This Eating Strategy Helped Me Finally Lose Nearly 40kg and Keep It Off
Food was always my biggest outlet for sadness. If something happened at school or with my family, I’d eat fast food and drink soda to feel better.
I also had thyroid problems, which led to me losing a lot of muscle and gaining a lot of body fat. At the peak of my thyroid issue, I weighed 163kg. (I’m 5′ 11″, by the way.)
When I graduated high school, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, and I ended up in a relationship that wasn’t great.
After I ended my crappy relationship, I realised I’d lost myself with the other person, and I wanted to figure out who I was. I knew I hated being overweight, but I never felt like I could actually do something about it. But I put my foot down and decided to try.
Learning how to watch my portions and cutting out soft drink were the biggest changes I had to make. I didn’t go on a diet, I just cut back on the amount of food I was eating. It was crazy to find out how much I was eating versus what I should have been eating. I also bought smaller plates to make my reduced portions look more normal.
Quitting soft drink was really hard. For a while, I was going to 7-Eleven to get a Double Gulp (that’s 1.9L) consistently. When I made the switch to unsweetened iced tea, I dropped 3.6kg in one week, and I just felt better. Once I saw those results, I didn’t really want to drink soft drink anymore.
Once I mastered smaller meals and snacks, I started incorporating healthier foods. I searched online for info about how much protein, carbs, and veggies I should be eating. Google has been my best friend through everything.
After I started losing weight by eating better, I worked some cardio into my routine. At first, I hiked a 2km outside, three times a week. I started small because working out is harder when you’re heavy. Then I joined a gym and used the elliptical. I’d occasionally use the treadmill, though running has never been my thing. Once I started getting into a routine, I began working out for an hour to 90 minutes, five to six days a week.
A year-and-a-half after setting out to lose weight, I hit 95.2kg all by myself!
Though I’d lost 40 kg on my own, I really wanted to see 90kg on the scale. I thought working with a trainer could help get me there. After training with him once a week for two months, I hit my lowest weight of 85kg.
When I was 136kg, all I wanted was to be skinny. But once I got to 83kg, I didn’t feel as happy as I thought I would. I felt really weak and frail.
So, I stopped working with a trainer, put a little bit of weight back on over the holidays, and started lifting.
Today, two years after setting out to lose weight, I weigh 97kg.
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