Last August 24, 2020, I opened a forum with my followers and friends on Instagram to ask me anything about my fitness journey. And if you have read my previous fitness blog, there might still be unanswered questions in your mind right now. So for today, I’ll be answering the questions that I got on Instagram to also give you an idea of what’s my take on these questions.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a fitness professional. All of the things that are listed here are based on what I did and what worked for me.
Answering Fitness Questions from Instagram
I got tons of questions when I opened this forum. And for today, I’ll be answering the common questions here for you all.
3 MONTHS NOW AND COUNTING. I started this fitness thing last May 19, 2020. And I would never forget that date because I do track it in my notebook. So if you do plan on starting too, I suggest you put it down in your notebook! In that way, you could also take note of the days that you rest or the days that you cheated on your meals. Haha. The notepad on your phone would also suffice.
A LOW CARB DIET. I already answered this on my previous blog but will do it here again to have a summary. In a low carb diet, we still eat carbs but those foods that are low in carbohydrates. This diet is also popular as one of the most effective ways of losing weight.
So what happens in a low carb diet?
Starting a low carb diet can be easy or difficult for many. As for me, it was totally hard when I started but as time went on, I got used to it already. I have also been doing this for more than 3 months now and I must say it worked for me!
Common foods that you should not eat and avoid in a low carb diet (or limit if you can’t avoid it completely): Rice, Sugar, Sweets, Sodas, Pasta, Bread
“So what do you eat?”, a common question that I always get every time I share my diet with them. Doing a low carb diet, I focus more on eating meat, fish, egg, and leafy vegetables.
This is gonna be a long discussion since it’s a very broad topic. But if you want to know more and get more ideas about a low carb diet, you can also join the Facebook group I’m in that talks all about Low Carb Diet with Intermittent Fasting for Beginners.
I really don’t stick to one workout but I started with simple workouts. I would also suggest that if you want to begin doing workouts, start with simple workouts that would fit your phase. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I started with a straight 14-day program from MrandMrsMuscle on Youtube. Then followed with a more intense Chloe Ting’s 2 Weeks Shred Challenge.
Click here for the Youtube playlist of this program.
Check out the Chloe Ting’s 2 Weeks Shred Challenge here.
After I did these workouts, I went back to MrandMrsMuscle’s channel. There are many workouts that you can follow from there but I suggest you schedule it. Like for me, Mondays are for Upper Body Workouts. The next day would be Lower Body Workout, followed by Full Body Workout on the next day. Just look around and see what you think you need.
If there’s a chance, why not? But for now, I’ll highly consider doing home workouts to be safe. And yes, if you have any good gym recommendations, feel free to comment it down below.
YES, IT DOES! I got this question most of the time. Haha. If you have been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I do food reviews too on my food account. The only technique here is to schedule it and learn how to control it. Because no matter how you workout so hard, it would still boils down to the foods that you eat. That’s why discipline here is a must.
Your cravings can sometimes distract you that’s why you need to think why you started when this comes. As for me, I just drink water. Haha. And in fairness, these days I haven’t really been craving so much compared to when I was not doing any diet. But if you want to get some foods that would satisfy your cravings, go on. But just do it in moderation and drink more water after especially if it’s something sugary.
Cheat days can sometimes be a traitor. That’s why you also need to be careful about what you eat on your cheat day. When I started on my 1st month, I was so strict with this. Sometimes I wouldn’t get myself a cheat day and that takes a lot of discipline. But to tell you honestly, I’ve been cheating a little these past few weeks when it comes to the food that I eat. 😂
But it’s not wrong to take a break once in a while. Set a day when you can cheat on your meals but don’t overeat. Treat yourself a little. As for me, I do it on Sundays most of the time. And do an intense workout on Monday to start the week up.
YES? If I could recall, within my fitness journey from May 19 up to date, I only got to drink milk tea thrice so far. First is the Thai Milk Tea we got to review from a new startup. Second is the one my friend, @offdutymama, sent me. And the third is just recently which Hebrews Shebrews sent me. But to tell you honestly, I can’t finish it anymore like how I used to before. 😂
I only get to drink 1/4 or almost to 1/2 of the milk teas that I got. Be careful with milk tea! Milk tea contains milk and sugar which is not diet-friendly. Unless the milk used here is Almond Milk and the sugar is stevia, then you’re good to go. But if not, better stay away from milk tea or limit it as it’s a great factor for weight gain.
A low carb diet can be expensive or not as to how you do it. If you do your own groceries and prepare your own food, then you can save up. But if you plan on buying ready to eat food outside from restaurants and other businesses, then there it goes costly. Some ingredients used in preparing diet meals are kinda expensive too but there are also substitutes that are affordable.
Some goods like keto-friendly or diet-friendly treats can be pretty expensive too. Simple because as I mentioned earlier, diet-friendly ingredients are expensive compared to the regular ones.
As for me, I do 16:8 Intermittent Fasting. Meaning you fast for 16 hours and feast on 8 hours. I wouldn’t suggest starting fasting right away for beginners. You can do a low carb diet first, and if you’re already used to that diet, then start fasting. And if you can stick completely in doing intermittent fasting, then why not.
But to tell you, Intermittent fasting is certainly not for everyone. If you’re underweight or have a history of eating disorders, you should not fast without consulting with a health professional first.
So that’s it! There are many questions I haven’t posted here because it’s somehow similar to the others but just questioned in a different way. If you do have any questions for me, you can message me on my Instagram or comment it down below. Google is also there. 😂