Hello! This will probably be the most hypocritical post ever, because as much as I hate diets, the idea of them and just anything about them, I have done a fair few over the past few years.
I wanted to tell you about just some of them that I have attempted and failed at…oh and I am currently on one, so I will let you know how that is going too.
So, where to begin with this conversation…I think the best way to help you understand why a diet is a bad idea is to tell you my experience with one I did last year (I apologise in advance if this is more of a rant than anything)!
Last year I did a diet which was basically an extreme Atkins diet. I only ate meat and good fats like nuts, and I ate VERY little, did loads of exercise and never ate past 5pm. I lost around 20 pounds in 20 days and by the end of it looked dreadful…but perfect for the model world. I was at school when I was doing it, and when I finished the diet my friends made me eat and eat and eat (I also wasn’t stopping them). We had lacrosse nationals at the end of the week and I needed energy to be able to play. The problem was, after depriving my body of so much for so long, as soon as I started eating carbs and vegetables again my body couldn’t digest it, I was SO bloated the whole time, I honestly looked 9 months pregnant and spent most of my time in complete agony. During our lacrosse nationals I felt really bad and had to keep running off the pitch to go to the bathroom, which obviously ruined my last ever time playing! After the long weekend of lacrosse we had a big last team dinner to celebrate seven years of playing together, and long story short, my tummy got way too painful and I had to go to hospital. Now for me this was the worst thing ever, not only was I in agony but I was missing out on a fun night with my friends, which due to travelling a lot for work I rarely got. This is just one of my stories where, yes the diet worked and I got down to the right weight, but as SOON as I started eating normally again I put it all back on…and double!
I have done juice diets, powder diets, generally not eating much, over exercising etc etc and frankly I regret them all. I regret them for three reasons:
1. They have made my weight fluctuate a huge amount which is so mentally challenging to deal with….especially in the world I am in, and makes you very self conscious.
2. They made me miss out on so many fun nights, lunches, dinners etc with my friends
3. They completely ruined my metabolism, which used to be insanely fast and I never had to worry about any of this!
Actually now I am writing this all down I am wondering why on earth I am putting myself through all of it again, but this time is different….sort of.
I have had a few months off modelling so that I could relax, have some stress free time, travel and just generally have a breather from being measured and criticised for what I look like. After having a proper break, I am now really ready and determined to get back to work and also do it properly, and therefore I want to do this diet and then slowly wean myself onto a healthy way of living and maintain my weight. Wow I sound like a typical model who needs to be super skinny, which I hate, and actually my main aim would be to change the fashion world into more of a normal weight bracket, so once again I am sounding really hypocritical!
For any of you out there wanting to loose a bit of weight, tone up and generally be a bit healthier, I recommend a ‘healthy way of living’, not a diet, a consistent way of life that you can maintain and doesn’t deprive you of anything your body needs.
I could go on and on and on about diets and the stress of them and how much I hate doing them etc. but I don’t want to be too negative going into the weekend.
Just one tip from me…eat clean, train well and be consistent, trust me you will feel incredible and see results fast, and these results will stay!
Sorry this has been a bit of a rant, but I am really passionate about helping people make the right decisions and not deprive their bodies of what they need….even though I am doing exactly that…I just know how bad it is and how miserable it is, and wouldn’t want anyone else to deal with it.
Have a fantastic weekend, I promise the next post will be more positive!
Bye for now