Helpful and not so Helpful Advice

I have a heap of close friends (many of which I know are following this blog – Hi guys!!!!) and they are well aware of my goals that I have set myself for my wedding. I’ve been chatting to them for weeks about this. As always when you are with friends they try to encourage you and give you some tips. Some of the tips are great.  But then there are some tips that are terrible. Now terrible is a strong word, but well deserved in some cases. Here are some of those tips (both the good and the bad). I won’t name names as not to embarrass anyone!

 

fitness

 

Drink plenty of water

This is a pretty well known one, but it helps in so many ways when you are dieting. The benefits include:

  • It’s calorie free, which is exactly what you want on a diet.
  • It also makes you feel full, so you don’t want to eat and drink anything else
  • You usually have it in lieu of something else which reduces your calorie intake (good buy coffee and sodas!)
  • Flushes your system out

 

Keep motivational things around the house

If you are thinking positive, then you will probably use more energy and want to eat less. As per my first post I love staying motivated. One thing I did was stuck our wedding invitation on the fridge door to make me think twice about what I grab when I’m in the fridge.

 

Wear high heals around the house

Yes, someone actually suggested this to me. They told me that it would help strengthen my calf muscles. I mentioned to them that I would then have sore feet and not be able to go for a walk in the evenings.  “Ohh, I didn’t think about that” she said back. I think I’ll stick to my normal shoes thanks.

 

Try a protein powder shake

One of my friends suggested using a protein powder during the day. I had to let her know that protein powders are for building muscles and as a result are high in calories, and that maybe you are thinking of a diet shake. “Are you sure?” was what she said to me. We had a laugh about it afterwards.

 

weight gaining

 

Don’t weigh yourself everyday

Great suggestion. Our weight fluctuates daily and it will have nothing to do with how we are going with our diet.  Weighing yourself more than once per week isn’t going to help.  It will only frustrate you because you think you are putting on weight.

 

Have small meals rather than 3 big meals

I’ve been told that having 5 small meals is better than having 3 big meals. This allows you to feel full for longer throughout the course of the day. It also means that you can have more of a variety during the day. You also don’t feel stuffed. When you feel overfull you tend to get lethargic and don’t want to exercise.

 

Update

I have kept up my walking and have improved my time by 3 minutes (down to 45 minutes). I have also dropped 2 pounds in 9 days to date. Off to a great start! Yay!!!