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Dinishe Wijeyawickrema’s 5 Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle

Tips from one of Colombo's top trainers who knows all too well that the #struggleisreal.

Chathuranga Perera

Dinishe Wijeyawickrema tells Cosmo about her inspiring journey and her top tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Her story

I’ve lost close to 20kg, dropping from 70kg to 52kg. It took me a year to lose the weight, but it’s always an ongoing process. It has become second nature for me to make healthy choices. Working out is a form of release. I alternate between high impact cardio and resistance workouts, or circuits that incorporate both aspects.

I definitely feel like I can relate better to my clients because I’ve been in the same position as them, and faced the same physical and mental hurdles they’re going through.

Nutrition is key

Fitness is 80% diet and 20% exercise. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Most people will say: “Yeah, I can eat this piece of cake and work it off later in the day,” but it doesn’t work that way. It takes three to four days for that cake to show on the scale! You can’t half-ass your nutrition and expect to lose weight or get fit. Your diet (i.e. your nutrition) needs to be sustainable. Crash diets and depriving yourself are not permanent solutions!

Don’t be afraid to try new things

People tend to be reluctant to stray out of their comfort zones. For example, I’ve found a lot of fear and negative connotations attached to high impact workouts due to the misconception that it can lead to injuries. But in reality, it’s one of the most effective ways to get fit and lose weight, and it’s great for building muscle strength.

Be confident

It’s great to look in the mirror and be genuinely happy with what you see without having to worry about covering up, or not looking good in clothes. I’m no longer timid and my self-confidence has increased tenfold.

Don’t postpone!

If getting fit was easy, everybody would be doing it and getting results instantly. There’s no point sugar-coating it—getting fit is definitely challenging, but it’s also very rewarding. You need to be mentally prepared to accept the fact that it’s not going to be smooth sailing all the time.

Don’t punish yourself when you mess up!

You’re only human—you’re bound to binge or fall off track at some point! My theory is that what is done, is done; you need to let it go, move on and start again. We all need to refocus from time to time. Just remind yourself of why you started and why it’s important to you.

This article was originally published as ‘Real Life Inspo: Finding My Way To Fit And Fab’ in the March 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. To read the whole article, subscribe now and get a free March issue.

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