One of the reasons I haven't done many outfit posts this year is because I've succumbed to the happy diet. I'm sure many of you will know what I mean, especially if you remember what it's like to start a new relationship - contented eating with someone you love is the best kind of eating, surely? The downside, though, is that I have a wardrobe full of dresses that won't quite do up, which for someone who loves dresses as much as I do, is pretty much devastating.
Since I started making healthy choices a few weeks ago, the weight is slowly but surely coming back off. I'm still a little way off where I'd like to be, but I know that I'll get there, and I'd rather get there by being good to my body than doing anything crazy like starving myself or cutting out entire food groups. I've been in sad situations before when I've been desperate to lose weight and have resorted to drastic measures and it's never, never good.
I don't know anyone who's lost weight and kept it off with meal substitutes or diet pills, but I see a lot of people who try them. Diet pills, in particular, scare me a little. I don't like the idea of putting something like that in my body. Every time I look in my spam folder (especially the one for my blog email - the joys of putting your email address on a website, people) there are tons of emails offering me free diet pill trials. And if they're not in my email, they're advertised on my Facebook sidebar. Actually, they're not free at all - customer comments on dietpill-reviews.co.uk show the Super Ketone Plus ‘free’ trial is anything but free. If you sign up, you'll then be enrolled into an auto-billing scheme where they're charged up to £100 a month, and it's hard to get out of it. The Guardian posted about it recently.
If you do want to lose weight, here are my tried and tested tips for losing weight while still treating yourself right:
1. Eat fresh
Cooking your own mealls from scratch wherever possible makes a huge difference, and it also means that you're in complete control of what you're eating. I succumb to ready meals now and then, but I'm wary of eating a lot of them because they're generally full of preservatives and lots of salt.
2. Make promises you can keep
Be realistic. You're not going to go to the gym every single day for the rest of your life, and it's not a good idea to either. You'll do yourself an injury, for one thing. If you aim to exercise three times a week, that's much more sustainable and you'll be able to keep it up for longer.
3. Eat enough
If you eat less than 1000 calories a day, you will indeed lose weight. But that's not sustainable - you will fall spectacularly off the wagon and find it hard to get back on. It's also not good for you. The recommended daily amount of calories for a woman is 2000, and so if you're aiming to lose weight you should be trying to eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. There are various fasts and cleansing things you can try - juice fasts, etc - but what you'll find is that they all recommend you should do them for a week or two and no longer. That's because you shouldn't keep them up.
Honestly though, it's not hard. It's just about balance - eat right, keep active and don't deprive yourself of everything. Last year, I was losing weight and still eating all my favourite things like cheese and chocolate, because I kept it balanced. And I feel sure that if I just remember my own tips and get that balance back, I'll get back to where I was. There are lots of healthy recipes at Where Are My Knees, too!