Now I know its that time of the year when EVERYONE seems to be losing weight. Even that skinny friend of yours needs to 'tone up'. Now I've never been skinny. I always had 'puppy fat' so I know how it feels to want to be that skinny friend! So these past few weeks I thought, okay you've got to cut down now Sophie, because I am one of those people that has something to eat and has to go back for more because I'm never full! Yet a week in, I'd only lost 1lb. 1 measly lb. I'd given up my daily chocolate bar, I'd been doing my exercises, taking the stairs instead of the lift. Yet all I had to show for it was 1lb. Cue tearful chat with the mum!
Now my mum is a principal dietitian at a leading London hospital, so when it comes to healthy eating, she'll always be the person I turn to. And she told me the following, which has kept me going and 2 weeks in I've now lost 2.6lb.
Ok, so if you're on a diet you'll often hear that you need 1500 calories a day (500 less than the 2000 you would need if you weren't dieting). That's reducing your daily calorie intake by 500 calories, right? So if there's seven days in a week, thats 7x500 = 3500 calories you're cutting down. And it just so happens that there are 3500 calories in 1lb of fat. So a 1lb loss is actually an ideal healthy weightloss.
But that's only 1lb. That's like nothing!
Not so, 1lb is roughly equal to 500g. This is what 500g looks like in terms of butter
Yep, your average butter tub (go have a look next time you're in Sainsburys!). Now imagine if you spread that whole tub over your whole body. Yeah it would probably just about cover it. If you're anything like me, you're not going to lose that 500g from just one spot, like your tummy or your arms, are you? And don't forget that fat likes to hug around your organs too!
So my mum's advice is to just keep on at it, don't give up, but then don't read this and think ooh I can have a treat now! Keep at it ladies, and let me know how you're doing!
Thanks for reading this super long post