Back in the summer of 2015 I decided to cut out starchy carbs and sugar completely from my diet to see if I could really get that lean body I’ve always wanted. One week in and I had lost an inch around my waist and to my astonishment I even lost another inch the following week. I was losing weight fast and I loved it but I was deeply unhappy. I felt depressed that I couldn’t indulge in my favourite treats because I had imposed this rule on myself to completely eliminate ‘bad’ foods. I went on holiday to Tenerife shortly after and I had the best bikini body I’d ever had. But I couldn’t keep up such an unrealistic diet so I put the weight back on and was back to square one. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t suddenly put on a stone, I actually was just back to the normal slim self that I was before; I’d just lost a bit of the definition in my abs but I was still the same dress size.
Seven months later and January 2016 is upon us. New year, new me and all that jazz. So I decided that now was the time to give it another go, BUT (and this is a huge BUT) think of it as a lifestyle and be more realistic with it. I know for a fact that cutting out starchy carbs and sugar makes me lose fat and get leaner. But this isn’t the case for everyone so although cutting out sugar will no doubt help you, cutting out carbs might not make a difference to your body. Did you know that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have what are called Ferrari body types? Their bodies can process anything which means no matter what they eat they can easily keep their fantastic body shapes. It’s not fair, but there’s no point dwelling on all the celebrities we wished we looked like (and believe me I’ve spent many a day wishing I had Khloe’s bum, Kim’s hips and Beyoncé’s waist). All you have to do is cut out a certain food group and see how you feel after a week. A week is all it takes for you to see if there is a difference in your body.
I’ve decided to cut down on starchy carbs but allow myself one of my favourite healthy carb meals or snacks per week, for example a bowl of porridge or some sweet potato mash. This is the difference between what I’m doing now and what I was doing before. I’m thinking of it now as a lifestyle and I want to keep it up forever because at the end of the day I know that living on a Mediterranean style diet is the best thing for my body and my health. One week in and I am already feeling more energised, my skin is getting clearer and I am feeling leaner. This time I’m not feeling depressed because I am allowing myself some (anti-oxidant rich) dark chocolate here and there, or a healthy slice of banana bread. My main meals consist of eggs for breakfast, salad for lunch and meat or fish with veggies for dinner. It’s amazing and I love it! I’m going to keep it up and update you on my progress. If you want to give it a go or have any questions get in touch 🙂