James! I have a quick question. I've been following your stuff for a couple of years now, and have spoken to you a few times on here. Basically, I weigh a lot, and have done for a while (S/O to Thyroid problems fucking me over) but I am being treated for that, and desperate to lose weight. Only thing is, one: I find it very hard to stomach fruit and veg and all that shit. Two: I'm terrified about the loose skin. I know you've lost a lot of weight over the years. Did you struggle with the skin? x
Hi there! Sorry to hear you’ve been having problems! If you find it hard to stomach fruit and veg, it’s likely that it’s because your taste buds have been so used to sugar and saturated fats that you don’t like the taste of fruit and veg. I was exactly the same - addicted to anything with sugar in it, chocolate, ice cream, biscuits. But part of the diet is making a lifestyle change, and within this lifestyle change you have to push yourself through barriers you would normally stop at. This is how you make the transition to a healthier person.
You eat more fruit and veg, to the point where you cut out all sugar (except cheat meals but i rarely have them as i find when i cheat i can end up binging, which defeats the purpose). When you cut out all sugar and the cravings are gone, the more fruit and veg you eat - your taste buds actually change. They change/adapt to the taste of fruit and veg which gives you a wonderful taste, it’s just the sugar tricking your brain into thinking it’s tasteless. There are so many smoothies you can make which are very refreshing! You can eat protein, meats pretty much as much as you want, with low carb intake.
I also found that with the healthy diet, it is much much better for people who have eating habits, because you have to eat at least 6 small meals a day and this keeps you eating and full throughout the day. So you don’t feel as if you’re starving yourself - you might just find coming off sugar and fatty foods a little bit hard. This doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t eat ANY fat, for example brazil nuts are loaded with fat, but this is an essential part of our diet because it’s GOOD, NATURAL FAT and our body needs it to replace the crappy fats we’ve been eating.
The bottom line is though, you need to be prepared to push yourself through it, even if it tastes absolutely disgusting when you start, i promise you in about 3 weeks things will taste beautiful. You need to be prepared to exercise 4-6 days a week doing cardiovascular workouts if you want to lose weight as fast as possible, with some HIT training involved. I’m with www.modelhealthonline.com and they are the reason i am where i am today. I can help you with so much more as well, but first you have to be willing to make this lifestyle change, it’s not something you do for a few weeks and then fall off the bandwagon - it takes a full transition.
Only you can make yourself do that :) P.s. I ended up with cellulite and stretch marks from being overweight but it’s only recently i’ve managed to remove them with exercise and coconut oil.
The only downside to the healthy diet is that it can be quite expensive, but if you do your research and visit a few shops and compare prices for everything in the ingredients list, you can find deals and cheaper options. I.e. i go to Aldi for the veg and other organic fruits and some meats and to the butchers for most of my meat, as they know i’m a regular so i get a good deal! (definitely build a relationship with them)
Last thing would be to get involved with a members page on facebook or something (there is one for modelhealth) where everyone is posting about the diet, workouts, and doing it together, and it’s great motivation! You also have direct contact with the personal trainers online so if you want to know something they’re always there.
All the best!