Have you ever opened your wardrobe to put on your favourite jeans, only to realise you can barely get them over your bum anymore? You have put on some weight and guess what, it is perfectly okay! Things can get away from us - busy work schedules, study commitments and social activities all play a role in our health and weight. Sometimes we slip up and before we know it we have unwittingly gained a few extra kilos, and probably the stress that goes with it. If you are freaking out right now, all I can say is STOP! It will be okay, you can get back on track and start again. I'm sure you don't want to make your situation worse, so here are a few things NOT to do when you realise you have gained weight!
Do Not: Start Skipping Meals
This won't help you to lose weight in the long run, and you are more likely to snap and binge later on. Skipping meals constantly will also slow down your metabolism, so make sure you eat regular meals with wholesome, real ingredients. This is also where preparation plays such an important role. Meal plan at the start of the week, and if you don't want to do that at least write down what you will be eating each day so you don't even have to think about it.
Do: Stay Away From Detox or Fad Diets
The issue with these 'diets' is they are temporary. Sure they might help you to lose a few kilos straight up, but how long can you survive by cutting carbs or eating only cabbage? Another thing these diets will do is make you put the weight back on faster, and maybe even more of it. If you yo-yo up and down and cut food groups out of your diet, your body won't like you for it and it will let you know. If you aren't happy with your weight or how you look, the best thing to do is to find a healthy, balanced diet that is part of your lifestyle and won't make you miserable.
Do Not: Focus On Negatives
Mindset is going to be the key to how you drop this weight. If you focus on how unhappy you are and on the foods you can't eat, you will be automatically setting yourself back. See this as an opportunity to better yourself and get excited about all the changes that will be happening from eating fresh foods to looking amazing in all your clothes. Trust me, the more you say "I can't do this" the more you will believe that.
Do: Stop Obsessing Over Your Weight
Constantly stepping on those scales isn't going to make you feel any better. In fact it will probably make you more stressed and make it harder for the weight to come off. I don't like using scales to measure progress as a lot of the time you will gain muscle not fat, and still look leaner and more toned than ever before. You also have to remember that your weight fluctuates depending on water intake, the time of day and what your hormones are doing. It is best to weigh yourself every couple of weeks after you have implemented a healthy eating plan and started regularly exercising. Focus on the journey (cliche I know) and it will truly make everything seem less frustrating and useless.
Do: Keep The Balance Exercising
Don't obsessively exercise and start doing cardio 3 hours a day. Not only will this make you start to hate exercise, it isn't realistic and you won't be able to keep it up. It will also lead you to eat more as you will be hungrier, and possibly result in overeating. If you haven't exercised in a while don't expect to get straight back into it 7 days a week, and smash out fifty burpees in a row. This isn't going to happen. Start off slowly and you will see how your fitness levels increase over time. It really doesn't take that long, it just requires consistency.
Remember girls, a positive mindset is your best friend! Add a little hard work and dedication in there and you will have your goal body in no time.