Disclaimer: Please read with caution. Her Campus BC does not promote dieting, restrictive eating, or excessive exercising. This opinion piece is supposed to be reflective and not promotional. Thank you for your understanding.
At the beginning of April, a friend and I were extremely motivated to stay fit for the rest of the year. We were counting our calories and going to the Plex, but we needed to take it to the next level. I got back to my room one night and looked up the lifestyle of some models. After a lot of research, I found that models stick to a strict diet, they are assigned rigorous workouts, and they are graced with ridiculously good genes. Although I had to work around the genes part, I was determined to give their workouts and diet a try.
My friend and I immediately met up and planned out our two-week difficult journey. We made a schedule with the times we would go to the Plex and when we would eat, and let me tell you, it was not going to be easy. With 5:30 AM alarms and food that made you miss even the worst Mac foods, I knew that each day was going to be a struggle. The schedule was made for 2 weeks… we made it through a day and a half.
We woke up at 5:30 am and were at the Plex by 6:05 am. On this day, we were motivated and couldn’t wait to start out 1-hour workout. Our workout consisted of 1 hour on the treadmill at a 14% incline and speed of 3.5 mph. This proved to be very hard, and quite long, but the results were incredible. We also added in an ab workout, Owen’s Ab Workout, that we respectfully gave the abbreviation of OAWO. It felt amazing to burn that many calories, and we were excited to have our hearty breakfast. We made our way to Mac and ordered our plain egg white omelet (not even cheese), 1/3 cup of plain oatmeal, and half of a banana. Yes that’s right, half of a banana, not a full banana, because god forbid you eat a whole banana. This breakfast was actually quite filling, and I would actually recommend to eat it on a normal day (except give yourself some cheese).
We went to our classes and at 10:30, we ate a cup of Greek yogurt and a cup of blueberries. This too was very filling, but this sense of fullness was about to end. For lunch, we had a very disappointing bowl of vegetables and grilled chicken, not a salad, just vegetables. I had never been so sad to eat before. Then we were able to have a piece of fruit for a snack; I chose an apple. By time 4 o’clock rolled around, we were so hungry we were literally counting down the minutes until dinner. For dinner according to this diet plan, was a piece of grilled chicken and vegetables; pretty much the same as lunch. After counting the calories, we were only eating a little over 1200 calories a day. I went to bed hungry, and I also went to bed sad.
The next day we decided we would sleep in and go to the Plex later in the day, already breaking off from our schedule. We both ate the same breakfast, had the same snack, the same lunch, and then it was time for the Plex. We were feeling good, but I began to have doubts about this schedule. While at the Plex, we came to the realization that we were so unhappy with what we were eating. As we were approaching dinner time, we decided that we would put an end to our schedule and eat what we wanted to eat.
I later ordered sushi that had never tasted so good, and indulged in a Georgetown Cupcake. After my extremely large meal, I was feeling on top of the world. I was free.
As you can see, I do NOT have what it takes to be a model. This diet is extremely difficult, and order to get the results desired, you have to stick strictly to the diet and workouts. It’s also important to know that it isn’t fun, and it makes you sad. If you feel a desire to attempt this even after my less than enthusiastic description of my attempt at this schedule, please let me know when you start to hate yourself for starting it so I can tell you I told you so.