While strict diet plans can help you tone up and slim down, they can be difficult to maintain.
But one mum found the perfect solution to her weight loss woes, and it didn’t involve restrictive dieting or constant weighing on the scales.
Instagram sensation Nikki Rees explained to Metro.co.uk: “Four months after the baby had arrived, I visited my sister in London for her birthday. I bought a super tight, figure hugging dress, convincing myself that this was exactly what I needed – that if I could squeeze myself into this dress, I would feel good about myself. I got a spray tan, I painted my nails, I blew out my hair and I armed myself with a pair of super strength tummy control Spanx.
“Unfortunately a night that was meant to be so glamorous and so fun, ended up feeling so uncomfortable. By the time my second Bellini arrived, my overly full breastfeeding boobs were on the verge of exploding out of the top of my low cut dress and my tummy had forced its way over the top of my spanks which had now rolled right down, creating weird looking bulges amplified by a too-tight dress.”
Nikki felt so terrible about her body in that moment she refused to take her coat off and sat through the whole dinner with her arms wrapped tightly around her stomach.
She added: “I came home feeling disappointed and not in control of my own body. I decided I wouldn’t spend another second feeling uncomfortable and miserable, that I would never ever wear a pair of Spanx again and that I would never rely on a dress to make me feel good about myself.”
The next day, Nikki posted her very first “fitness” Instagram picture, and has been posting every day ever since.
One of her most recent posts shows her body transformation aged 34 to 36.
But when many of her followers have asked about her diet and weight loss plan, Nikki’s answer is, “there’s nothing really to tell”.
On one reply she wrote: “I don’t follow a plan, I don’t count anything (not macros not calories) I don’t try to cut out food groups or stop eating carbs after 5pm. I don’t do intermittent fasting or flexible dieting or even clean eating.”
Nikki revealed she eats cake “more days than not”, still drinks prosecco and loves a takeaway.
The difference between the before and after picture, Nikki says, is not what those foods do to her body, but what they do to her head.
She wrote alongside the post: “Two years ago eating sweets and takeaways and junk all day would send me into a downward spiral of feeling bad about myself. All that yummy food would actually fuel my EXCUSES to quit exercise, to not bother balancing the treats out with nutritious alternatives. Now, these same foods (and my passion for them) fuel my AMBITION to condition my body.
“If a day happens where I binge eat cake and a tub of butter, I leave it at just that – I day that happened. It doesn’t de-rail my goals like is used to, I don’t see it as a reason to give up but a reason to continue.
“I don’t workout out of guilt – I workout to be GUILT FREE.”
To get into shape, Nikki has been using Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide at home for the last two years.
She wrote: “It’s a killer workout program but it’s easy to modify, needs minimal space and equipment – so it’s perfect for a stay at home mum. I generally workout for 28 mins in my living room with my (now) 2-year-old and it just works for me. I’ve definitely grown a huge amount in confidence and now I change up the workouts, add weights or resistance bands, push myself to try new variations of common exercises to keep things interesting and keep my body guessing.”
Nikki started increasing the amount of food she was eating by having between three and five smaller meals every day, but while she doesn’t keep track of calories, she does try to avoid “eating mindlessly” and checks she’s had a good balance of food for the day.
She continued: “In turn my weight has steadily increased over the last 18 months back up to my start weight of 63kg but my body composition is entirely different and so is my body shape.”
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