Weight gain story from @Miss_udeee
Despite having a quick metabolism Gigi done what she needed to do to overcome it and start her journey to put on some pounds with some evident positive progress both on the scale and off it.
What led you to want to make a lifestyle change?
Ever since I was younger, I’ve always been skinny, but I was never dissatisfied with my look. Almost everyone said I should go into modeling but I never took a step to pursue it. As I always got compliments, I felt even better about myself. However, last year, I came across some fitness pages on Instagram and saw some amazing transformation pictures. Seeing those pictures made me want to look different. I wasn’t sure what kind of exercises I needed to do in order to transform my body. I started by looking up YouTube videos, did running and random home workouts I saw on the internet. I did all that from August 2016 – October 2016. I didn’t see any changes in my body. I thought to myself, “there’s definitely something I’m not doing right”.
What did you do to achieve your results? Tell us about your workout routine do you prefer gym or home workouts?
So, I did more research, looked for more workouts and types of food that would help my body build. After gathering all that knowledge, in January 2017, I went to the gym and signed up. Honestly, signing up at the gym was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. It’s been 6 months since I started working out at the gym, though I took some rest in between and was barely consistent at some point, it is evident that I’m definitely on the right track to my body goals. Looking at my BEFORE and AFTER, I’m so overwhelmed with joy that my diet and exercises are working.
What was your starting weight/dress size? What is your current weight/dress size?
I used to weigh 118 pounds but right now I’m 126 pounds. I’m not at my dream weight, but I’m getting there.
What was the hardest part about your transformation? How did you overcome it?
The hardest part of this journey was remaining consistent and trying to maintain my extra calories intake. Because of my quick metabolism, I would see myself struggling to add a pound one week, and lose a pound the following week. I had to overcome it by telling myself “eat, or else all the effort you put at the beginning will be in vain.”
How have things changed with you in general (health, relationships, self)?
Since I’ve been gaining at the right places, shopping became even more fun. Trying on clothes and seeing my shape popping out.
How did you change your eating habits?
If you’re looking into adding weight, proper diet is needed as well. You need to eat more and eat right. I don’t mean eat 10 times a day, You can eat your regular 3 meals/day, but make sure it has just enough calories and right amount of protein and you’re good to go. I became more conscious of what I ate. For breakfast, I tried to eat as much as 700 calories. In cases whereby I’m too overwhelmed to eat, I make smoothies with enough calories to make up for my daily calorie intake. I tried not to skip breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It takes a lot of discipline.
What might we catch you doing on your days off?
On my days off, you would catch me doing arm exercises with a dumbbell while watching makeup videos on YouTube
What piece of advice would you give other women looking to start on their own lifestyle change/fitness journey?
If you have the same body type as me and want to gain at the right places, my advice to you is don’t do home workouts. To me, home workouts are for maintenance, but if you want drastic change like losing or adding weight, go to the gym. You need to go all the way, use various equipment and lift heavy depending on your goal. Until I started lifting heavy, I started seeing results.
Everyone has different opinion towards home workouts, this is just my own opinion. I only do home workouts to maintain my build when I decide to take several days off from the gym.
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