Thin is in, and I am that girl who everyone loves to hate. I am naturally slim and eat whatever and whenever I like, and I never gain weight. That said, I still can relate and understand people who are overweight and are struggling with their weight.
Once in my life I was in the obese category, but I had an excuse for that: I was pregnant. I gained 45 pounds throughout my pregnancy and for a petite woman like me, whose normal weight is 90 pounds, it was a lot. I looked and felt fat, unattractive, depressed, and very uncomfortable with extra pounds I gained. I could not believe my eyes about my metamorphosis: my belly, arms, legs, feet, hands, and even my face became “larger than life.” People made unflattering comments about me and my weight and made me depressed. I could not scream at everyone and say that I am not fat, but pregnant. The experience itself was eye opening. Now, I could understand how badly the overweight people are treated in our society, and how depressed they might be. It took me six months to lose weight and return to my normal self (90 pounds), which I still maintain.
Here are my tips on how to achieve and keep your ideal weight throughout your life:
Increase your metabolism through diet. Be extremely picky about what you eat.
Always eat three to four times a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper. I always have an espresso with a croissant and farmer’s cheese for breakfast (coffee is a natural diuretic beverage that allows increased flow of urine and thereby aid removal of unwanted fluids from your body). This type of breakfast increases your metabolism and gives you energy for the rest of the day. Lunch (the middle of the day meal) should be your heaviest meal of the day when you can engorge yourself. Dinner and supper should be your lightest meals of all, because they usually happen at night and you do not have time to burn all the calories you intake. The unburned calories will turn into unwanted fat.
Regular exercising will keep you in the best possible shape.
Two to three times a week of exercising work for me. I usually take one-hour group exercise classes, such as: dance, kick boxing, power flex, hard core, body pump, to name a few. If you want to tighten your belly, wear a sports belt (I wore one after my pregnancy and it worked). Occasionally, I swim and enjoy sauna or Jacuzzi.
Moderation is the key.
Eat and exercise in moderation. Eat often and well throughout the day, but stick to small portions. Eating should be a healthy and pleasant experience, not a chore, so as exercising.