Once I had made up my mind about losing weight, I needed the most important thing: a diet. Obviously, it wasn’t the first time I started a diet. I have always been overweighed and I have always wanted to get slim. I did manage to lose weight when I was 14 and during my second year at University but I have no clue what I did. It just happened and I put on weight again straight after.
I needed a more serious plan. So, what do you do when you are a poor student with little money and you cannot afford paying a dietician? You might be thinking “Easy Teresina! Eat healthy”. But I was already eating healthy, no fried food, no sugar, no cakes, no dessert, no McDonald, no Burger King. How could I have found a solution with zero money and no understanding of nutrition? Simple answer! You just do what you do every day: wasting time browsing the internet. And this is when I came across the Free NHS 12-week plan. A FREE guide which gives advice on healthy eating! At that time, it seemed like a miracle: I found exactly what I was after for FREE.
This plan gives a brunch of nice advice. FIRST ONE: no matter how healthy you eat, if you put on weight or you are fat, it’s because you eat too much. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been eating cakes for 3 years or you turn you head round when you pass by McDonald, it makes no difference at all. OVERWEIGHT = YOU EAT TOO MUCH! I was shocked, after 25 years, I found the reason why I was fat: I was eating too much. It was hard to accept, but first step for success is facing the truth and accept it. The first week rule was simple: carry on eating what you already do, eat what you want, just reduce your portions. Buy a scale (I could definitely afford buying a scale, just a few ££$$€€), weight your food, eat sensible portion and avoid junk food. EASY
First week was a pain. I couldn’t even fall asleep at night. My stomach was yelling at me asking for food. And what I did when I was dying of hanger? I used to make a camomile hoping to falling asleep within 10-20 minutes. It worked.
Stick to this simple rule paid back shortly. After my first week, I dropped my body weight from 74 kg to 72.3 kg. AMAZING!!! 1.7 Kg (aound 4 pounds) lost in one week. It was a miracle and it was happening and for FREE!!!