23-year-old Masters pupil Andie Eakin informed RSVP Dwell how she needs to point out that weight reduction doesn’t should be “restrictive” after she misplaced 20kg within the final yr.
“In the course of the first lockdown I placed on a few stone, and I bought to some extent the place I used to be like I don’t need to reside my life like this anymore and it simply motivated me to get began and alter my way of life,” Andie defined.
Monaghan native Andie started her weight reduction journey regularly in Might 2020, and started by slicing out excessively unhealthy meals akin to fizzy drinks, biscuits and chocolate. She then went on to start out exercising with each day walks.
“I hadn’t a clue, I used to be by no means into health earlier than and it was by no means one thing I used to be excited about,” stated Andie. “So at first I used to be simply making an attempt to eat more healthy and go on walks, after which I began skipping as properly, as a result of it’s a very good type of cardio you may simply do at dwelling with a skipping rope.”
She added: “Then I began to devour extra content material about weight reduction, so issues like TikToks and following individuals on Instagram and thru that I discovered extra about what you really have to do to drop a few pounds.”
Andie then discovered about how weight loss labored and the way regardless of consuming “wholesome” chances are you’ll not lose any weight in any respect, except you’re in a calorie deficit.
“As soon as I understood that, it actually began to work for me,” stated Andie. “I didn’t need to do an in a single day change as a result of for those who change your complete way of life in a single day you’re simply not going to stay to it.”
She continued: “I needed my weight reduction to be gradual and sustainable – I don’t need to simply drop a great deal of weight after which put it again on and I additionally don’t need to be depressing. Should you limit your self and simply eat actually low energy you’re simply going to be depressing. You may be pleased with the outcomes however on the finish of the day it simply isn’t going to be sustainable.”
To start with, Andie aimed to lose two stone, however has now gone on to lose a whopping three. It took her a yr however she’s blissful she managed to do it in a approach that stored her blissful and healthy.
Since her weight reduction transformation, Andie now makes use of TikTok to advertise sustainable and gradual weight reduction.
“Folks all the time requested me ‘oh, how did you drop a few pounds?’ and I feel everybody assumed I used to be on a very strict eating regimen after I wasn’t, I used to be consuming a balanced eating regimen and daily I might have a deal with,” stated Andie. “Even one thing so simple as a Freddo bar – it was a deal with, I really like chocolate, however it was inside my energy.
“I needed to point out individuals they didn’t have to eat a restrictive eating regimen and I used to be a main instance of that. I needed individuals to see that you could eat what you need and nonetheless drop a few pounds.”
Andie’s TikTok, @andie_98_, now has just below two thousand followers and a few of her movies have over 70 thousand views. She lately bought despatched her first PR package deal. “I needed to clarify to my mam the entire idea of PR!”
Andie has now taken a break from weight reduction and is specializing in utilizing exercise to get stronger and have enjoyable.