Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.

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I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

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The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.
Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.

The fixation has led to a $62 Billion supplement industry and $58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

Original Article Source: This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Staggering Weight Loss Transformation -Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs

Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

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A woman who used to consume 2,500 calories in one meal alone has lost more than seven stone after removing bread, pizza and nachos from her diet.

Before losing weight, Kristina Guice, 25, from Tucson in Arizona, USA, would overload on carbs daily and weighed close to 18 stone (250lbs).

After switching schools in her childhood, she struggled to find friends and began burying her feelings beneath carbohydrate-rich foods.

Two years ago, Kristina decided to overhaul her lifestyle and slim down before starting her Masters degree in Forensic Linguistics.

She downloaded a calorie counting app and, after drastically shrinking her carb consumption, lost over seven stone (102lb).

She hit her lowest weight of 10 stone 8lbs last month after adding exercise to the mix and is now loving life having graduated from Hofstra University, New York.

Kristina said that growing up, food provided her with “comfort”, and by the time she left high school she was 60lbs heavier than when she’d started.

“I started off being the ‘chubby kid’ when I was six, when we moved states I went from being active with lots of friends, to more lazy and inactive,” she explained.

“Being the ‘new kid’ I couldn’t socialise as much, so I had a lot of time to myself where I was just comfort eating.

“I once did a calorie count of one Taco Bell order, it was over 2,500 calories. I would have two taco supremes, two chicken chalupas, a chicken quesadilla, a seven layer burrito and an extra-large Mountain Dew.

“I didn’t enjoy being overweight through high school or college, it all just clicked and I knew I needed to make a change.

“I realised that while I loved bread, I didn’t love being fat.”

The 25-year-old downloaded a food diary app and cut out carbs from her diet.

“I was done with them, no bread, pasta, chips, rice and that’s what I did for two and a half years,” she explained.

“At first it was tough, I missed pizzas, nachos and bread, but keto uses substitute carbs which are quite nice.

“I started making pizza crust out of cauliflower dough and other changes, then suddenly I stopped wanting them so much.

“Now the idea of eating bread is so boring, it’s just a waste, it doesn’t appeal to me anymore.”

Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Kristina has lost almost seven stone.

Where previously she would eat a large bowl of Corn Pops for breakfast and snack on tortilla chips mid-morning, she now has iced coffee with hardboiled eggs.

Her carb-filled lunches of supreme pizza have been replaced with healthy, low-carb wraps and her calorie-laden evening meals swapped for chicken thighs with salad.

If she has dessert, it will be sugar-free jelly with homemade whipped cream.

“I feel really proud that I did it,” she said. “Looking back at pictures of myself now is like seeing a different person.”

Original Article Source: Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation