Tuesday, 7 July 2015

two week beach body challenge


Two week body transformation challenge

With no waiting for the months to pass by, last minute holidays are great.  However once the initial excitement dies down, the thoughts of bearing all on the beach kick in.  With no time to prepare even the most confident of people can feel a little overwhelmed.

Earlier this year I lost a substantial amount of weight, which I had built up as a result of moving house/birthday/Chiristmas, and about any other excuse for being greedy and inactive as I could find.  I decided enough was enough and  with my nutritional knowledge and a little help from a personal trainer I lost 9% body fat in 8 weeks.  Thinking I was all summer ready I let my unhealthy habits creep back in and I have now come to find that my clothes are starting to get a little tight once again, and unlike in the winter cannot cover up the results with a baggy jumper and black leggings.  On top of that I have booked myself a spur of the moment holiday. 

Now, the internet is swarming with unrealistic and downright dangerous quick fix diets.  I cannot tell you how much I despise the weight loss industry; I feel as though it preys on the vulnerable and by no means adheres to its promises to make you thin.  If it was that easy there would be no weight loss industry would there? Think about it…

While looking for summer inspiration I found some pretty shocking stuff, one website claimed to help you lose 20lb in a week, the key, to survive on a mere 400 calories a day and cut out exercise.  The mind boggles.  Yes, by doing this the weight on the scales will drop of and yes you may hit your ‘goal weight’ in no time at all but as soon as you drag your weak self onto that plane and binge on as many Cadbury fingers and Pringles as you can, you will find yourself getting to your destination heavier then when you started and at the very least extremely bloated which is never a good look, you see, your body is not designed to lose that amount of weight so quickly.

This got me thinking.  Now, I don’t advocate fad diets or quick fixes.  My philosophy is; maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, avoid processed food as much as possible and drink water. However I know for many of you, myself included at this time of year do not find this information helpful.  So I have decided to see exactly how realistic it can be to transform your body in just two weeks.  I say transform because I hate using the term lose weight.  Losing weight as many of you know is not necessarily a good thing, in fact in the past two months I have lost 3lb yet my clothes are tighter and my stomach and thighs much more wobbly.  This is due to a loss in muscle mass and an increase in fat.  So over the next two weeks I will be adhering to a strict plan while maintaining a balanced diet and exercise as I want to show that it can be done without resorting to drastic measures and is more likely to be sustainable in the long term.  I have no intention of counting calories and for the purpose of this will not be counting my macros as I know that for others this is not possible so I will be undertaking a realistic lifestyle.  I want to make it as simple as possible.  I cannot predict the results but I know that regardless of any weight loss of muscle tone that I will at the very least go away feeling better in myself and with a healthy gut, however I am fairly confident that I will see a difference.

I will keep this blog updated with pictures, meals and exercises that I undertake.  Now it is pretty strict and, due to the narrow time window there is no room for any cheat meals unfortunately.  However if this was to be done more long term then, along with regular exercise this could be incorporated.  The important things to remember are the following:

Always have breakfast

Drink plenty of water and steer clear of fruit juices

Avoid processed foods (a good way to think of this is if it has a barcode be vary wary of its content)

Stay clear of refined sugar and dairy

Eat white meat or fish with both lunch and dinner (or a vegetarian/vegan alternative).

Eat at least two types of veg with both lunch and dinner (this provides plenty of fibre, vitamins, and minerals and keeps you nice and full).

Try to avoid snacking, if you feel like you need to then have some berries/ nuts / seeds or a protein shake. 

Most importantly: Don’t get hungry! If you’re feeling hungry you are not eating enough at meal times!

And last of all, here I am on day one.  

How do you plan to get fit for holiday? I would love to hear about your progress and about your healthy tips for feeling fabulous when away :)

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