So I'm finally here to tell you about the method I'm using to lose weight! TADAAAH! *intense drumming and cheering* I'm not a sort of person who will fall into these fashion diets that promise you to loose weight in 2 weeks with minimal effort, so I've never tried any of these super fast diets like carping, Atkins or lemon juice detox diets. And the first thing why I try to avoid these fashion diets is because they're usually not healthy. So I really have to be convinced that the diet and the long term side effects are healthy for your body before I even consider trying it.
So I watched two documents about fasting and in those documents they told that actually human is made for fasting: when we were still hunting our own food there were days when no prey was caught and we had to survive some days with no food and our bodies are made to endure the stress of fasting and actually it is also very healthy! In the documents they told numerous cases in which people have actually recovered from chronic headaches and even had better health during cancer treatments due to fasting. They had proven that while a person fasts the body starts to heal and regenerate cells by itself - it's still unknown WHY the body does this, but the scientist think that it's a surviving mechanism.
After I had watched these two documents I bought a book (written by an English doctor, Michael Mosley) about fasting. And this was way before the diet got famous and became a fashion scene. I read the book about the 5:2 diet and decided to give it a go. If You don't know about the diet, it's about fasting 2 days a week and during those fasting days you're only allowed to eat 500 calories per day. You have to take two days that are NOT sequentially for example I fasted Monday and Wednesday/Thursday.
The first two to three weeks was quite hard. During those fasting days I got really hungry and sometimes even weak. But after the three weeks my body started to get used to the fasting and it got a lot easier. Also at first there were no change in my body and I was about to loose hope but then at the end of the fifth week I really noticed a change. Our scale is broken so I couldn't use it but I measured my body after every week and at the end of the fifth week I had lost : 2 cm from my waist, 2 cm from my hips, 1½ cm from my arms, 2 cm from my thighs and 4 cm from my butt. And I had done zero excessive exercising!
I ended the diet when we went to Japan with my friends, since I wanted to enjoy the Japanese cuisine and not think about fasting while I'm there. Well after the trip I measured myself again and what do you know I had lost 3 cm from my waist! In two weeks! YAY JAPAN!! So after doing the fasting diet for 3 months I had lost: 6 cm from waist, 7 cm from hips, 3 cm from arms, 5 cm from thighs and 6½ cm from butt. And also my appetite is smaller so even though I quit the diet I continue to lose weight due to the fact that my stomach is now smaller because of the fasting! And I think that's really the key point of this diet.
So what did I eat during the fasting days ? At morning I ate one rye bread, at work during lunch I drank 4 deciliters of very low calorie strawberry soup. After work at home I ate one chicken breast with salt and pepper and some long green beans. And if I got hungry in the evening I made some Miso-soup. I also drank a LOT of water and some tea and coffee - with just a bit of low calorie milk.
While fasting I also noticed that my skin was in very good shape! But that was because of the fact that whilst fasting the body heals itself so it healed my skin! I've been having some minor skin problems since I was 14 and no face wash or cleansing product has ever helped - I've tried so many of them.... After I quit fasting my skin started to get spotty again and I was getting depressed. That's when I heard about zinc. I already take birthconrol pills for my skin and they did some good but not enough... SO I went to drug store and bought some zinc pills and after 2 weeks of daily use I noticed a BIG difference! I mean I would never had thought that the solution for my spots would be zinc, but it is. Yes I still do get some small spots now and then especially if I've been eating too much sugar, but when I get one I just take two pills instead of one for a couple of days and use tea tree oil from The Body Shop onto the spot and it's gone in a few days. These products that I'm using are very inexpensive.
|This product is the zinc and it costs around 5/10 euros|
these 130 pills. It also contains vitamin C and it's also good
for your immune system and for your hair and nails.
|this little bottle costs about 9 euros and even though it's|
quite small it lasts very long. This tea tree oil is diluted and
it has only 15% oil in it. You HAVE TO DILUTE the tea tree oil
otherwise it's too strong.
My friend's skin was too sensitive for the tea tree oil so if you know that you have a really sensitive skin, I would not recommend this product. I only use it on spots and on the most greasy areas of my face. But these two cheap products have saved my skin and I'm so much happier and easygoing now that my skin is in such a good shape after so many years of struggle. I only wash my face with LUMENE's make up cleansing product and I do it only in the evenings. At morning I wash my face with cold water.
I know I still have some work to do on my thighs and my butt, but at least my upper body is in my opinion in a good shape. I train my abs and thighs at home almost every day, but I don't stress about it. If I'm too tired to exercise I won't do it. I also walk my dog on a daily bases but I don't think that I work out that much - I'm kind of lazy person...... lol. Now I'll post some pictures from my looks and from Japan and then I'll take my leave!
|the shirt of my tattooist: One Eye Tattoo. I got it for free|
after my left hand was finished. I really like the shirt, it's cool. BTW
I had a serious bed head it this pic.
|I cut the neckline bigger in the shirt so it matches with my taste.|
I don't like tiny necklines..... feels like chocking! UGH.
|this dress is actually quite old one. But I re-fell in love with it this summer.|
While we had SO F****G HOT here in Finland during this summer
this dress really saved me. Oh and you can see my new boots! They're
just so cool.............
|we were going to Estonia with my father's posse. It|
wasn't so warm in Finland at that time.
|That shirt is really the brightest color I have in my|
closet. If you don't count pajamas.
|FINNAIR + THE MOOMINS in Japan <3 I LOVE Little My.|
If you don't know Finnair is a Finnish flying company and if you want to
know about the Moomins Google The Moomins or Tove Jansson
which is the Finnish author. Moomins are really popular in Japan...
|This is from Tokyo's Disney Sea. The main entrance.|
|Disney Sea, Indiana Jones and the crystal skull. THAT|
THING WAS SO AMAZING! I MEAN, JUST
LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! You bet I was humming the Indiana
Jones theme song the whole time we were waiting in
|Inside of a spooky hotel. Disney Sea.|
|A volcano next to Venice. Why not? The volcano actually spit some|
fire out an made some rumbling noises from time to time. cooolll.
|Venice in Disney Sea. It seems as if the day wasn't that hot, but it was very|
humid which added some degrees to the weather. I had my leather jacket
with me and I used it at the end since it got a bit chilly...
|We didn't try those boats. I've been to one in the real|
Venice so been there done that.
|And a really beautiful tree right next to our house in|
Yes and these were the only pictures I took from Japan............. It was my fifth time so I already have so many pictures of the city and all the pics of people are in my friend's phone and I never remember to ask her to give them to me. So this is the sad outcome of my photographer career. If you want to know something about Disney Sea, the diet or zinc or ANYTHING, please leave a comment or otherwise contact me. I'll gladly answer any question you have!