Destiny Amaka is an actress, TV presenter and Radio girl on Cool FM Lagos; and philantropist. Her weightloss pictures surfaced on social media platforms in 2016 where her body change was met with much criticism from some and congratulatory comments from fans. She shares with us her weightloss journey from a bad break up to fit and fabulous.
Tell us how your fitness journey started.
My name is Destiny Amaka I’ve been in the entertainment industry my entire life from acting, modelling, TV radio presenter, producer and so forth. As you know image is everything in this industry and confidence has a lot to do with how you look and feel about yourself. I wasn’t happy with how I looked or felt; I had constant back and knee pain, loss of energy and didn’t like the fact that food controlled my life. Also I wasn’t happy with how I was being constantly objectified by men who where in awe of my unique figure, large hips and small waist. I felt I had more to offer but I found it difficult to have them look past that. I’ve tried as long as I know to lose weight which isn’t the difficult part, as keeping it off was the real challenge.
During a bad break up, my body did something its never done before; and that was a loss of appetite. I lost a drastic amount of weight during this short time (6 weeks) and when my appetite returned I realised portion control would be the success to maintaining the weight loss and so I began to eat what I wanted but in smaller portions and slowly very slowly replace certain types of food like rice for boiled plantain, beans, and more protein rich foods. For the first time the gm didn’t play a major role. I would weigh myself on sundays in preparation for the week ahead and I would determine how tight I needed to be or how much space I had to be free with food choices. My goal was to get to 70kg from 89kg; and as long as I didn’t gain additional weight, I was ok with just work ing on going down, keeping track and working harder or smarter on the next week. I ate what I wanted but at smaller portions. So where I used to finish a whole box of pizza I would only have 2 slices and then another two hours later; also, if I eat out I wouldn’t finish my plate and I’d always have a doggy bag. This became a habit and I looked forward to having the other half when I returned home or for the next day.
How long did your transformation take?
How have people taken to your weightloss?
Friends family all feel its too much but they will have to adapt and get used to it because I love how I look and feel in clothes and my health is so much better; and I sleep better too!
How have things changed with you in general?
Self love has maximised (I agree its a shame I had to lose weight for that to happen) but I feel amazing confident and love love love dressing up!
Who or what helped you along your journey?
What might we catch you doing on your days off?
Eating, sleeping, reading, listening to music at a high volume and cooking. I love looking for healthier recipes of our local African delicacies.
I had to have a conversation with myself and in that I discovered that I was happy and loving the slimmer me and wanted to continue with this new lifestyle. I stopped posting gym pictures of me so to avoid trolls online and just decided to enjoy my life as long
What piece of advice would you give other women looking to start on their own lifestyle change/fitness journey?
Educate yourself on food. Understand what food does to your body, Dont stop take it slow and gentle push yourself and get back on it even if your over eat forget to work out just get back on it. weigh yourself on sunday and get your mind and body ready to hit your target for that week. even if its as small as 1or 2kg per week. just don’t gain.