So I’ve had some questions about my diet/why I am dieting, and I thought I should clear it up!
First of all, the diet I am on is called “Drop a Dress Size in 2 Weeks” and it’s from the amazing magazine All You (perhaps the April 2010 issue?). I first used this diet when I actually needed to drop a dress size for prom! They didn’t have my size in the dress I wanted so I bought a size smaller (it zipped, but barely!) and thought I could just wear Spanx. I somehow gained more weight between the dress buying and the dress fitting, so I definitely need to diet. I was already carrying a some bit of extra weight at the time, not exercising AT ALL and eating (read: binging) whenever I wanted, so losing some weight was definitely an okay decision for my body. I did the All You diet, and didn’t exercise (I was an exercise-phobe, okay?) for 2 weeks, and I fit into my dress! I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks, and kept off 5 of those pounds ever since.
In college, however, my eating habits drastically changed. Dining hall food provided a world of all you can eat fried food, with mystery ingredients that I couldn’t control. I basically had access to fries, chicken fingers, soda, and pizza 24/7 (although there was also a salad and sandwich bar… but I’m not a salad girl!). Pittsburgh is cold and grey October-March, so comfort food and sweats abound. I wouldn’t say I put on the Freshman 15, but my body did a weird weight dispersal…my legs got thinner (walking more?) and my tummy got bigger (more fried/salty foods and soda!).
Since I’ve been home I’ve had access to much better foods (thanks for all the grocery shopping, mom!) and I’ve been making a lot better eating choices in the food department (blogging has helped!). I’m dieting now because I want to kickstart my healthier lifestyle. My mom and my grandma are dieting now (with the All You diet, of course) so it’s nice to have a little support group. Also, I’m going to Myrtle Beach with my family on June 23 (YAY!) and I know it’s vain but I just want to kick any extra fat (and trust me, I’m not delusional, there definitely is some baby pudge lying around) and power up my metabolism for my vacation.
So what is the All You diet? Here are the basics:
- At least 2 liters of water every day. No drinks other than water or herbal tea! This flushes your body of toxins, gets rid of a lot of water weight, and makes your skin glow!!
- Eat 5 small, approximately 250 calorie meals a day (for a total of 1250 calories a day). I love this diet because it makes me feel like I’m eating CONSTANTLY, and I never feel hungry when I’m on it.
- Two meals a day consist of a serving of fruit and a lean protein
- Three meals a day consist of a whole wheat grain, a vegetable, and a lean protein
I don’t care if I don’t lose ANY weight at all! I’ll just take that as a sign that my body is already at it’s healthy weight. I’m also going to be very attentive to any feelings of weakness in my body, upon which I will increase my caloric intake. This diet worked very well for me when I had basically no activity level, but I’m not sure it will work for me at my current high activity level.
Also, just to keep perspective, here’s a great article about our culture’s strange idea of a “bikini body”. I totally agree that ANYONE who wants to wear a bikini should be able to, and that healthy can look different for anyone! There is not ONE bikini body, or even FIVE bikini bodies. There is just your body, and how you feel about it! I feel great about my body because I know that I protect it, nourish it, and challenge it appropriately, and really thats the most important thing to me!
- Do you ever diet? Why or why not?
- Do you do anything health and fitness wise to prepare for a vacation? What’s your opinion on having a “bikini body”?