I think I did some damage to my metabolism and am paying for it now. Overall what I learned from this experience is that:
- Being constantly hungry all the time is NOT fun!
- Having bones sticking out of your shoulders does not look good.
- Walking is really good for slimming legs.
- And eating like this can result in long term damage.
3. Binge eating
I probably didn’t start binge eating until around my mid 20’s. The healthier I ate and the more I restricted myself from “junk” food, the worst my binge eating got. When I did eat something like chocolate, I wouldn’t eat just one or two pieces. It would be the whole block. And I wasn’t always like this. I have always loved chocolate but before this, I could have chocolate in my house and it would last weeks. If it was in the house now it would be gone in 1 day.
I still find this hard because I try to eat very healthy. But if I restrict myself too severely, that’s when I binge the most. So I’ve learned that there needs to be some healthy balance to keep you sane. If you love chocolate, don’t say I’m not eating it ever again or for the next month, etc. Just try to have it as a treat once or twice per week. If you’re REALLY craving it, eat it! But just don’t make a habit of it.
4. Binge drinking
From my late teens to early 20’s I was a heavy binge drinker. Every Friday and Saturday night (and sometimes other nights too) I would drink sooo much that I couldn’t remember anything and I would wake up so sick and feeling lost. It was pretty normal for me to spew 10-20 times the next day when I was hungover and sometimes for several days – not good.
I look back now and think – why the hell did I do that to my body?! Why did I ever think that was fun? I have asian genes so can’t tolerate alcohol at the best of times and I definitely pushed my body to the limit. I did not live a healthy lifestyle so didn’t realise how much it was impacting my health.
If I have a drink now, even just a few, I will feel sick for days. I will be bloated, constipated (gross I know) and I eat bad and don’t exercise because I feel so sick. This is why I no longer drink alcohol.
With the fitness and nutrition study I’ve done over the past year I have realised how bad alcohol is for your body! It severely dehydrates you and makes it harder for your body to function, it causes liver, kidney, stomach problems, you end up drinking LOTS of calories, you end up eating really bad usually both that night and the next day, and it makes you lazy the next day. It definitely does internal damage and can lead to weight gain or weight loss..
5. Being overweight
It was around this binge drinking time that I gained excess weight. I wouldn’t say I was
This changed for me when I decided that I couldn’t live unhappy and stressed like that anymore. I quit my job, joined the gym (which forever changed my life) and tried to cut out the daily junk food. It took me a few months but I got back down to my normal weight, just by changing my unhappy situation.
What I learned from this is that stress is SO bad for not only your mental health but also contributes to weight gain. Yes, when you are stressed you may eat worse which contributes to weight gain. But being stressed means you have higher levels of the hormone cortisol which actually contributes to weight gain (especially around the abdominal area), affects your sleep and increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Through my recent
Now, I try to reduce my stress levels, but I am the type of person who gets stressed out very easily so this is something that I am constantly working on!
6. Avoiding Resistance Training
When I just started getting into fitness, I used to do only cardio. I liked doing cardio and I knew that is great for fat loss. But what I didn’t realize is the fact that if you do only cardio and avoid any type of resistance training, you’re probably going to end up looking skinny fat. And that’s exactly what happened to me! I looked quite slim but I had no muscle tone!
I’m a still HUUUGE advocate for cardio but I now know that you need to build at least some muscle if you want to look toned. I understand that some of you might still be tempted to avoid resistance training in fear of getting too muscular, but there’s a way to lift weights without getting bulky!
If you want more info, read this blog post on how to do get lean and toned without getting bulky.
Well I hope you have learned something from me. I know it was a long one so don’t blame you if you didn’t read it all! :) If you have any questions, just ask! xx