3 powerful ways to successfully lose weight. (No. 1 is most important)

As soon as the New Year came, my inbox has been filled with losing weight questions so I thought I'd share with you some of my top tips to SUCCESSFULLY lose weight and keep it off.

In order to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to change your lifestyle, the way you think about yourself as a person and eating habits. There's no way around it. Yo-Yo dieting as many women and men do isn't good for your health and as we all know it doesn't work. And why would you want to torture yourself through a horrible diet feeling miserable, then to just keep that weight off for a week or 2 then to gain it all back, feeling like shit again? It's nor fun, healthy or sustainable.

Successful weight loss starts in your head and with your emotions. Change this and you don't have to think about what diet is best for you, it just becomes "normal".

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1. Change the way you think of yourself

This is, without a doubt the MOST important thing you have to do first. RAISE YOUR STANDARDS. Who do you see yourself as? A fat loner? A person who can't lose weight no matter what you try? A goddess? A fabulous fit human being that is unstoppable?

YOU decide what person you want to be!

The main reason why you haven't lost the weight you want to lose is that you see yourself as fat, overweight or an underachiever.

You keep telling yourself:

"I've tried everything, can't lose the weight."

"I've always been fat."

"I'm just big boned, I'm supposed to be fat."

"I always feel hungry when I try to lose the weight."

"Losing weight is hard."

"I don't like to exercise, it's too hard."

"I can't lose those last few pounds."

When you tell yourself these lies, they become true. Stop lying to yourself and start creating the person you want to be - the person you DESERVE to be.

Stop telling your friends and loved ones:

"I look fat in this."

"I feel fat today."

"I'm so bloated today."

"You are so much skinnier than me."

"I wish I could be as skinny as you are."

"You are so much prettier than me."

Stop putting yourself down and raise your personal standards! Cut out the statements above, and start to tell yourself what you are worth and where you want to be.

Start telling yourself things like this (even if it doesn't feel true at the time)

"I feel so healthy and fit today."

"My bum looks great in these jeans."

"I'm excited to work out because it will put me one step closer to my goal weight."

"I feel amazing today."

"I'm so grateful for my body."

"I'm so happy I'm losing the weight and that I can see my body is transforming."

"I'm look amazing and I'm fucking awesome!"

Start saying this to yourself, make yourself excited about your weight loss journey.

Because you can do it.

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2. Create new rituals

Successful weight loss is about doing the little things. Rituals are habits. Change your rituals and you will see dramatic changes.

Do you normally get a caramel frappuccino at Starbucks? Get a normal ice coffee instead.

Do you have crisps with your lunch? Have some carrot and hummus or a banana instead.

Do you get a chocolate bar in the morning? Eat dark chocolate instead.

Do you work out 2 times per week? Work out 3 times.

And so on.

Think of what you do every day, and start changing your rituals one by one.

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3. Think about your health rather than your weight

When most people who start to eat healthily it's just to lose weight. But it does so much more! You're changing your overall health! You are lowering the risk for future diseases. You are becoming a healthier, fresher and more energetic person!

Instead of thinking I'm eating all these vegetables for my dinner because they are low in calories meaning I will be eating fewer calories so I will lose weight.

Think this instead: I'm eating all these nutritious vegetables that will give my body a load of vitamins and minerals meaning it will:

Boost my immune system so I won't become ill.

Give my hair and nails loads of nutrients, meaning, less spots and shiny beautiful hair.

It will be easier for my digestive system to digest, giving me more energy.


When you do this you take the pressure of losing the weight. You stop thinking about calories and you will automatically eat healthy foods because you are focusing on boosting your health. You will be more relaxed, you will feel better about eating all the nutritious food and you will lose the weight. Simple.

Do these 3 steps like it was your religion and I promise you-you don't ever have to search for the optimal diet or ever worrying about your body and weight again. Because you can do whatever you put your mind to because you are an incredible human-being.

Good luck :)

Any questions, comment in the comment section below!

DC x

Hello, 2019! Thoughts about the New Year

Hello, 2019! I honestly don't know where 2018 went. It just came and left.

2018 wasn't my greatest year, although it wasn't my worst either. I travelled, I graduated, I met my boyfriend, he moved in, I made new friendships and I had a good time. But I also felt lost, I felt depressed and learned a lot about myself but still don't know who I actually am. Do you?

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Many many years ago I was diagnosed with depression, although looking back at it and knowing what I know today. I don't believe that is a diagnosis, but we can talk about that another time. But I felt so lost, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, I couldn't get out of bed. I wasn't sad but I started to think about why are we actually here? What's the point? (note: not in a suicidal way) I just couldn't understand why we are all here on this earth to just live and die. Is that it? I'm not a religious person, but I am a spiritual one. None of us knows what's going to happen when we die, which can be both an exciting and scary thought. Some people of believing we will enter a better place, some people think that will be it (I really hope not). But after all these intense deep thoughts about the meaning of life and death, I then came to realise.

We have no idea what we are doing here. It's not just me that have no idea, we all have no idea.

So instead of dwelling on what the meaning of life or what your calling is (creds to them that know) why not just try to make the best of it. Enjoy life, do what you love, don't take everything so seriously (can we please leave that in 2018, jeez).

Life is just how we perceive it. We create our own lives, we are the "God" of our life.

We only get to be in our bodies for a limited time. Should we celebrate that? Shouldn't we only do things that make us happy? Shouldn't we go and create the life we want?

With all that in mind, I've come to some new year resolutions or guidelines I want to live by for this year. As I do have a really good feeling about this year.

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1. Take the pressure off

I think most of us put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We expect too much of ourselves and we are too hard on ourselves if we don't make it. I'm guilty in this. I've cried if I cooked a meal that didn't turn out the way I wanted it to turn out, I talk myself down if I forgot something, I look back at 2018 and kick myself because I didn't achieve what I wanted to achieve. Is this ridiculous? Yes, it is.

This year I want to have the mindset of I just want to see if I can do that, I just want to see if I can buy a new house, I just want to see if I can buy myself a new car, I just want to see if I can make enough money so I can travel the world. If I want it bad enough I will make it happen. If not, not a big deal, try again. As they say, mistakes and failures are one step closer to success.

2. Read, listen and learn

I feel like I'm having some sort of identity crisis. Who is Dina? I tend to change my mind about this all the time. And at the age of 27, I still don't know who I am or what I'm supposed to do. I know I like to help people, make people happy. This is probably one of the main reasons why I became a nutritionist. Helping people with their health is probably one of the most incredible things you can do.

So this year I'm going to educate myself more, read more, listen to audiobooks, watch documentaries. Increase my knowledge so I can better help people and myself.

3. Invest in me

I'm going to put myself first. I always used to do this, but over the years I feel like I've invested more time in people around me. Which is, of course, good and necessary. But a lot of us forget to think about ourselves. How can you help people if you're not happy and healthy? If everyone invested in themselves, loved themselves and looked after themselves, wouldn't the world be a better place?

Do you have any similar New Years Resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

DC x