With all the hot chocolates, baked goods, pumpkin spice lattes and all of the festive menus, how could we not enter treat-mode?
But if you often find yourself feeling a little sluggish towards the end of the year, don’t worry, TikTok has a hack for that.
Enter: the 75 Hotter challenge, which puts a Hot Girl spin on the more extreme 75 Hard challenge that blew up in 2020.
75 Hard, which was said to improve mental toughness among other physical results, consisted of a series of super strict rules such as no alcohol or cheat meals, drinking a gallon of water a day, completing two 45-minute workouts a day and reading 10 pages of non-fiction every single day for 75 days straight.
If you failed at any of these rules, you had to start from day one.
While a number of people did manage to successfully follow 75 Hard, many concluded that the all-or-nothing approach to lifestyle changes, not to mention the extremity of the rules, was unhealthy at best, if not a little toxic.
But the challenge did inspire some softer spin-offs, such as the aptly named 75 Soft challenge, which really dialled back the expectations, and, most recently, the 75 Hotter challenge.
What is 75 Hotter?
75 Hotter was created by TikToker @itsmejadeb, who wants to spend the next 10 weeks before Christmas becoming ‘mind, body, soul hotter’.
She said she followed 75 Hard earlier in the year, but wanted to do something ‘a little bit more me’.
While Jade does suggest prioritising protein and veggies and working out five times a week, 75 Hotter is about way more than health and fitness.
There are multiple rules regarding our social and dating lives, such as number one, which is cutting off toxic people and ‘going no contact’ for the whole 75 days.
But it’s not all burning bridges: Jade also suggests connecting or reconnecting with someone – either someone you’re building a friendship with or an old friend – at least once per week.
She also suggests drinking enough water so that ‘your pee is clear’ and only drinking alcohol to enjoy yourself with friends or family.
What is 75 Hotter?
75 Hotter has eleven rules which span all aspects of our lives. The idea is to follow these for 75 days.
Dating: Cutting out toxic people and going no contact
Steps: 10,000 Hot Girl steps each day
Diet: Prioritising proteins and greens in every meal and following the ‘three bite rule’ for cravings and less nutritious snacks
Reading: Read a book in bed instead of scrolling
Water: Drinking enough water so that your ‘pee is clear’
Cleaning: Keeping your space clean and doing a clean sweep before bed every night
Connection: Each week, call or connect with someone you’re trying to build a connection with or an old friend
Drinking: Don’t drink to get drunk, just drink to enjoy yourself and celebrate and don’t drink alone
Exercise: Work out five times a week
Aesthetics: One beauty-based self-care practice a week, like getting your nails or hair done
Rather than fostering mental fortitude and extreme weight loss, the 75 Hotter challenge is apparently about enriching your life ahead of the holiday season, from cutting out toxic people and building new connections to focusing a little more on diet and exercise.
There’s no pressure to follow every single rule every single day, but it’s likely that doing so will promote balance and happiness in your life – just in time for Christmas and the start of a brand new year.
The reaction online has been pretty positive so far.
‘I was prepared to hate this but actually it’s very realistic and sustainable! I hate self help books and 75 hard felt isolating,’ one person commented.
And remember, if working out five times a week is too much for you, cut it down to something that feels manageable.
‘I’m starting tomorrow, but I’m not working out, baby steps,’ another person said. ‘I’m going to try to walk every day. No more being glued to my office chair/couch/bed.’
There’s nothing hotter than listening to your own mind and body.
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