Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the intentional restriction of all food and caloric beverages for a certain period of time. I discovered Intermittent Fasting almost three years ago. I slowly got into it, settled into a routine and loved my results. However, I didn’t tell anyone, unless they were already into it themselves. Why? Because every time I mention it, people roll their eyes. “Seriously, you’re starving yourself?“ IF is not starvation. First of all, you’re eating more calories than on a calorie restriction diet. And secondly, it’s one of the oldest and most natural traditions in the world. Snackers gonna hate, but until the 70s,Read More →

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Here we are, adding the last piece of the puzzle. Today, by popular demand, we’re talking about cravings. I know everyone hates them, but what if we switched that around and saw them as opportunities to grow? We talked about what makes us overeat (Blog Post: Why we love food) and the hormones that make us store what we eat. If you haven’t read the posts, go ahead and do that, so that everything is clear. Understanding what’s going on in the brain and in the body can give you a freeing feeling that it’s not your fault, no matter how many times you failedRead More →

How hormones affect your weight

For a very long time I believed that weight management is simple – calories in versus calories out and there’s nothing more to it than maths. But there was obviously something missing! What’s up with all the cravings, and why am I not slim yet even though I eat so little? If sugar is supposed to give you energy, why is it that I want to take a nap 20 minutes after I finish eating my doughnut? Say Hello to my friends, Insulin and Cortisol. They’re good guys, they both do very important jobs and you want them around. However, you want them in theRead More →

why we love food

Let me give you a warning: you might not like my answer (and I’m 100% OK with that). But part of reaching my goal weight after going up and down so many times was keeping an open mind and accepting that I might be wrong sometimes. 1. The animal brain I know we all think that we’re a highly evolved species. We’re capable of planning ahead, do math (well, some of us), work a computer, invent new things, lie, and many others that no other living being can do. But when it comes to chemicals in the body, we’re still animals. And the easiest exampleRead More →

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In my first phase of weight loss, four years ago, I had to make a few changes. I gave up most carbs (though I was allowed to eat them on exercise days) including some fruit, dairy (I wasn’t vegan at the time) and processed meat. Everything was lean, clean, and home-cooked. Of course, I lost a lot of weight in the first month and then I was allowed to slowly re-introduce whatever I wanted in my diet, as long as I kept a daily calorie intake of 1200kcal. That was ridiculously low, and I talk about it in this video. Every phase of my weightRead More →

It’s week 3 of our March challenge. On week 1 we talked about batch cooking, on week 2 I gave you a simple formula to create meal prep recipes and now let’s talk portion control. The simplest way to put it is this: if you want to maintain the weight you have you need to eat as many calories as you burn; if you want to lose, you need to eat less; if you want to gain, you need to eat more. It’s math anyone can do. If you want to know how many calories you need, we explain it in this blog post. OurRead More →

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Cravings. Those little monsters living in our bellies that make us think we’re hungry so we’ll overeat, put on the extra pounds, so they have more space to make more little monsters. How selfish of them. Get a room, cravings! All jokes aside, we all have them, and more often than not, we feel guilty when we give in. And unfortunately, I don’t have a secret formula to ignore them. I found out throughout the years that ignoring them ALL THE TIME makes me very unhappy and always ended in a binge. I decided to be smart about it instead, and that works much better.Read More →

My weight goes up 3-5 pounds now and then depending on many factors – life changes like moving home, how stressed I am, injury or illness that prevents me from exercising or how well I sleep. But there are three things that for me are a sure thing when it comes to gaining weight. The top 3 things that make me put on weight 1. Boredom This is not much of a problem if I’m at home, there is always something to do. But if I’m at work and for some reason I don’t have an immediate task at hand, the first thing I think aboutRead More →

Oh wow, I finished PIIT28! 28 days of workouts and good food and it’s safe to say that my Christmas belly is long gone. At the beginning of January, I posted my monthly plan and mentioned PIIT28 and DietBet, and I also posted a weekly recap to keep me accountable. Go to Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 to see some of my favourite (or least favourite) exercises and the foods that helped me get to this day. It’s now time for a final recap and the dreaded weigh-in. What is PIIT28*? PIIT is Pilates Intense Interval Training, and 28 is the number of minutesRead More →

After the Oreo weekend, I didn’t panic, but I knew I have to get back on track. On Tuesday I was at 54.9kg and my goal weight to win DietBet is 54.4kg. I also wanted to make this weight loss more sustainable, have peanut butter or nuts if I want to, eat dry fruit if I’m in the mood for some, not be afraid of certain foods. Because let’s face it, if I win my DietBet by eating only low-calorie foods, after I’m done with it I’m going to put the weight back on. And OMG, it worked! 54.2kg on Sunday morning by being moreRead More →