So after my weight loss article went viral online, magazines and newspapers I have gotten thousands of emails, snaps, Dm’s, messages and tweets, me being just one person can’t respond to everyone as there is so many of you, and most of you are asking me the same exact questions.
This is why I asked you all to jot your questions down so I could do a FQA post and answer them for you.
Before I jump in to this, I want to say that what has worked for me, might not necessarily work for you.
- What was your highs and lows of your weight loss journey?
Well, the highs were obviously seeing the benefits of my hard work, me dropping the weight off and seeing my body changing. The lows was at the start mainly as I felt so hopeless that I would never lose weight and I would just keep getting bigger and bigger. Another major low was when my body hit a plateau, this basically means your body gets used to the diet and exercises that you do and you have to eventually switch your routine up, after much research on google did I figure out why I had stopped loosing weight.
- What YouTube videos did you use?
I literally typed in “effective ab, bum and leg workouts” and zumba. Then I simply tried the different workouts out and saw what worked for me.
I also did the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels and the Insanity workout by Sean T (DVD’s).
- What’s the the most important thing for weight loss ?
For me it is nutrition. You have to remember as much as I workout if my diet wasn’t clean I would not of lost weight. 70% of weight loss is purely your diet.
- How long did it take you to loose the weight?
In my eyes fitness is a lifestyle so I would say i’m still trying to change my body as I am far from perfect, but I have progressed so I am very happy with that. At first my weight dropped off very quickly, I would say the majority dropped off in the first 6months, then later on it slowed down as I had less weight to shed.
- What was the hardest part?
For me it’s not even about losing the weight, it’s maintaining it. Hence why now it has become my lifestyle and not something that is simply on my “to do list”.
- How do I start my weight loss journey?
I personally went cold turkey, cut out everything and went into hardcore training. However I don’t recommend that. I would say ease into it slowly slowly with your diet and workouts, this way I have seen many people avoid the plateau stage as they have gradually built up their fitness level.
- How did you get rid of your stretch marks if you had any?
I had A LOT of stretch marks, deep purple ones to be precise. I found Bio Oil helped me dramatically, working out is also a must for loose skin and stretch marks. I saw a dramatic change in my stretch marks, you can barley see them now, they are just silvery, but I don’t mind, they just remind me how far I’ve come.
- What do you do for leg/ thigh workouts?
To be honest with everyone I am very bottom heavy, I find it so, so hard to lose weight on my bottom half, and as a women it is a tad harder to lose weight there, plus it depends on your body shape/ structure. I personally love the rebounder when i do cardio at home (its the mini trampoline) I find it so fun and enjoyable, I can literally do it for one hour non stop. If you are simply looking to tone your legs I would recommend more weight training and circuit training.
- I crave sweet things all the time, how can I beat that craving?
I used to drink hot water, honey and lemon whenever I craved anything sweet.
- Do you only use Teami Tea for detoxing?
Yes the only thing I use, I personally swear by it.
- Would you suggest weight loss pills?
Never, I would never recommend pills that promise you “quick weight loss” to anyone.
- What’s your best weight loss advice?
You will lose weight, I promise, if you stick to it and have that drive, motivation and determination you will.
It all falls down to how much you really want to lose weight, there is a big difference in saying something and doing something.
Trust the process, and the process will do you and your body justice.
Okay loves, these were my most frequently asked questions (I have gotten thousands of more questions tailored to the people asking me for advice. I will be responding to them personally).
I honestly just want to say thank you so, so much for your heart warming comments. I am so glad that so many of you see me as your inspiration. I try respond to as many comments and emails as I get, believe me some of what I have read literally broke my heart as it reminded me how I felt and sometimes still feel, but just know that I believe in all of you and love all you guys dearly.
I hope my weight loss story has helped and motivated most of you guys to either continue your weight loss journey or kick start your weight loss journey.
NEVER GIVE UP ON SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY WANT!
– Lisi XO