When someone has lost something, it’s typically something they want back. When it comes to weight, that’s something that nobody really wants back. Also, when we lose something, it’s gone unintentionally. So, it’s kind of strange when we say we want to lose weight or we’ve lost weight when it’s something we’re just not really wanting back but we also made the intention to lose it.
I for one, have lost weight and I don’t want it back.
Now, I’ve lost a total of 110 pounds in a span of a couple of years I get asked a lot how did I do it. I always tell people that’s done the healthy way, which is true, because I did my entire weight lost regimen pretty healthy I’d like to think. Sure, I’ll admit I would obsess over the scale every once in the while but I finally snapped out of it where once a month I would hop on the scale if even that.
We are all Different
Now I like to think weight loss is mostly a mental challenge rather than a physical one. You can debate me on that, but it takes willpower to eat healthily and to get active. It takes a lot of encouragement, especially from yourself to believe you can do it. But in general, pushing weight loss and fitness aside, if you’re just wanting to be healthy, it really can be nothing more than a mental challenge; self-discipline, self-encouragement, and giving yourself some love. All of this can really be a challenge and for some, it really can be a hard one.
We’re all different, we have different bodies, we think and feel in different ways. The way I lose weight may not work for you. Maybe the exercises I do won’t just work for you. Sometimes I feel like health and wellness can be a little subjective. Especially when it comes to our bodies. We’re all unique, not all bodies lose or gain fat or even muscle the same way.
It’s a Lifestyle Change
I was around the age of 20 when I chose to drop the weight. Yes, it was difficult giving myself the motivation. Growing up, I was obese and I would go on a diet for maybe a week at maximum and just go back to eating junk food. I wanted to be skinny so bad, but I hated the idea of going on a diet, let alone exercising. What I learned about losing weight is that you need to make a complete lifestyle change. Diets truly don’t cut it. Sure, you have those diets such as the Atkins diet, Keto, Paleo, and many others . Hell, there are communities of people that swear up and down by them. Sure, I’ll completely respect their decision, and if it’s healthy and if it works, well good for them.
But I truly believe diets are short-term changes for short-term results. I guess I should clarify that I mean Fad Diets (to tell you the truth I have no idea if the Keto Diets and the others are fads or not). I’ve tried diets before, and like I said earlier I would only go on a diet for a week at most. I’ve tried the 3 Day Military Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the one where you cut out all carbs, and a couple of other ones. Okay, I’ll admit I may have lost a few pounds (probably at most 3 to 4 pounds in a week). But did I keep the weight off? No!
What I’ve Learned
I learned to take it slow: slowly cut out the junk, adding substitutes, and slowly incorporating healthier foods into my diet. For me, this really worked out. I can say the same about exercising. I didn’t just randomly begin getting up at 5 am to go for a run. I would just go on walks, bring some weights, and just slowly add and change up my exercise regimen until I actually enjoyed working out.
But this is nothing more than my point of view on weight loss. If you’re interested in how I lost the weight, you can read the How I Lost 100 Pounds article.