This is a question I get a lot on my Instagram, What do you eat in a day, what is your diet. Before I get into this I want to ask you all some questions, do you want a Summer body or a body you will love all year round? Does one size jeans fit everybody or just some bodies?
These are the questions you have to ask yourself. A lot of people want fad diets and trendy challenges and they truly believe this will give them their dream bodies. For the record I do not have my dream body yet. I also like to remind people genetics is also part of the reason why our bodies look the way it looks. I always tell people pay attention to your parents, aunts, siblings. It’s the easiest way to know what you’re genetically predisposed to and then you can work from there.
Another mistake we all make it thinking one size fits all. You can’t think just because something works for me it will work for you, what you also have to understand is my body that you see didn’t come to me two months before summer. I have been working at it for more than three years. I would work out at home to youtube videos. I did this for a year before getting the courage to go inside an actual gym.
Then I would literally go five times a week, while I was in college. When I went to school I would either go to the gym before or after class. Either way I was gonna go. The next major thing was my diet, I made two lifestyle changes along with my gym regime. I cut out meat and I don’t have dairy mainly because I’m lactose intolerant. On rare occasions I would have ice cream and cheese and I would pay dearly for my indulgence. A lot of people have asked why I stopped eating meat, my honest answer is since moving to the US I was having a bad reaction to many things. My body just wasn’t digesting the meat properly and my body felt heavy. I didn’t feel like myself. I stopped eating it and felt so much better.
My secret? I eat whatever I want between 1pm and 8pm. I would workout on an empty stomach and just drink water until my eating window open. I would have two large meals pretty much. For 3 months I re-trained my stomach and curbed my snacking by fasting one day a week. I did that for three months and it worked. Lifestyle changes are the only ways to guarantee your success.
I’m not super strict on what I eat, I don’t get caught up in counting calories and I don’t own a scale. I look for products that are real, organic and don’t have a lot of ingredients I can’t pronounce. I will go ahead and insert some snapshots of what I ate in the past few days, to give you an idea. The important thing is finding a system that works for you and being consistent with it. Success demands consistency.
Lauren thanks for the honesty with this post. In my post partum body I do not recognize myself. It has been hard.
I had tried the fasting approach although not for 1 whole day and I definitely noticed a difference. I have been toying with giving up meat. When you fast, do you allow yourself crackers? Or do you just stick to liquids?
There aren’t any real rules to fasting. When I fast I eat only what I burn if that makes sense. So lets say I went to the gym and burned 300 calories, that’s all I’m eating for the day or a little bit less. So yes you can have crackers, tea and if you want just liquids. Just not meals if that makes sense. Do what works but don’t kill yourself. Thanks for the support love, I wish you all the best and stop being hard on yourself.