Since starting at university I've consistently tried to crack the fitness and diet bug time and time again; I've even bashed out a few blog posts over the years (see here & here) on getting my act together or hopping on the bandwagon. In all honesty, I had a whole post planned on fad diets and 'What Happens When A Diet Doesn't Work' (which you may still see in the next few weeks) but first, I want to talk about health.
After graduating this summer, I've lost around two stone, dropped nearly two jean sizes and slowly but surely my self- confidence is building. Through being aware of foods that don't agree with me and reducing portion sizes the pounds are falling off but I know that food is only half the story when it comes to weight loss. I haven't always hated exercise, in fact, I danced multiple times a week as a child along with dancing in shows and fetes in my spare time for years. Although anyone who knew me in high school could probably testify, you would never EVER see me in P.E class (perhaps five times a term) and into my twenties, I've fully embraced the student lifestyle of takeaway and lounging on the sofa with my laptop all day.
A few factors have made me look at my health from a new perspective; for one I developed IIH (idiopathic intracranial hypertension) which presents itself as a fake 'tumour' in your brain. Brain's are surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid to protect them from injury, filter waste and provide nourishment, however with IIH there is too much fluid and a high pressure builds up. Symptoms can include severe headache's, photophobia, pulsatile tinnitus and vision loss, along with more. Even though it's only lightly been researched into, Doctors have found in the majority of cases the cause is being overweight. A good lifestyle of healthy eating, exercise and significant weight loss along with medication is the main treatment for IIH (for more information click here). After my diagnosis, I knew my unhealthy student lifestyle had to go, and so after trying and searching through my fair share of diets, I turned to Results with Lucy.