The Girl Next Door’s Guide to Losing Weight

Losing weight with meal replacement shakes

I’ve always had a fitness goal in mind and it has always revolved around ‘How good i feel about myself’, ‘How much energy I have’ and ‘how much I weigh’. I know a lot of you will disagree about the third point because really weight shouldn’t be a parameter when measuring fitness as we all know muscle weighs more and the rest of it. However, when you are as tall as I am 5’8” you do want to keep your weight down. I am not a professional when it comes to fitness and diet, nor do I spend hours daily in the gym, also, I don’t eat right all the time so I thought this piece on my blog should be titled, ‘the girl next door’s guide to losing weight’ because its not coming from a professional, it’s just simple lifestyle changes I made that have helped me and I feel can help you too, so here we go.

Who am I

I am a working mum, a part time blogger and a passionate runner.

How much do I weigh

I am 173 cm tall and I weigh around 138 pounds, my goal weight is 130 pounds.

What does my food day look like

I have a very addictive breakfast personality, once I get hooked on to a particular type of breakfast, I stay on it for months sometimes years and I don’t get bored haha. So at the moment my everyday breakfast looks like this.

Breakfast : Shake from Herbalife US/ Herbalife UK [ 400ml of Soy Milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop of Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix from Herbalife and sometimes a tea spoon of decaf coffee]

Prep Time: <2 minutes

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I’m often asked: Are Meal replacement shakes filling enough?

Yes, yes yes! I cannot emphasise enough, the Herbalife meal replacement shakes are very filling. I have my breakfast between 8:30-9:00 am and I don’t feel hungry until about 12:30 and coming from me this is definitely a good time because I used to be ‘I want a snack’ every half an hour kind of girl. My tip however would be not to rush through the drink, take small sips as it tricks your brain to believe you’ve had lots of eat/drink as you’ve stretched the duration of your breakfast.

My breakfast normally gets me through the morning and as I normally have very busy mornings I don’t have the time to think about more food, having said that I always have a backup snack for those just in case moments because remember this is your girl next door and she may need a snack haha.

Snack: Carrots and Hummus | Yogurt pot | Peanut butter on crackers

Prep Time: <1 minute because I don’t make my hummus.

girl next door's guide to losing weight

Lunch: Shake from Herbalife [ 400ml of Soy Milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop of Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix from Herbalife Meal Replacement Shake, handful of frozen berries or tropical fruits whizzed together]

Dinner: We generally have dinner very early (early as per Indian standards) between 5:30 -6:30 pm. A typical dinner in the Bircher House is:

  • Steamed veg with Pasta
  • Steamed veg with vegetable sausages and boiled eggs
  • Avocado and Egg sandwich
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Thai Curry with steamed rice
  • Or sometimes just beans, toast and fried eggs

My cooking does not require a lot of effort and more or less we eat healthy. There’s no added salt in the food I cook and I do try to limit the amount of oil I use.

Pudding: I know this is very naughty but we do have a pudding every night and it may just be a small bar of chocolate that we share or a slice of cheese cake or apple pie but there is always a pudding after dinner. I’ll be honest with you by the end of the day I do actually feel like I have earned it lol but I am not recommending having a pudding every night haha.

I’m often asked: How to Start Meal Replacement Regime

I have been asked this question a lot, I don’t think there is a straight forward answer to this. My suggestion would be to start with replacing just one meal, preferably breakfast and let your body get used to it. you will be surprised by how quickly your body adapts to good changes. Also you’ll be surprised to know that the amount of food we normally eat is so much more than the amount of food we actually need. Replacing my meals has given me a big realisation of that.

My Weekly Workout

I typically workout 4 times a week. This involves a 3-6 mile run or doing a high intensity 30 minute session. I do try and go out for short 30-40 minute walks on days when I am not doing a high intensity session. My suggestion is find something that you enjoy doing whether it is the gym, running, or just high intensity sessions at home and then be consistent. If you don’t know what you love most then just try a bit of everything and keep trying till you know what you do and don’t like.

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My Top Tips

From having gained 13 kilos during pregnancy and then losing it I have learnt a few lessons and while I know weight gain during pregnancy is an inevitable and natural process, losing it is more or less just as hard as it is with a non pregnancy driven weight gain. So here are my top tips:

  • Make a lifestyle change, have a think about the one worst food or lifestyle habit and change it. Example, make it a point to always take the stairs
  • Remove or lower the amount of daily salt consumption
  • Eat your dinner early
  • Set a daily, weekly and monthly fitness goal. A daily goal could be as simple as ‘ I will not snack today’ or ‘ I will workout today regardless of what the weather is’

I hope you found this piece useful. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment below or send me a message on any of my social media channels.



Snigdha xx

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  1. Devasena Inupakutika
    July 23, 2018 / 1:05 am

    Very useful post Snigdha! (y)

    • Snigdha Parijat
      July 23, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much Devsena, I’m so glad to see you read my blog and liked this one. xx

  2. Supriya
    July 23, 2018 / 9:30 am

    First of all, love the title….and every bit of it… tips are very useful will surely try to implement in future…. and one thing above all … you are super dedicated and determined to achieve anything you want… though itโ€™s weight loss or ur any dream… everyone should learn that from you….

    • Snigdha Parijat
      July 23, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Supriya, thank you so much for always encouraging me and being such a positive influence in my life.I’m so glad you loved the post xx

  3. Deepika
    July 23, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Really loved the content and the way you have articulated. Your title is so eye catchy which made me to read entire blog. You are awesome my girl and I am proud to be your friend. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Snigdha Parijat
      July 23, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Deepika. I am so happy you liked it, yes I had to title the post correctly because I really want people to know that its just a girl next door’s simple ideas. Love you lots and thank you for your love and support always xx

  4. Astha mishra
    July 23, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    So inspiring, well written… just wanted to know what could be done instead of the meal replacements…are they a necessity when loosing weight..?

    • Snigdha Parijat
      July 29, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Hi Astha, Thanks and sorry for the delay in responding. I think the main thing that meal replacement has done for me is regulating the amount of calories I take in. You’ll be surprised to know the difference between how much we eat as opposed to how much we actually need to eat. So replacing my meals with shakes has given me an effortless balance which is why I cannot recommend it enough. Hope this helps. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. July 23, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Lots of encouragement there… thanks for sharing ๐Ÿค—

    • Snigdha Parijat
      July 29, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Thanks Adi for your support ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. avneet kaur
    August 2, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Great stuff snigdha…i am going to try the meal replacements for sure.๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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