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The Real Struggles of Going on a 'Diet'

Friday, 9 February 2018

Me: "I should really to go on a diet this month"
Also me five minutes later: "One piece of cake wouldn't hurt right?"

Me the next day: "Did I really just... Okay, okay I'll start next week."
Me the next week after a late-night dinner: "Crap!"

Does the above monologue look familiar? Raise your hand, lezz know ourselves :)
I have four words for you: The Struggle is Real.
Not only does this monologue sound like a pathetic broken record to you, but it probably annoys the heck out of your roommate (I'm deeply sorry, Bukola)
As a proud member of "The Society of Failed Diets", it's safe to share a few embarrassing  but relatable thoughts that pop into my head whenever I decide to "go on a diet".



THEY SET YOU UP FOR GUILT

Seriously. Switching to a strictly healthier diet is definitely easier said than done and it almost seems extremely inevitable not to fail at it once in a while and then boom! that little feeling of guilt begins to creep in. Truth is, it's okay. As much as I've had a number of healthy diets that just went downhill, I've also had successful ones and I've realized that beating myself up for falling back on my healthy meal plan only makes things worse and makes it harder to get back on track.


EEEASY TIGER

Yup. I personally don't subscribe to the "Lose weight in 10 days" diet schemes or starving oneself all in the name of weight loss. Instead, I try to embrace a more realistic healthy eating plan.
I try to focus on one thing that I'm addicted to at the moment and cut it down by half. There was once a time where I'd have soft drinks (carbonated drinks/soda) every single day in my first year of University! Soft drinks obviously have about 32g of sugar in one bottle. Yikes, if that's not scary then I don't know what is. I started with cutting that down to two to three bottles per week. Now, I take soft drinks probably ten times in a year.
The thing with those Starve yourself diets is that you deprive your body of all these things and when you backslide (which you will, let's be realistic) your eating habits will actually worsen.



ARE CHEAT DAYS REALLY A GOOD IDEA?

Are they really? I know the idea behind this, but a wholleee day designed for you to eat whatever crap you want? Sign me out. I know the times I've fallen into this inviting-looking pit called Cheat Days, I've never found my way out!


TRY CARDIO

I don't like to exercise as much as the next person, but when I do...I love to jump rope. I've never really been a jogger. Cardio exercises sure make the fat burning process a lot quicker, provided you don't find your way to Coldstone immediately after your sweat sesh.


ARE YOU A TEA LOVER?

Try Green tea! It's packed with antioxidants and helps hasten your metabolism which is absolutely needed to aid quicker digestion.




MOTIVATION IS THAT NOT-EASILY-ATTAINABLE 10-LETTER WORD

Everyone screams about how staying motivated is sooo important in maintaining a healthy diet, but on the real...that spicy-looking pot of Jollof rice in the kitchen isn't going to eat itself, right?
However, as much as I hate to say this, they're absolutely correct. Motivation is the 10-letter word that sends you a quick brain-formatting slap; reminding you about the reason why you decided to go on this diet in the first place.






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8 comments on "The Real Struggles of Going on a 'Diet'"
  1. I wish i could relate to these...i can relate to them in terms of working out and staying fit. I literally eat anything i want with hopes that i will pit on some weight😳😳

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  2. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆThe struggle is reallll!

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  3. I loved reading this post. You and God are the only ones that can motivate yourself to loose weight. I LOVE walking long distances, hiking and jumping rope it burns far more calories than jogging(I did the research). Green tea is bae.

    Well done honey, this was a nice write up.

    Xoxo.


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    1. LOOOL. You’re totally right about motivation. Wow I didn’t even know that about skipping, definitely great news! Thanks for stopping by ❤️

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