How to lose two stone in 100 days (according to a woman who's done it)
A woman has lost over two stone in just 100 days by cutting four things from her diet.
Meet Marga Banaga. Like many of us, Marga’s New Year’s resolution this year was to lose weight.
According to a poll by Comres vowing to lose weight is the second most common New Year’s resolution with a third of us setting ourselves a weight loss goal.
But unlike the hundreds of people who gave up by the second Friday in January (officially known as Quitters Day), Marga actually kept on track and completely transformed her body in the process.
Taking to Instagram, the 25-year-old from Manila shared her before and after pictures to illustrate her body journey.
* edit that's supposed to say April 22!!!!!! Tamad to fix hahaha * I did it!!!! I survived 100 days of eating clean and trying to workout everyday! Never really had a cheat day ( but would find healthier alternatives to something if I was craving it and would still stay in my allotted calorie intake ) 100 days of no alcohol and no meat. 100 days of finding time to workout almost everyday. 100 days of not giving in to food temptations. Now that the 100 days are over, I need to challenge myself even more. Thinking of counting my macros so I can get all the nutrients I need and I'm thinking of lifting weights already! Need to push myself even more!! Can't wait to share my 100 day vlog journey with you guys this week!!
A post shared by Marga Banaga (@margabanaga) on Apr 21, 2018 at 6:00pm PDT
“I did it!!!! I survived 100 days of eating clean and trying to workout everyday!” she wrote in the accompanying caption.
Over the course of her transformation challenge, Marga lost an impressive 13kg by ditching just four things from her diet – alcohol, meat, cheese and sweets.
“100 days of no alcohol and no meat. 100 days of finding time to workout almost everyday. 100 days of not giving in to food temptations,” she explained in her Instagram post.
Exercise and fitness was also important and Magda also tried to work out every day and became a dab hand at meal planning, which she credits for helping her to avoid healthy choices.
“Never really had a cheat day (but would find healthier alternatives to something if I was craving it and would still stay in my allotted calorie intake),” she wrote.
You won't always be motivated so you must learn to be disciplined. Swipe to see what I'm talking about. Second photo was taken in January of 2018 , Roughly 3 months ago. I remember looking at this photo and feeling so disappointed. Looking back at it reminds me of how I once felt about myself. Insecure, unhealthy, and basically not in control of my life. Fast forward to now, where I finally know how to control my binge eating tendencies, where I actually have the confidence to pose in front of a camera ( I'm super shy ), where I actually feel like I found myself again. Aside from wanting to lose the pounds to look good and to be healthier, it was more of getting into a space of finally learning to love myself that I'm most happy about. I felt that since I wasn't happy with myself, it affected other things such as my relationship with family and friends, my work ethic, my mood, etc. To all those that message me saying that I inspire them, hehe thank youuu!! Coz you push me to work harder everyday and to not go back to where I was 3 months ago. As I always say, all you have to do is start. Take it one day at a time! You got this
A post shared by Marga Banaga (@margabanaga) on Apr 24, 2018 at 6:08pm PDT
Magda also decided to document her health and fitness journey on her YouTube channel, with the video racking up more than 12,000 views.
She says it was feeling unconfident about her body that prompted her to start the 100 days of healthy eating.
“I was really not happy with the way I looked, but more importantly the way I felt,” she says in her YouTube video.
“So I knew I really had to make a change.”
She admitted to trying to do the 100 day challenge last year, but was lacking the motivation she has now.
“I said in my mind, January 15 is the day I change my life, it will be the day I start living a healthy lifestyle, working out, being more positive and meditating,” she explained.
Same top a few weeks apart. ( Ang dumi ng Salamin haha sorry! ) Hoping my dad will be able to recover my files today
A post shared by Marga Banaga (@margabanaga) on Apr 18, 2018 at 7:32pm PDT
Marga also reveals some of the staples in her 100 day diet included fruit, fish, vegetables, quinoa and overnight oats.
She realised early on that intermittent fasting didn’t work for her, so she made the decision to listen to her body, only eat when hungry and not eat past 6pm.
Although she achieved her goals Marga admits it wasn’t always easy and there were days when she felt like giving up, but somehow found the motivation to keep going.
Day 67 proved particularly tricky as her brother suddenly passed away and unsurprisingly she explained that she hadn’t been working out or eating for a couple of days.
Ate Joy helped me prepare my food today ❤️ ( she overdid the carbs a bit but that's okay haha ) Week 13 meal prep! Grilled tanigue with quinoa fried rice ( used liquid aminos as my soy sauce ), multigrain pancakes ( got the mix from @realfoodph ) and @earthdesserts vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies ( for days I deserve it hehe but maximum of 2 pieces a day )
A post shared by Marga Banaga (@margabanaga) on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:18pm PDT
Eventually though, Marga was able to overcome her grief to get back on track and went on to successfully complete the 100 day challenge.
That doesn’t mean she’s going back to her old regime though as Marga admits to feeling addicted to her new healthy lifestyle.
“Now that the 100 days are over, I need to challenge myself even more,” she writes in her Instagram post. “Thinking of counting my macros so I can get all the nutrients I need and I’m thinking of lifting weights already! Need to push myself even more!!”
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