10 Brutal Diet Tips They Don't Tell You

10 Brutal Diet Tips They Don't Tell You

Here's some brutal truths to know throughout your weight loss journey.
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It may be February, but the season for New Years Resolutions is still going on and for most people, that resolution is either to lose weight or to eat healthier. While reading up on the latest diet trends may seem like a good idea, most people have no idea what they're doing when it comes to dieting. So sit down and buckle up bitches, because I'm about to spill the tea on the real dieting truths.

1. Pick a diet you can actually live by

Yes, being vegan may sound awesome to begin with, but by your fourth Arby's commercial, you're gonna start losing your mind. Yes, it may be fun to go straight Paleo, until it kicks in that you don't have the time to prep and cook your own food. Going from 0 to Keto may be fun for a quick second until you realize almonds are $20 a pack and you only have a $40 budget. My point? Pick something you know you can actually live off of. If you can't afford it, don't do it. There are plenty of ways to get healthy without breaking the bank. If you know coffee is a primary part of your life, don't force yourself to quit. If you can't live without meat, pasta, chocolate, etc. It's only a little bit of time before you break down and ruin your diet.

Pick something like Weight Watchers or the Atkins diet during your busier, more stressful semester, and maybe leave the vegetarian/vegan/Paleo/Keto diet for summer when you have the time.

Despite the diet, also make sure you give yourself a break. Not necessarily a cheat day but a cheat meal once a week isn't going to do much harm. For example, Swedish fish are my weakness, and by allowing myself a small portion of them on a Saturday during math homework, I’m doing myself a solid and staying sane.

2. Buy what you’ll eat

I fucking hate zucchini, I hate everything about it. So you’ll never see me eat zucchini even though it’s a 21st-century vegan “superfood." I don’t like it, which means I’m not going to fuss around making zucchini noodles, zucchini brownies, or anything else zucchini related. I’m not going to spend precious money on that goddamn vegetable, and if you don’t like something, you shouldn’t have to either. If you hate salads, skip the traditional salad and go for the soup, the fish, or a non-traditional salad. You don’t have to suffer for this to work.

3. Buying it won’t make you actually do it

Take it from someone who loves meditation and procrastination, it doesn’t matter how many fancy recipes you pin, or fitness Instas you make. It doesn’t matter how many smoothies you “plan” to create with that huge bag of frozen fruit stuck in your freezer for half the semester. It doesn’t matter how many appliances or diet you plan to get, you’re not getting anything done by planning it all out. If you’re not doing it, nothing’s gonna happen. Unless you’re making a smoothie for breakfast every day with that new appliance and you’ve already done it for a week, guess what sweetie, nothing’s gonna change. If you want change, you gotta do it.

4. For the first two weeks, you’re gonna be bffs with your toilet.

Haha, yeah I found this one out the hard way. When you suddenly add fiber to your diet, eat a lot of fruit and veg, or drink more water, your digestive system gets a huge wake-up call. For the first week, I'd recommend taking it slow, make sure you're always somewhere where there's a bathroom or at least a toilet. Also, make sure to gradually increase your water intake, otherwise you'll be missing 80% of class by always going to the toilet. Trust this girl, you don't want to be missing a lab because of a new kind of enrichment.

5. Do your research before trying anything, because most of the time, it’s all B.S.

There's a hell of a ton of health myths out there that many people believe in, and most of the time it's just like any fad diet: it's all B.S. Here's a short list of my favorite busted diet myths:

*You cannot detox your body with water and fruit, it’s impossible and super bad for you. Google it.

*Most of the time, “superfoods” are just regular healthy foods with an extra 0 added to the price tag.

*A crash diet won’t make you lose weight, it’ll starve you for a couple of days and make you gain weight when you go off of it.

There is no diet pill, no magic trick, no "Accio weight loss" that will make you lose weight instantly, okay? So save the $30 on those Amazon Prime "weight loss" capsules of crap, and put it towards something that will work, like some freaking fresh salmon.

6. If you’re gonna just diet, give it some patience.

Just like anything else, practice makes perfect, but it also takes time. Ever see those 30-day abs images on Pinterest? There's a reason it takes 30 days to get to those abs. It's not going to happen overnight, and it might not even happen within one week. There's no need to get frustrated sweetheart, you will get there, okay? Sometimes it's the diet, sometimes it's the amount of activity you get, sometimes it's something else that might be causing the weight to stay on. This is why it's super important to let your primary care physician know before you take on a big weight loss challenge.

I'll give you a real example: I take medication that makes it hard for me to lose weight, my diet isn't great, and I workout twice a week on average and take the bus to class.

Here's how we can help this situation: Keep taking the medication but discuss other options with my doctor, improve my diet with meal prep (it works best with my schedule) and snack on fruit and veg, try to workout three to four times a week and walk to class. Will this help with weight loss? Heck yes it will. Will it change overnight? Nope, but weight loss is all about persistence, and if you really want it, YOU WILL GET THERE!

7. If you are gonna diet and go to the gym, make sure you know the right way to workout

Most of the time when you go to the gym, you gain muscle. Muscle adds numbers to the scale, we wanna lose weight not go insane. So if you're new to the gym, go up and ask someone who works there, because they usually know exactly the kind of exercise you need. If the gym makes you nervous, there a bazillion other ways to workout without the anxiety attack. Go on Pinterest and find exercises that target your abs or your butt. Go to YouTube some of my favorite channels are Blogilates, Rebecca-Louise, or POP-SUGAR Fitness

8. For the love of all things good, get yourself a decent scale

Please do this, for the love of sweet Swedish fish, do yourself a huge solid and get a good scale. I was using a cheap, old thing for years and it was telling me I was 10 pounds bigger than I actually was. Skip the confusion and hurt and go get your butt a nice one. You can find a list of decent scales right here.

9. Actually, read the labels

Calorie counting is all fun and good, but if you read the labels of your favorite health foods, you might be surprised how much fat, sugar, and sodium is in everything. Want a good kick starter to being healthy? Water is your soulmate, carbs aren't the enemy, avocados actually have a lot of fat, sodium is everywhere, and cut out as much high fructose corn syrup as possible. That shit is the biggest cancer in your weight loss journey.

10. Don’t lose weight if you don’t want to

I don’t give a flying Swedish fish who else wants you to lose weight. It could be your parents, your friends, your significant other, heck it could be your doctor. See, I’m supposed to tell you to lose weight and suck it up and eat that shitty salad because you’ll be so beautiful blah blah blah. Look, if your heart isn’t in it, you’re not gonna lose weight. But more importantly, you’re not gonna enjoy your change. You’ll hate working out, and eating awesomely healthy food, and setting goals for yourself. And you shouldn’t, you should find a workout that works for you, you should figure out if zucchini noodles are better than pasta (they’re not, but you get the point), you should see for yourself if this is something you want to dedicate yourself to, on your own.

Here’s the thing buttercup, you should love yourself no matter the size. As someone who has had a weight struggle her entire life, it’s been hard to love myself and accept that I’m a decently wonderful person. If you love yourself the way you are right now, throw up the middle finger to anyone else and love yourself. If you hate the way you are right now, live differently. Because only you can make that change.

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65 Truths College Students Need to Hear Right Now

Truth every college student needs to hear.
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1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

SEE ALSO: 7 Reminders Every College Student Needs To Hear Before The Semester Ends

9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

SEE ALSO: What It's Like To Be A College Student In April

42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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The 4 Js For Your Week

Grab your pencil pouch and pay attention.

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Mindfulness is a virtue. It is one of the reasons I love writing on Odyssey. It forces me to take a step back and look for inspiration in everything throughout my week. I like having the accountability to force my self to really think about what is going on in my life and how I feel about it. Being mindful helps me work on not having such a full mind.

I have always been a note taker. I own more colored pens than you could count and in every shade of every color. It's a passion. I also am an agenda gal. My planner might just be my best friend. I spend time each weekend laying out my week and reflecting on the previous one- all color coded of course.

While working at Camp Glisson over the summer, I spent a lot of time with kids having the best week of their lives. A popular way to get kids to talk about their week was to use the 4 J's. Outpost counselors thrived off of this method and it forced the kids to truly reflect on their time at camp. When starting college, I wanted to do the same thing, so at the bottom of each week I wrote out my 4 Js. Every Monday morning, I think back and write down anything that comes to mind. It has helped encourage me to think, to reflect, to focus, and to spend time focusing on how I'm doing.

Joy

This is your highlight of the week. This is what you liked most, what you enjoyed.

A couple of my Joy's from college: seeing camp friends at Freshley, saw one of my favorite bands perform, Austin came to visit me in Athens, the best night out for my birthday, beach weekend with my friends, an awesome semiformal, getting closer with friends, free food at Tate

No matter how small or how little, the joys in your life matter, and you should acknowledge them. You should go about each week with the mindset of waiting for something amazing to happen. It keeps you looking out for something worthy of the pink pen. It's important.

Junk

These suck. These are the bad things. These are the things you hate about your week, your lows. Even though it's not as fun to talk about, we all have our bad days and those are worth reflecting over too. It's how you overcome them. It's how you move past them. It's how you improve.

Some of my rough moments: my friends fighting with one another, drama, my friends leaving to go home for the weekend, a boy screwing over my best friends, forgetting about an assignment, midterms, sleeping in the study room, a bad grade on a Spanish quiz, being sick (yes it's been 4 months since I was healthy), a dawg loss (shhh we don't actually acknowledge it happened), general stress, etc

Big or small: shit happens. We forget about it. We move past the one bad grade that doesn't actually control our future and we make up with our friends who made us mad on our off day. The worst days are only 24 hours anyway.

Jesus

This one is my favorite. This is where you saw Jesus in your life during the week. It can be big or small. It doesn't have to be in a church. It can be anywhere in any aspect of life. It is important to see these. To be mindful so that you can be looking for Him. Acknowledging where the Lord is acting in your life is essential to him acting in it.

Some really cool places I've seen Him: in DZ bible studies and the community that fills them, in daily devotions that speak too close to home, in the BYX boys leading us in small group, in getting a good grade I prayed too hard for the night before (I got a 100 thx Jesus), in the message at freshley that showed me my worth, in my friendships with people who show the Lord's love to me, through the change in seasons, through North Campus in the fall, through answered prayers, through the life change that took place in Russell Hall and Delta Zeta.

The Lord is everywhere if you open your eyes to look. See him in people. See him in places. See him in experiences. That comforting feeling he brings is present outside of your pew.

Jelly

This is where you embarrass yourself and your friends. This is the funniest part of your week. This is where something crazy happened. This is where you felt like you got abs from laughing too hard.

I wore crocs downtown. I went out with my parents. My dad sang every word of Usher songs no one knew he knew. A crazy man came on campus to inform all the girls that "It is hot. Don't be a thot." Charles had to look up what "a hat without a top" is because he didn't know the word for visor. I almost got hit by a car at a crosswalk. One of my friends balanced a pizza box, a bowl, and who knows what on someone sleeping who didn't notice. I went on a date night and my date answered the phone "is this big sexy?" (referring to one of his friend's nicknames) but it was actually Papa Johns.

Life is a trip. Being able to laugh at yourself sporting 12 jibits on your crocs daily and falling down the huge staircase in MLC in front of everyone is just part of it. Keep a note of the funniest parts of your weeks because these will be the memories you want to keep track of and look back on in a couple months.

That it. Those are the 4 J's of my weeks. The 4 J's that encourage me to make sense of what's going on and to embrace it. Here's to the colored pens that keep track of everything I would normally forget in a few days. Here's to the memories that flood mindfulness. Here's to being aware of what is affecting your life and why it's important. Here's to the 4 J's.

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